Posted by Nina on Apr 15, 2011

So I am that photographer who seldom carries a tiny camera in her purse but uses her cellphone to snap those random images of things, people, and places you want to remember… but they are all so RANDOM!! and cellphone photos are never really creative or fancy… until you apply tilt shift + filters! Add instagram and your random photos are not so… boring! lol

Please forgive the random flood of weird images… I think I am obsessed!!

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The Georgia Trip Continued..

Posted by Nina on Sep 15, 2009

Now that we’re unpacked and are finally settled in back at home I have time to give you a proper update and post about the trip to Georgia! The day we arrived we quickly ran to get our rental car and checked in to our hotel in Atlanta and then ran to the Good Eat’s 10th Anniversary show. It will air on the Food Network on October 10th at 10:00PM.

We weren’t allowed to photograph or record the program so all we were able to get were a few shots of the band that played and various stage changes. We had center stage seats and we weren’t all that far away (seats 120-something). The show wasn’t your average cooking show. There wasn’t any actual cooking.. instead it was more like a variety show. It started off with him sitting on the sofa with Ted Allen interviewing him, then moved through various performances of game show quizzes and clips from previous episodes. There was 1 other taping earlier in the day but our show lasted longer and was much louder than the first show. If you see a a red and white pixel (red hair, white top) center stage when it airs, that’s probably me!

The next day we checked out of our hotel and headed to the aquarium. As in my previous post I mentioned how awesome it was. We spent the entire day there. We got to see a couple feedings and the fish were all amazing. Aquariums are one of my favorite places to be. I’d live under water if I could! Everyone knows how much I love to swim! The penguins were having their habitat rebuilt so we didn’t get to see them. 🙁 We had tickets to the Titanic exhibit (see my blog post here for more details) and went there after browsing the fish. I can’t even tell you how amazing and tragically sad it all felt to me. You got to see a recreation of a 1st class & 3rd class rooms, actual clothes and luggage, and even smell the perfume of some of the passengers. There were dozens of dishes and pots and things you could see, and every item I saw, I kept being reminded of just how many people lost loved ones that fateful night.. so it was a bittersweet experience. I was fascinated by everything they managed to pull up and preserve and yet saddened by the tragic loss of life that made these things so famous… even more bittersweet at the end of the voyage you find out of the people you were and were with survived. My husband’s passenger didn’t survive and it was a great reminder never to take a day with him for granted. We then jumped in our car and headed out to Savannah.

We decided to stay near the Savannah airport since everything we read online said downtown was rough at night.. but we didn’t really find that to be true… maybe who ever said that has never been to Detroit at night? or at the very least, not a Detroiter! lol We ran to Walmart to pick up a few things and then decided to get to sleep so we could see the sights early in the morning. We spent a lot of our time up and down River Street visiting all the little shops there and then went on to the Visitor Information Center to pick up a map and get an idea for things we might want to do around the city. The first thing I always do when going to a new place is check yelp for local yarn shops so I can gather some yarn for a project. I decided on Wild Fibre. The shop is little but is stocked with brand names like Rowan, Plymouth, Berroco, and more.. they also have spinning fibers.

We decided OK, I decided, that we should take a ghost of Savannah tour and there were tons to choose from.. one of them you even ride in a hearse! I couldn’t talk my husband into getting on a hearse so we settled for the T.A.P.S. tour.. the one that was featured on Sci-Fi’s Ghost Hunter’s. We got our tickets and waited for the black trolley to come pick us up. It was PACKED! Every single seat filled. I forgot to snap a photograph of the trolley guide but I managed to snap a photo of the house tour guide. The inside of the trolley is decked out something like an old hearse or coffin.. I am not sure which is more appropriate. The first stop is an old Manor house that we all left the trolley and went into a pitch black house and you’re shuffled from room to room until you are moved into the slave quarters and you are played a recording that T.A.P.S. was supposed to have recorded. You then tour the grounds and back to the trolley you go! You then drive by various houses and hear the stories of the people who lived there. The last stop is of an old Cemetery where a man was murdered and the crime was never solved. I won’t give away all the details.. if you are ever in Savannah, you should check one out! They are at the very least, fun! We didn’t catch a ghost on film, but one of the men next to me swears he captured one on his cell phone… I sort of think it looked like a reflection from my camera flash.. but who am I to ruin his fun?

