Things To Do During Rose Bowl, Zeppelin Flight, Pasadena, CA

Wednesday December 22, 2010 at 1:01 PM | 0 Comments


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What to do in Pasadena during a Rose Bowl Visit

Are you one of the lucky fans who will be attending the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California? There are plenty of things to see and do in Pasadena besides watching the Rose Bowl Football Game and the Rose Bowl Parade.

During your visit to Southern California, make time for a flight seeing tour from the air. Visitors to Pasadena will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly with the Farmers’ Airship in a Zeppelin named Eureka!

Pricing & Availability: Tours start at $375/per person, plus taxes.

Where: 1,000 feet above Long Beach. Flights will depart from Long Beach Airport December 28-30, 2010 and January 2, 2011.

Quick Facts About the Farmers Airship, the Zeppelin Eureka:

  • The Farmers Airship, the only commercial passenger airship in the United States; it is owned and operated by Airship Ventures
  • The Farmers Airship is a Zeppelin named Eureka, not a blimp; she is one of only three Zeppelins in the world and the only in the U.S.
  • At 246 feet in length, the Farmers Airship is the largest airship in the world
  • The Farmers Airship is 15 feet longer than a 747 and 50 feet longer than the largest blimp
  • The Farmers Airship regularly offers flightseeing tours above the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, Monterey and Los Angeles
  • Custom charters and routes are available for private parties
  • The airship’s steady, smooth flight and great panoramas also makes her ideal as a scientific research and observation platform, NASA, SETI, Cal-EMA and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have all used the Farmers Airship in this capacity
  • The Farmers Airship’s cabin holds 12 passengers and boasts luxury features like oversized windows (some open!), an on-board restroom with a view and a rear loveseat complete with a panoramic, wrap-around window
Farmers Airship, Airship Ventures, Zeppelin, Rose Bowl, Nancy D. Brown

Fly in a Zeppelin during your visit to Southern California Rose Bowl




Have you been shopping at the Rose Bowl Flea Market? What are your favorite things to do in Pasadena, California?


If You Go:

Airship Ventures 1 (650) 969-8100 Ext. 1111

NASA Research Park

P.O. Box 345

Moffett Field, CA 94035-0345

Things to See and Do in Bayeux, Normandy, France

Friday December 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 0 Comments

Things to See and Do in Bayeux, Normandy

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The first place I take a visitor is to the old town and Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is the old town of Bayeux around the Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, built in 1077, by the brother of William the Conqueror.

When I crave Normandy cuisine, like tarte tatin Normandie, oysters, or Calvados brandy, I go to the French gourmet restaurant of the Chateau La Chenevière for dinner ( Port-en-Bessin, 10Km away from Bayeux).

To escape from work, I go shopping in the Grand Rue (main street).

For complete quiet, I can hide away in the Botanic Garden.

Come to Bayeux and get your picture taken at the old water mill

If you come to Bayeux, get your picture taken by the old watermill.
If you have to order one thing off the menu at L’Assiette Normande, order a plate of Bayeux pork with ‘andouille’ and apple with creamy potato topping.

An odd fact about Bayeux. You can attend beggar mass during Medieval Festival (every first week-end of July in Bayeux).

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Le Petit Bordelais where the cellarman cooks a dish of the day served with a glass of fine French wine.

For a huge splurge, I go to Le P’tit Resto or La Rapière.

Photo ops in Bayeux are best along the river Aure, or in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral of Bayeux.

The best vantage points are passage de l’Islet or place De Gaulle.

The most random thing about Bayeux is the Le Prix Bayeux-Calvados des correspondants de guerre (war correspondants prize)

In Bayeux, an active day outdoors involves walking.

My favorite walking route is along the river Aure.

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Viking ship outside Bayeux Tapestry Museum

Bayeux’ best museum is The Bayeux Tapestry Museum.

For fun at night go to the brand new bowling alley.

To find out what’s going on at night or on weekends, visit to the tourism office and Bessin-Normandy website.

Printemps: In the spring, you should commemorate the D-Day invasion (around 6th of June D-Day Festival)

Eté:In the summer you should go watch at dusk the show of architectural projections “Rendez-vous à la Cathédrale

Automne: In the fall you should celebrate le “Goût du Large” in Port-en-Bessin, an event dedicated to scallops.

Hiver: In the winter you should take a course of Bayeux Lace with the lacemakers at the Conservatoire de la Dentelle.

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Restaurant in Bayeux, France

A hidden gem is the crypt of the Cathedral.

For a great breakfast, go to Café Inn and taste handmade pastries.

Just outside Bayeux, you can visit World War II D-Day Beaches with Normandy Sightseeing Tours or ramble through Port-en-Bessin, a picturesque fishing village and site of a British landing during D-Day.

The best way to see Bayeux is to walk around Old Town.

If you have kids, you will not want to miss the Game Festival in May every year.

Where are your favorite things to do in France?

