Merry Christmas from Nice, France

It is lovely to spend Christmas Day in Nice, a beautiful city on the French Riviera. It has sunshine, deep blue water, Promenade des Anglais, Vieux Nice, art work, and delicious food. A surprising Christmas gift was the ballet of “Don Quixote“ at Opéra de Nice. The theater is beautiful with an interesting history. I love ballet, but don’t have many opportunities to watch it … Continue reading Merry Christmas from Nice, France

First Two Days in Nice France

It is not easy to have an international trip during COVID time. Right now, France and the United Kingdom both request international travelers to submit a negative COVID testing within 48 hour departure, plus the certification of vaccination if you have. I went to Nice to visit my daughter who is currently staying in Nice France. Submitted all the paperwork of COVID testing and vaccination … Continue reading First Two Days in Nice France

Mystery of Alcatraz Escape

Alcatraz is located in San Francisco Bay. This small island was operated as a federal prison from 1934 to 1963. Today it has become a major tourist attraction with more than a million visitors each year. We visited Alcatraz in Oct 2021. The island is beautiful and calming itself. However, most of the prisoners in this former federal prison were infamous and notorious bank robbers … Continue reading Mystery of Alcatraz Escape

Memphis – The City of Music

Memphis, Tennessee is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and home of the blues. We spent a total of 4 days in Memphis and our tour of this historical music city was marvelous. Graceland Graceland is the home of Elvis Presley. It is also the 2nd Most Visited Home in the United States, about 700,000 people thronging to it every year. Only the White House … Continue reading Memphis – The City of Music

The Adventures of Calie and Oreo

Today is “International Cat Day”. I feel that I have responsibilities to tell the adventures storys of Calie and Oreo. Although, they are large female cats, they are easily scared due to lack the experience with other animals. Calie and Oreo were rescued into my in-law’s basement after they were just born. As indoor cats, they had easy and relaxing lives until one day “Kitty” … Continue reading The Adventures of Calie and Oreo

Pikes Peak, Inspiration for “America the Beautiful”

America’s patriotic song of “America the Beautiful” was originated as a poem inspired by Pikes Peak. Pikes Peak is 10 miles (16 km) west of Colorado Springs with 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) in elevation. It is called America’s mountain, the icon of American west. Katherine Lee Bates (August 12, 1859 – March 28, 1929) was a professor at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. In the summer … Continue reading Pikes Peak, Inspiration for “America the Beautiful”

Art Work at Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego is the location of the first European settlement in California. It provides advantages of Mexican heritage, historical sites, colorful shops and delicious restaurants. Old Town San Diego Historic Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a very large wall painting in the center of the old town I really enjoyed. A lady working there told me … Continue reading Art Work at Old Town San Diego

Herbal Medicine: Aloe Vera

Summer is here. Outdoor activities are a great part of a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of skin before and after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun is important. Sunburn can lead to not just sore skin, but also skin aging and skin cancer. Aloe vera gel is widely known to relieve sunburn and help healing wounds. There are commercial made aloe after sun … Continue reading Herbal Medicine: Aloe Vera

Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng (29 January 1953 – 8 May 1995) was a legendary Taiwanese singer, a cultural icon, and also referred as “Asia’s eternal queen of pop” in East and Southeast Asia. Teresa Teng was a daughter of a military family in Taiwan with four brothers. She showed her singing talent when she was a little girl. With her father’s approval, she quit school to pursue … Continue reading Teresa Teng