While we cannot travel, we still can enjoy each other and date each other, so tried a new place, the Marine City Fish Company. We were told, get a reservation, but we did not need one at 4:30pm on a Friday, the only time they told us they had one, it was fine, we are dieting and starving, so eating early sounded great to us. I would recommend a reservation after 5:30pm for sure. The weather was PERFECT for walking around town afterward.
Next year, we are going to try this restaurant out, but looks like reservations are required. We loved the feel, look and menu of this place. It is so close to our hotel, we could walk over. Date night idea 2020!
Were back on the Ruby Princess Cruise ship and having a date night. We are celebrating our Anniversary on Board, before headed over to Vancouver, British Columba. We buy the upgraded King Crab dinner for $29.00 each.
Having crabs for dinner
We did think the upgrade pricing was worth it, and enjoyed the nite celebrating!
We have been back from Tokyo for a little while now and wrapping up these posts. So just a few left. Then on to our next adventure.
David and I always try and sneak away from the kids for an evening – we try to do it once a week, but it does not always work, but we steal away time even if just a walk down the street to a mini eatry – the giblet hotpot for some yummy meats on a stick. We tried the chicken skin, chicken wings, asked for a surprise (yep could have been anything, guessing it was heart) and some pork belly. All was delicious.
Cooking up our dinner date snack.
We like to date, even when traveling, we think it is part of what keeps us together – grown up time to re-connect. My daughter recently asked David, what was he looking for in a date when he was first dating me – he said companionship – he wanted a companion to do things with, talk with, travel with, enjoy his time with. That is part of what Date night is for us. So we date.
Next posts: Notre Dame and The Louvre Museum.
At the end of our visit with our Son in Phily, PA, Brett had to head back to his job at Dover Air Force Base for a 6am Shift on Sunday. While we only had Friday and Saturday to be with Brett, the visit was wonderful and this left a date nite for us parents. We chose to visit the Chinese Lantern Festival -which was at Franklin Square, within walking distance from our rental apartment. The festival moves from town to town and is in downtown Philadelphia thru June 30, 2019. This website has more information: http://historicphiladelphia.org/
The Festival has these Extreme oversized light sculptures, some that move and change colors. There is also food, alcohol, acrobats, snacks, vendors and these incredible visual explosion of color and showmanship of what looks like paper or silk lighted lantern art. I loved this and would recommend it with a 10 out of 10. The price was $20 each, and even though it rained the entire time, I did not even notice I was so memorized. Fun night, and my husband is wonderful company.
I figured out how to add videos! Better later than never! so this is older post updated.
We only had two days in Havana, Cuba – so we made the most of it – a day of everything, then an evening trip to the Tropicana Club. I would describe it as an outdoor larger version of the “I Love Lucy” Show’s – Ricky Ricardo’s Club – which was also originally called Tropicana – then renamed Club Babalu. David and I saw the Las Vegas review – Jubilee, and this show is superior, the dancers have a fire, the music is the over the top and beats Jubilee for me.
We took a bus on a 20min drive to the Tropicana, which had a huge entrance first with a Billboard show casing the Tropicana Club name and a dancing ballerina (club icon), then we drive down a tropical foliage filled drive to the entrance.
We stood in line a long line, but only for 5 mins to walk thru a lobby, where a Tropicana show girl hands out a cigar to each man and a flower to each women. There is a sign posted – all must pay to take pictures inside the club, which we did (hence our photos and videos), but we saw no one else pay and no one was stopped from taking photos, so if you skipped this fee, I don’t believe there would be any trouble for you. We then huddle into what we assumed would be an indoor theater, but instead we were walked outside to a lush outdoor garden amphitheater style venue, with elaborate overhead lighting.
This picture does this location no justice. It is a 180 degree theatre, with a waterfall dancing stage to our far left, a main stage for singers directly ahead, a mini dance bridge in between. To our right was a three level tower of dancers and in between the main stage and this tower was a hidden full orchestra.