This guest post is contributed by Vera Marie Badertscher, A Traveler’s Library for What a Trip

Vera Marie Badertscher wishes to thank the Bessin-Normandy Tourism office in Bayeux, and Fanny Garbe for help in assembling this information. All pictures are the property of and used with the permission of Vera Marie Badertscher.

San Francisco Neighborhoods – Divisadero Corridor

Friday December 10, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 8 Comments

Divisadero Art Walk, San Francisco, California, Nancy D. Brown, travel

Welcome to the Divisadero Corridor a San Francisco Neighborhood

Welcome to the Neighborhood: A Series About San Francisco Neighborhoods

To really get to know San Francisco and to feel like a traveler and not just a tourist, visitors to the city should venture beyond the famous landmarks and get out into the neighborhoods. San Francisco’s neighborhoods are as diverse and interesting as the people who live here – it is so much fun to find the neighborhood that has your name all over it so that you can return time and time again to experience the delights of the city as locals would.

Divisadero Corridor Neighborhood – DivCo for short
Some neighborhoods are a few short blocks (i.e. Dogpatch), while others are eight square blocks (i.e. Chinatown). The neighborhood on our radar at this very moment is somewhere in between. This neighborhood is newly-named “DivCo” short for Divisadero Corridor. DivCo is a “microhood” of a neighborhood called “NoPa”, which is short for North of Panhandle. The whole area, at one point, was simply called the Western Addition. Sounds complicated, I know, but just think of these new neighborhood names as a sign of gentrification, neighborhood pride, and viable businesses and homes clustered together forming a community.


Divisadero Farmers Market, San Francisco, California, Nancy D. Brown

Western Addition – Now Micro Neighborhoods
In the case of DivCo, the area we’ll concentrate on,  this sprouting community runs roughly six blocks of Divisadero, from McAllister to Page. It is worth noting that not everyone embraces the name DivCo – naturally many old-timers and even some newbies hate it, so maybe you shouldn’t bandy that term around while you’re exploring this neighborhood.

The OLD Divisadero Streets of San Francisco
For many years, Divisadero was one of those streets that you find in every city – not the most scenic route but usually expeditious for getting from one side of town to the other. No reason to stop along the way, just power through to get to the final destination. That was the old Divisadero street; the one that we see today is the result of the Divisadero Streetscape Improvement Project: landscaped mediums (109 new trees!), new olde-world style street lamps, improved sidewalks and pedestrian access, and even a parklet.

What makes a thriving San Francisco Neighborhood
With the improvements came the things one expects of a thriving neighborhood in San Francisco: excellent restaurants, interesting bars, unique local shops, art venues and a farmer’s market. The neighborhood is still finding its vibe, which is nice because it is accessible and cool, but not too hip. It’s not a scene, but a neighborhood that lacks pretense and will welcome you. Now’s the time to explore!
To explore all that DivCo has to offer, start at lunch time and end at dinner. In between meals you can shop, wander, have a beverage or two and people-watch. Here are our recommendations:


Mojo Bicycle Cafe, Divisadero, San Francisco, California, Nancy D. Brown

Eat Lunch at Mojo Bicycle Cafe. Enjoy a salad or sandwich and a glass of wine at this bicycle shop/cafe. Have dinner at Ragazza. San Francisco is in the midst of a full-scale pizza war, and the recently opened Ragazza has some heavy artillery. The salads and sides are standouts too – the roasted squash with ricotta, currants and almonds is one of our faves.

Shop The Perish Trust. Art, antiques and amusements is how the owners describe their inventory. We call it a selection of beautifully curated items that proprietors Rod Hipskind & Kelly Ishikawa have put in their shop to tempt you.
The Prairie Collective – four friends and three business share space in this shop, offering jewelry, flowers, art, and all sorts of “uncommon goods”.
The Other Shop – get your mid-century modern on at this collective of 18 knowledgable and selective dealers.
Drink at Mini Bar SF. The name says it all – it is mini. What it lacks in size it makes up for in style, nice people and always interesting art.
Madrone Art Bar has art, art and more art. Plus specialty cocktails, super nice bartenders, a good crowd and great music.

Painted Ladies, Alamo Square, San Francisco, Nancy D. Brown, Travel

Explore Alamo Square. Enter Alamo Square one block off  Divisadero Street on Fulton. The Painted Ladies with the backdrop of the downtown San Francisco skyline never gets old, and soon you’ll be able to see The Painted Gentlemen too.

Some of the city’s best Victorians are located in this neighborhood, so have a wander around.
Divisadero Art Walk – community galleries, bars and restaurants feature art. Locals and visitors become art walkers at around 5pm. The shows generally lasts until midnight. This monthly event is a great time to get a feel for the community.
Divisadero Farmers Market This Sunday Farmer’s market also offers a chance to check out the neighborhood. There’s often live music and there’s always delicious food. Coffee by Mojo Bicycle Cafe.

What is your favorite neighborhood in San Francisco? What are your favorite things to do in San Francisco?

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Painted Ladies photo courtesy of  Sogospelman.