We took in the musket demonstration that I mentioned in my previous post and we ate at a few little places on River Street.. River House was one of them but I can’t remember the other’s 🙁 They were both good but all the places we visited had very little for Vegetarians on their menus and Vegans were limited to salads and make your own dressings. There was however one exception. The Lady & Son’s.

On all of your tourist information you are told that you need to be at the restaurant at 9am to make reservations for dinner. I am not really sure if you have to do this or not.. I’ll explain this in a moment. We made our reservation for 7pm and when we got there we were told to head to the 3rd floor. The first floor looked to have a buffet that you served yourself from.. the elevator was full of elegant gold lights and mirrors, you know, so the ladies can fix their make-up. When we walked into the 3rd floor all of the rooms were painted ivory with plants and shabby chic style paintings on the walls. The ceiling had pipes exposed but were also painted white and the windows all had green shutters. It was more or less how I actually pictured her restaurant looking. When you are seated a waiter brings you a hoecake (a regular pancake) and a cheese biscuit then hands you your menus. On the menu there also isn’t much for Vegetarians but I can tell you first hand, they will make you up a killer salad that would feed an army upon request! We decided to order a salad to split between us for an appetizer.. the salad they brought us easily could have fed a family of 4! It was apparent to us that no one ever leaves Paula Deen’s hungry! Sergey had salmon which came with some sort of fried rosoto cakes and asparagus.. we also got to see what their chicken potpie looked like. It was a huge charger plate full of a creamy chicken & vegetable filling topped with latticed butter pastry. No, there was no shortage of food or butter at Paula Deen’s! I had a martini of some kind there but I can’t remember the name.. Southern Lady? something like that.. it tasted of orange and would be perfect for breakfast or brunch! We shared a piece of key lime pie for desert and went back to our hotel bloated and happy.

and I think that pretty much sums up most of our trip. 🙂 We had a great time… and if you get the chance.. go! If you plan to go to the Lady & Son’s, you might want to make reservations if you don’t care to wait for a free table, but I think walk in’s will eat downstairs at the buffet area.. I’m not positive about this but that was the impression I got.

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Nina on Jun 5, 2008

Holland, MI

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Posted by Nina on Nov 1, 2006

Bella dressed up as a ladybug for Halloween.. we even took her trick or treating (to PetSmart) and she got a really cute little shirt that says “I didn’t ask to be a Princess, but if the crown fits…” and she looks so cute in it! There are almost no Trick-or-Treaters in our area.. driving back from PetSmart we only saw a handful and most were teenagers!! Like 16+!

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Leaving Tomorrow!

Posted by Nina on Sep 4, 2006

So much has happened since my last update, I don’t even know where to begin… we’ve been to Watkin’s Glen state park, Taughannock falls, antique shops, and a few vineyards along the way. It’s breath taking here.. the weather hasn’t been the greatest.. but at least we only had one day of real rain.. I’m sad to be leaving here tomorrow. 🙁

Belhurst Castle: Where we are staying

The only patch of sun we’ve seen

NY lake view

Rapids at Watkin’s Glen

Taughannock falls

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Semi – Apartment Tour

Posted by Nina on Aug 21, 2006

Following suit of a few of my favorite bloggers, here is a pan of our living room. The rest can be seen on my flickr account. The bathroom, kitchen, and computer room are still missing.. but I’ll add them soon.

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back from Chicago

Posted by Nina on May 30, 2006

we got back some time late last night.. we had a fabulous time in Chicago. We went to the Shedd Aquarium on Sunday.. we ended up eating lunch in the restaurant there and we ended up getting free soup, desert, and gummy bears because our order took longer than expected! Food was fabulous! We didn’t do much on Saturday.. but we did walk around the city a bit and we stopped at Uno’s for dinner.. the pizza was great but not as good as California Kitchens… We went and saw the King Tut exhibit on Monday right before we left… was a painful, relaxing, invigorating, inspiring, relieving, exhausting, but wonderful vacation…. but I am happy to be home. Pics in my flicker account.

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