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Special in Flight Guests

Sunday, April 25th, 2010



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Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

We had some special guests on our flight back to the main land. There were 3 Boxers who joined us in the cabin. Normally dogs that don’t fit in carriers that go under the seats have to fly in the cargo area. These Boxers were certified Guide Dogs so they were allowed to ride in the leg room area with their handlers. This particular photos was while we were waiting at the gate (they didn’t get the ride in the seats). I’m giving the owners of these dogs kudos!

Day Two in Purto Rico-Snorkeling

Friday, April 23rd, 2010



Traveler Snorkeling

Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

On our second day in Puerto Rico, we went on a snorkeling excursion. We went through Traveler based on other people’s recommendations. FYI, you have to call ahead to make reservations and the number is on the sign. We got fitted for goggles and fins at the dock and then took off for the ocean. On the way out our first snorkeling spot, we passed the El Conquistador Resort where my husband was a chef at one time. Our first stop was an island where several other excursions were anchored also. We got off the boat and there was a beach to hang out on and coral reefs off the shore. The water wasn’t very deep, but I think that I got some pretty good photos of the reefs. Once we had spent some time in the water, we got back on the boat for lunch and drinks. Everything was provided in the cost the excursion and they definitely did not want you going thirsty. Then we sailed out to anther location to anchor. We stopped just short of a private island. Supposedly the island was once owned by Ricky Martin. The water was much deeper, much colder, and much saltier. But the corals were a lot better with schools of fish everywhere. There was even an old lobster trap that was in the reefs that made for a good photo. We had a great day and the weather could not have been more beautiful.

First Day in Puerto Rico

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010



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Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

After months of planning, a friend of mine and I finally made it Puerto Rico!!! Our first day was filled with humidity, funerals, food, sight seeing, and more food. We took an early flight out of Tampa to arrive on the island at 10:00am. As soon as we walked out of the terminal, the humidity hit us like a ton of bricks. I am from TN and my friend is from FL, but it is already a lot hotter and more humid than the states. We weren’t in PR more than an hour when we got to witness a Puerto Rican gang member’s funeral. This is just speculation and can not be confirmed. We went to San Juan to eat lunch at a local favorite place-El Hamburger. The parking lot was only big enough for about 8 cars so they had someone directing traffic with parking spots while people enjoyed hamburgers, French fries, and a coke. After lunch we walked across the street to over look the ocean. Then we drove to Old San Juan. We went by the Fort El Morro. We did not do the guided tour, just got out and walked around. We went into The Catedral de San Juan where Marc Anthony & Dayanara Torres were married. We finally got checked into The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. Our room was fabulous and the view was even better! We got a beach front room!!! We also went for drinks then we finished the night off eating some delicious food at Bimo’s. It was Dominican food and the dishes were huge!

Viva Las Vegas

Thursday, January 28th, 2010



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Originally uploaded by Papa’s Pugs

Ever since I can remember, I have been slightly fascinated by Las Vegas. The image that I had in my mind had been brewing for years. Well, after 38 years, I finally made it to Fabulous Las Vegas!!! It was everything and more that I’d imagined.

We arrived Saturday night just in time to see the sun set on the Vegas strip. We stepped out onto to Las Vegas Blvd and this was the first thing that we saw. This character gives new meaning to the work freak! But he was super friendly or was that him just vying for tips?
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Here is a recap of the 5 days that we were there:
We stayed at The Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino-very swank atmosphere. And of course there was the Pleasure Pit where the pole dancers are among the card tables and the dealers are wearing lingerie. They have several Starbucks (24/7) that are adjacent to the casino floors. The fact that you can get gourmet coffee 24hrs a day is reason enough to move there.

We went down to Freemont Street at night to see the laser light show. The place was very interesting. Basically, they took the old downtown casinos and added a canopy to bridge the buildings. It transformed the place into an open air market with vendors and stages set up. It is really worth a visit, but I would suggest going at night to get the full effect. Not to leave the pugs out, I got them some custom made t-shirts!
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Planet Hollywood Westgate: My husband signed us up for a time share presentation. It was supposed to be 1.5 hrs-it was 2.5 hrs. We were supposed to get breakfast-we got a Sara Lee muffin. We did NOT fork over $50k for a time share, but we did get tickets to the Blue Man Group; albeit the worst seats in the house.

Blue Man Group: I have mixed reviews. Part of it was really good and part of it was really slow. I have talked to other people who have seen in the past; apparently they change up their show because some of the material they are going now they have not done in the past.

Terry Fator Show: Terry is a ventriloquist comedian. His show was very good. He mixes the puppets singing (him singing without moving his lips), comedy, and him singing. He was funny and interesting. If you like comedy, he was worth seeing.

Transportation: If you go to Las Vegas, you need to get passes for The Deuce. The Deuce is double decker public transportation bus that runs up and down the strip (and to Freemont St) pretty much all day/night. The passes are $15 for 3-day unlimited pass; $7 for 24 hrs pass; and the least economical is the $3 per ride pass. But, you can not get on with any drinks-alcoholic or otherwise. I missed a bus because I had a brand new Starbucks that I wasn’t willing to trash.

All in all, we had a wonderful trip and I’d go back next week if I could!