Monday, December 28, 2015

Mission Beach, Australia

Someone asked me last night if I have been blogging about warm sunny places we could be - as I sit here and listen to the rain plummet from the sky, filling the ground with too much water, too fast, I came across the perfect destination.

Mission Beach, Australia - a small village along the Coral Sea in Queensland, Australia, along eight (8) miles of beaches, nestled between Townsville and Cairnes.  Tucked away between the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.

Mission Beach, a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef where you can find adventure; Girringun National Park: home of Wallaman Falls - Australia's highest single-drop waterfall, Blencoe Falls, Herbert River,and the ancient volcano known as Mount Fox; and, a stones throw to Dunk Island.

Image Source:  www.gspeak.com.au
Dunk - Bedarra - Hinchinbrook - Mission Beach
Find your favorite cafe where you can relax at your tropical escape at Mission Beach with its refined restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and boutiques.  Mission Beach also offers championship golf courses close to town as well as water taxis and ferries to the nearby Dunk Island.

Wet Tropics: Wold Heritage Area is the lovely place where you can take 150 walks..."on the wild side" that cater to every level of your anticipated hiking experience...from short - medium - long hikes to easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes - explore the rainforest at your own pace.

With all the rain, flooding, and crazy December storms going on in Missouri, Texas, and across the U.S. Midwest, I'm ready for a slice of tropical paradise.

Perhaps you should add Mission Beach, Australia to one of your 2016 destinations.

Image Source:  www.booking.com
Castaways Resort & Spa on Mission Beach














SOURCES:

http://www.australia.com/en/places/great-barrier-reef/qld-mission-beach.html

http://www.wettropics.gov.au/

http://www.greatbarrierreef.org/destinations/mission-beach/

http://www.castaways.com.au/

Photo:  http://www.gspeak.com.au/missionb/jpegs1/Dunk-Bedarra-Hinchinbrook-Mission-Beachsm.jpg

Photo:  http://r-ec.bstatic.com/images/hotel/840x460/305/30580958.jpg

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Living vicariously through my daughter and son-in-law, I have an awesome view from my hotel room in Dublin and I have been to the John Jameson & Sons distillery.

Dublin, the capital and largest city of Ireland is located on Ireland's east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey.  Medieval buildings include 13th Century Dublin Castle, Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Trinity College and Book of Kells (Trinity College Library).  Additionally, Dublin is home of Guiness (Guiness is always better in Dublin) and the Old Jameson Distillery.

In 1780 the Scottish businessman John Jameson purchased the Bow Street Distillery in Dublin.  It wasn't long before Jameson's Irish Whiskey would become internationally popular, as it is today.

Temple Bar is the cultural quarter while Grafton Street is the city's principal shopping area.  The Temple Bar Pub is the most popular bar in Templebar, where you will find Ireland's largest whiskey collection with "more than 450 bottles of Irish, Scotch, and Burbons" as well as daily live music and a beer garden (I hope I get to go here).  Grafton Street is Ireland's world famous shopping and culture street where you will find a variety of retail stores as well as cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels.

In Dublin, Irish people are friendly and more than willing to help.  Also, tipping is appreciated in restaurants, so remember to tip your waiting staff and bartenders.

Happy Travels!!

Cheers!!

SOURCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin
www.tripadvisor.com
www.visitdublin.com
www.jamesonwhiskey.com
thetemplepub.com
graftonstreet.ie
google.com

Dublin, Ireland
John Jameson & Sons
Photo Courtesy of Seth Wommack
Dublin, Ireland
View from Hotel Room
Photo Courtesy of Seth Wommack


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Klyde Warren Park - Dallas, Texas

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, Texas

     Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre public park in Downtown Dallas, Texas.  The park is over the
     Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and opened in 2012.  It is named for Klyde Warren, the young son
     of billionaire Kelcy Warren.  -Wikipedia

This place is incredible! This past April (2015) I spent a whopping 24 hours in the Dallas area where it was sunny and the temperature was in the 80's, while back home in Missouri the weather was cold and dreary - I could not take this weather another day.  I didn't want to spend the weekend at home alone, and I was in some desperate need of some girl time with my Texas bestie...to talk, walk, clear my head, decompress, and get some sunshine into my system.  It was a hugely successful 24 hours

This particular weekend I got up early on Saturday morning, merged onto the interstate at 4:15 AM.  I spent the next six hours doing a little bit of driving and a lot of thinking with periods of singing in the car - loudly...I'm a great car singer, by the way - in case you are wondering!!  Anyhow, I arrived in Dallas at approximately 11 AM on Saturday morning with the sun shining and traffic out of control - God how I love Dallas!!  In case you are not familiar with Dallas traffic, if you do not drive 80 mph going through the city, you will indeed get run over.

I got to my Texas bestie's house where we sat around for a bit playing catch-up before hitting North Dallas for some fun in the sun.  After a Tex-Mex lunch on a patio (where we had the distinct pleasure of witnessing a parking lot incident - NOTE TO SELF: do not try to park an SUV into a tiny parking space that is clearly marked 'compact cars only' -- especially when the tiny parking spot next to it (also clearly marked 'compact cars only') has a very large SUV already in it...just sayin'...), we spent the afternoon at Klyde Warren Park, which is AMAZING.  It has tons of fun stuff to do for little kids, big kids, and bigger kids (otherwise known as "adults")...and it's pet friendly, with its very own pet park.

There are fountains for the kids to play in - teeny tiny fountains for the teeny tiny kids and big fountains for the big kids.  There is an indoor cafe/restaurant, an outdoor concession stand, a very large covered patio area and small tables and chairs all throughout the park.  There are adult beverages available that you can purchase and take anywhere in the park (you don't have to stay in any specific area) and there are food trucks lined up along the street - pizza, ice cream, etc.  There are ping pong tables, books you can read, an open area for playing frisbee or soccer (or whatever your leisure sport may be) - there is literally something to do for everyone.  

I wish I had taken pictures...that is my only regret.

Every city needs a Klyde Warren Park.  Next time you're in Dallas, check it out - there is always something to do here.

This upcoming weekend is Labor Day weekend - consider a trip to Dallas and spend a day at Klyde Warren Park with your friends, family, and/or significant other.

Blessings, 

Krista Watkins is Going Places
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

WELCOME

Welcome to Going Places - won't you join me on this journey.

Going Places is the up and coming travel blog that you will want to religiously follow.

This summer we have traveled to Dallas, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi; Dauphin Island, Alabama; and Kansas City, Missouri.

Within the next month we will be visiting Branson, Missouri; and within the next year we will be traveling abroad to explore the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, including its largest city, Nice.  This expedition will begin in Milan, Italy and end in Barcelona, Spain.

Won't you join us on this exciting journey and learn a few things about these destinations along the way.

Best, 

Krista Watkins is Going Places
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