Guideline Prescription Sunglasses Eyewear for Travel, Fishing

Wednesday June 12, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 1 Comment

Nancy D. Brown fish

Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown fishing Alaska’s Yetna River

I remember fishing with my husband for king salmon on Alaska’s Yetna River with our fishing guide Zak Greenwood back in 2007. I called him the steely eyed guide because he could spot fish moving underwater faster than a hummingbird in flight. I don’t know if his laser eye ability was due to his polarized sunglasses, or the fact that he grew up fishing the rivers of Idaho and Washington. Whatever the case, I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to spot fish like Zak. Fast forward six years and my first purchase of Guideline sunglasses.  These are not just any sunglasses, mind you, they are prescription sunglasses from Guideline, a Hollister, California-based company that specialize in eyegear for the fisherman and woman.


Guideline sunglasses

Nancy D. Brown reviews Guideline prescription sunglasses

Guideline prescription sunglasses

I’m not thrilled to admit that I need prescription glasses, or that I wear bifocals. But the truth is, I like being able to see a fish gliding under the water and I like being able to kick back on a boat, or cruise ship, and read a book with the same pair of sunglasses. In fact, I feel quite blessed to be out in nature and see so much beauty above and below the water.


Guideline eyewear protection

Some of you know that I specialize in equestrian travel. It is just as important to wear good eye protection out on the trail as it is on the water. I selected the Current Rx frame due to its aggressive wrap design, offering eye protection from the sun, dust and wind. With its modified square, wrap style frame, these ultra-light sunglasses are sure to stay put riding the waves, or riding horseback.


Sunglasses with polarized lenses

Nancy D. Brown sunglasses

Nancy Brown wearing Guideline prescription sunglasses

As anyone who spends time on the water knows, the sun’s rays dance on the water’s surface. Polarized lenses may cost a bit more, $20. in this instance, but they cut the glare and protect your eyes from harmful sun rays. With the Guideline Current Rx bifocals, the lens tints are offered in gray, brown or Spring Creek Cooper tint.  I opted for deep water gray tint and am happy with my selection.

Not all Guideline sunglasses frames accommodate bifocals, but the folks at Guideline are very friendly and, for a deposit, they’ll ship you the different frames to try before you buy.

With a base price of  $169.00, my Guideline Current Rx prescription bifocal sunglasses are an excellent investment in eyegear.


Guideline sunglasses review

Guideline sunglasses for travel, fishing and riding

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow Guideline Eyegear on Twitter @guidelinesun.

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Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Guideline supplied me with these prescription sunglasses for review.

Walt Disney Family Museum

Monday June 10, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 5 Comments

In the shadow of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge lies San Francisco’s historic Presidio. Formerly a military base, the Presidio is now home to several visitor centers and interesting sites. Of these, the Walt Disney Family Museum is on the “must see” list for anyone visiting the Presidio and San Francisco.


The Walt Disney Family Museum

 Looking out over the Presidio’s parade ground, the Walt Disney Family Museum is dedicated to the life and legacy of its namesake. Whether or not you grew up with a love of Disney, the museum is a great way to spend a few hours in San Francisco. Co-founded by Disney’s daughter Diane, the museum takes visitors on a journey through Walt’s life. It features 10 permanent displays, starting with Walt’s family history and ending with his death from cancer in 1966. The museum also houses a collection of the 200-odd awards Walt Disney won during his life, including several Oscars.


Walt Disney Family Museum

San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum, in the historic Presidio, is a great way to spend some time in the city.

Permanent Walt Disney exhibits

 The permanent displays at the Walt Disney Family museum offer something for everyone. There are original plans and drawings by Disney, colorful animated clips, and more artifacts than you could count. Every way you turn there’s something new to see, with plenty to look at for children and adults alike. When I went, the children seemed to be enjoying it just as much as the adults and vise versa, although they gravitated toward different parts of each exhibit.


Changing Disney exhibits

 Along with the 10 permanent exhibits, The Walt Disney Family Museum also has an area for non-permanent exhibits. Currently, there is a special showing of “Down the Rabbit Hole,” a collection of paintings by artist Camille Rose Garcia. The exhibition runs through November 2013, and is a new take on the art of the Disney classic Alice in Wonderland. Past exhibitions have included everything from Snow White to Christian Louboutin.


Fantasia-inspired movie theater

If you need to take a break from walking around the museum, stop for a moment in the Fantasia-inspired movie theater on the bottom floor. There, the museum has daily screenings of classic Disney movies. After exploring the exhibits dedicated to Walt Disney and his work, it’s hard to resist.


The Walt Disney Family Museum features several changing exhibits. This is from the current "Down the Rabbit Hole," a collection by artist Camille Rose Garcia.

The Walt Disney Family Museum features several changing exhibits. This is from “Down the Rabbit Hole,” a collection by artist Camille Rose Garcia.