This picture also does this club a small justice there is stages to the left and right.
The girls and the costumes are incredible. There were tall statues of art with about 12 costume changes that each were more over the top than the previous, we saw bikini (no nudity) wearing model ladies, with fruit baskets 3 feet tall on their head, they wore chandeliers on their heads, they danced in the 80 degree night heat like it was nothing.
There were acrobats and singers and non stop Mambo, cha cha cha rhythms action for the entire 1 hour 45 min show.
You get an entire bottle of rum (and a big bottle, larger than a fifth) to split with four people at your table, each person gets a tiny glass bottle of Coca-cola along with a bucket of ice. So of course we drank most of it in the flaming heat, which made our bus drive home a boisterous spectacle to our bus mates, we laughed so hard, I think we had everyone else laughing too. I highly recommend the Tropicana Club for the Havana experience! We sat at the back, and I would have paid the extra $30/ dollars for a middle closer seat, but the front section is not necessary – all views are amazing.
David and I just returned from Disney today, What a fun time. Two and a half days alone with my husband, what a treat!
Yes, we were just in Disney in July, but that was with four kids, which had its drama and I was exhausted at the end of the trip.
Florida this October weekend was cooler, and actually invigorating.
We stayed at the time share – Summers Bay, which is a timeshare my husband has from way back. We went down for an owners meeting, that turned out to be a sales pitch. We did not let that stop our good time, and it was interesting to hear their offers. They start with a deal for $11,600 upgrade, then only $8,000 for a lesser version, then $4000, then $3000. I learned alot, so my time did not feel wasted, but don’t think I will be sitting thru one of those again soon.
The rest of the weekend was wonderful. Sharing some pictures of us at Universal City Walk, we also enjoyed an afternoon at Disney Springs (used to be Downtown Disney).
Ok, so reviewing the images, I realize, we saw the blue man group show, and then mostly ate.
We stopped at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal City Walk … they specialize in milkshakes, wow they looked amazing, the table behind us was a birthday party and they had one each. We saw them making a potted chocolate cream, which was a pot of what looked like hot fudge – super decadent. We had the chocolate bread, a peanut butter candy, baked apple macaroon, and a savory chili Brussels sprout dish to counter all the desserts. I LOVED this place. Steam punk meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
On Saturday we took a break from eating and cooled down in Disney Springs, Jock Lindsays Hanger Bar. The cool headed monkey was so lite and refreshing, I want one right now.
We also had a quick snack at Universals City Walk – Camacho Cantina. The corn pudding in the enchilada was so moist and delicious. I was just starting to enjoy the mariachi band, when the finished up for the nite.
The nite before we went to Joes Crab Shack and David ate all he could.
We were back home Monday early and we really just love these little escapes. I forget sometimes just how much I love being with David, and then I Also feel guilty for wanting him all to myself, he is also a wonderful Father and sharing him when were home is important to me, but damn I love all this alone time.
Next alone trip…. Chicago in November for RSNA – Radiological Society of North America.
We had a great date night at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s (DSO) Back to the Future Movie play along nite. We first ate dinner at Hop Cat a cute restaurant about four blocks from the DSO, which was a fine walk during the day, but at night… I was glad David was there with me. I can not believe I used to walk thru Detroit at night after grad school at Wayne State University by myself at 11pm, 1 block only, but crazy I did that back in the 1990’s.
We shared a plate of Vladimir Poutine Crack Fries, there was chili gravy, Peruogi and well the kitchen sink on those. I had a salad to counter the fries, David had a Bar Zee Hamburger. We could not finish it, so took most of it home for lunch the next day. I would go back for sure, but I also saw a restaurant I saw on one of those competition cooking shows I watch – Rock City (next visit).
We really enjoyed the show, I believe it was a one day event, but they do have a Home Alone show coming up for Christmas.
I still really enjoy my husband, he is my best friend and marriage and this partnership is just like I always imagined marriage would be like, but never experienced until I met David.