Travel Photos

Quick Washington D.C. Trip

A couple of years ago (prior to baby #1), my wife and I took a weekend trip to Washington D.C. Spent 2 nights in the city (1 at a generic Marriott and 1 night at the Park Hyatt). We managed to secure an upgrade to a suite for $45 same-day at the Park Hyatt, more than worth it!

We flew Southwest non-stop from ATL both directions as we managed to secure a really cheap flight. Nothing special to report from the flights.

Some pictures from our trip:

George Washington University

GW Campus

White House

Scene from behind the White House

Washington D.C.

Street scene from Georgetown

Washington D.C.

My wife and I in front of the U.S. Capital

Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

Bedroom of our suite at the Park Hyatt D.C.

Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

Living room of our suite at the Park Hyatt D.C.

Park Hyatt Washington D.C.

Bathroom of our suite at the Park Hyatt D.C. Deep tub to the left and stone surround shower on the right.

Overview of ATL

View of Atlanta on descent into ATL

Really fun weekend with some great food and 1 really nice hotel (Park Hyatt D.C.) + 1 mediocre hotel (Marriott Washington – Georgetown). Some of the restaurants we enjoyed:

-Mintwood Place (Dinner – Really solid)

-Le Diplomate (Brunch – Highly recommend)

This was our last trip before baby #1 was born, little did we know how our life would change (for the better!).

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2 days in Koh Samui

To finish our trip through Thailand we spent 2 days on the island of Koh Samui. One night at the Le Meridien and one night at the Conrad Koh Samui, both on points. Given this was the end of the trip and we were exhausted we spent very little time outside of each hotel as this was supposed to be the “relaxing” end to the trip. The pictures can speak for themselves but I don’t know if I would go back. The hotels were incredible but the island itself was haphazardly developed and the beach / water at both places left something to be desired. If I was going to choose a beach destination in Thailand (based on our experiences) I would go with Krabi.

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Main pool area of Le Meridien

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Beach outside Le Meridien

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Narrow beach in front of hotel

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Lazy rivers that flow throughout the property. This shot was taken right outside of our room, ability to swim up.

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Another view of the lazy river from inside our room.

Le Meridien Koh Samui

Sunken tub in the room.

Le Meridien Koh Samui

The hotel does a nightly lighting of traditional Thai lanterns in the main courtyard.

Conrad Koh Samui

Entrance to the Conrad.

Conrad Koh Samui

View from the lobby of the Conrad. Our villa is on the 3rd level from the water on the far right hand side of this picture.

Conrad Koh Samui

Entrance to our villa.

Conrad Koh Samui

Infinity pool in the villa.

Conrad Koh samui

Massive tub and awesome bathroom in the villa.

Conrad Koh Samui

Another view of the infinity pool and view from the villa.

Unfortunately, this concluded our wonderful time in Thailand. A few pictures below of the journey back through Bangkok to Seoul to Atlanta. Can’t say enough how amazing Thailand is, both the destination and the people.  Would love to return again in the future, maybe skipping Koh Samui on the return trip…….

Bangkok

6 hour layover in BKK.

Seoul

Waiting for our flight to ATL in ICN.

Seoul

Planespotting at ICN.

 

Trip Report: Christmas in Rome and New Year’s in Barcelona (Day 6-10)

New goal for this summer is to post much more frequently and as part of that I am trying to wrap up several old trip report series.  Today’s post will cover the last 5 days of our trip in 2012 to Rome and Barcelona.  Photo’s are from both Barcelona and the costa brava.  I will let the pictures do the talking in this post.  Looking forward to more posts soon!

View from our room in the Hilton Del Mar Barcelona

View from our room in the Hilton Del Mar Barcelona

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

Harbor

Harbor

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Our Smart car rental

Our Smart car rental

German Shorthaired Pointer reminding us of our dog at home

German Shorthaired Pointer reminding us of our dog at home

View over Cadaques

View over Cadaques

Waterfront near Dali's home

Waterfront near Dali’s home

Trip Report: Christmas in Rome and New Year’s in Barcelona (Day 5)

No excuse really for not posting the next installment in this trip report for more than 4 months, just have been extremely busy at work and haven’t dedicated the time to complete it.  Given that I have had such a long gap in between reports, the final installments in this trip report will be more picture heavy since I don’t remember the specific details of what we did/saw/ate each day.

 

Baths of Caracalla

Baths of Caracalla

Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano

Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

Rome Street Scene

Rome Street Scene

Veterinario

Veterinario

This was our final day in Rome with my family.  The continued on to Naples/Pompeii/Florence and my wife and I continued on to Barcelona.  We thoroughly enjoyed spending Christmas break with them in Rome.

I will write the remaining Trip Report installments covering our time in Barcelona over the next two weeks.  After that I will begin an introduction to our upcoming trip to Thailand this fall.

Travel Photos – Green Bay, WI

I thought I would start my 2013 blogging with some pictures from our trip over the Christmas holidays to Green Bay, Wisconsin for a Packers game.  This was our Christmas present for myself and my wife from my dad and we thoroughly enjoyed it.  I had wanted to get back to a Packers game since my family moved away from Green Bay in 1999 (did not miss the cold weather).

The game featured the Packers playing the Tennessee Titans and it was approximately 25 degrees F at kickoff.

Interior Shot of Lambeau Field

My wife and I at the game (can’t figure out why this picture is so small)

Exterior shot of Lambeau Field (Vince Lombardi statue in foreground)

My old house (wouldn’t look the same without the snow!)

Reviews and Recommendations:

Eating: We had dinner at Titletown Brewing Company the first night we were there and I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Green Bay. Set in the old train station it offered some uniquely Wisconsin dishes, I had Walleye and my wife had a spicy elk burger.  Prices are quite reasonable and the beer selection is fantastic.

Accomodations: We stayed at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center attached to the Oneida Casino.  It was pretty much what you expect from a hotel, clean and comfortable.  Nothing fancy.  They do offer a shuttle to Lambeau Field on gamedays which made the gameday experience much more pleasant.