Of all Walt Disney’s work, perhaps none is better known around the world than Disneyland. It was the crowning jewel of Walt’s Disney empire, and is more popular now than he could have possibly imagined. As such, a large part of the Walt Disney Family museum is dedicated to Disneyland, and how it came to be (the inspiration for the entire park came from a train he had installed in his home). From footage of the early days of the park to an incredibly detailed 12-foot round scale model, anyone who’s heard of Disneyland can appreciate this part of the museum.


Disney magic

 Walt Disney Family Museum

Walt’s impressive award collection, including several Oscars, on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum

The so-called “Disney magic” is present at every turn, from Mickey Mouse and his earliest form (Steamboat Willie) to Walt’s visions for EPCOT and beyond, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a great place to visit for anyone who has ever seen a Disney film, been to Disneyland, or just enjoys movies and history in general.

Most people have seen at least one Disney animated feature, whether it be classics like Snow White or more modern flicks like Tangled. However, you don’t have to be a fan of Disney movies to enjoy the Walt Disney Family Museum. When it comes down to it, Walt Disney was just a struggling artist who eventually found success doing what he loved. Walt Disney was a fascinating person with an interesting story, who happened to create one of the most successful media empires of all time. The museum bearing his namesake celebrates the years of both struggle and success, and everything in between.

Insider Tip

If you find yourself wanting a snack during your visit, the museum café has several options. However, these are a little on the expensive side, so I recommend bringing your own snacks or grabbing a bite in one of the restaurants or cafes in the Presidio. For souvenir collectors, the Walt Disney museum also has a gift shop.

For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and follow @WDFMuseum on Twitter.

If You Go:

The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street
The Presidio, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129


Open Wednesday-Monday: 10am-6pm

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Baía da Barca Hotel, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Friday June 7, 2013 at 5:05 AM | 7 Comments

Baía da Barca

Baia da Barca hotel review. Village of Madalena, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

If you enjoy the privacy that an apartment has to offer, yet you still like a hot breakfast waiting for you in the morning, Baía da Barca combines the best of both worlds on Pico Island. This four star self-catering apartment hotel is located in the village of Madalena, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in an upscale area of Pico Island, in the Azores.

Built in 2009, this environmentally-friendly hotel offers 12 apartments, many with panoramic views of Pico Mountain or looking out to the sea. While the energy efficient hotel does offer handicapped accessible rooms, mine was not one of them. I stayed in #2, one of four upstairs units, with 15 steps leading up to the top apartment. Once inside, a cheery living room with fireplace greeted me, with a small kitchen on the other side of the room.  I didn’t utilize the kitchen, so I’m not able to comment on its functionality, but a plus for those who want to keep dining dollars to a minimum.


Baia da Barca bedroom

Baia da Barca bedroom on Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Baía da Barca bedrooms

My standard hotel room came with two twin beds, with a view of the Atlantic Ocean from the bedroom. If you love to hear the ocean at night while you sleep, this is a great place. If you prefer to sleep in silence, simply close the windows; same goes for sleeping with the curtains open or using the blackout curtains. Personally, I like to wake up to sunshine.


Bathrooms and bidets on Pico Island

I’m a California girl, so we don’t typically use bidets in our bathrooms in the United States. In Portugal, these separate hygiene centers are standard fair in every bathroom. Another bathroom appliance that I take for granted in the United States is a large bathtub. I don’t necessarily consider myself a large American at 5’3”, but this particular bathtub on Pico Island seemed small to me. I did appreciate the large, white towels available in the bathroom, as well as the hair dryer.


Breakfast is incuded at Baia da Barca, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Breakfast is incuded at Baia da Barca, Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Baía da Barca breakfast

Breakfast, served daily from 7:30-10:30 a.m., included scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, yogurt, breads (croissants, as well as Portuguese breads) with several types of local jams available, coffee and juice.


Relax at Baía da Barca

Open the front door to Baía da Barca and you’ll be greeted with a refreshing view of the salt water swimming pool, beyond the pool is the Atlantic Ocean. To the right of the pool, a Jacuzzi and sauna are yours to use. On the left, the double doors to the reception area await, as well as a computer for guest use. A sitting area awaits, in addition to a small dining room, set for breakfast.


Baia da Barca pool

Baia da Barca salt water swimming pool on Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

Need to know

Depending on the season, standard rooms rent for 100 euros, with panoramic sea views for $140 euros. My stay was in late May, the end of low season. Check the website for current pricing.

Internet access is complimentary – you’ll need a password. Parking is available across the street.

Check-in time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.


Insider tip

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Baia da Barca apartment

Baia da Barca self catering apartments on Pico Island, Azores, Portugal

If You Go:

Baía da Barca  351 292 628 750

Lugar da Barca 9950-303 Madalena do Pico,
Açores, Portugal

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Azores Tourism, Portugal Tourism and SATA Airlines. All opinions are my own.

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