This week has gone by so far, pretty fast. Of course, it didn't help that both kids have been home for two days.
Gianna re-injured an old back injury over the weekend. She's getting a little better each day (thankfully) but she is not close to being 100% better.
Unfortunately, she had to suck it up today since she was scheduled to attend one of the possible high schools she is considering attending for a "shadow day" where she will be attending class with one of the high school girls throughout the day and having her first experience as a high schooler.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she gets through the day without too much pain.
Kelsey, on the other hand, came down with a bad cold Sunday and is still under the weather. Needless to say, it's been a bit stressful taking care of these kids.
Crossing my fingers that they both recover quickly.
Moving right along ...
So, what do Tanya and I love just as much as traveling?
Yup - you guessed it - FLOWERS!!!
With Spring here, there are lots of Flower Shows happening - particularly around the New York City area.
I thought I would share thee with you today for your Spring enjoyment!
THE COUSINS IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (c) travelincousins.com
UPCOMING FLOWER SHOWS IN NYC
“The Orchid Show”
AT ORCHIDELIRIUM AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS AUGUST 2016 (c) travelincousins.com
New York Botanical Gardens 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 www.nybg.org Sat 18–Apr 9; $20–$25.
The 15th annual “Orchid Show” will be inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory and this year’s theme is "Thailand."
The pavilion will be adorned with hundreds of gorgeous plants. There will also be an orchid-care demonstration learn how to give the budding bloom a chance.
Stay for the: Cocktails, Thai dance performances and live music on select nights.
Macy’s Flower Show
Macy’s Herald Square First floor 151 W 34th Street 212-695-4400 www.macys.com Mar 26–Apr 9; free.
Macy’s annual floral extravaganza will sprout once again at three flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, State Street in Chicago, and Union Square in San Francisco.
The theme for this 43rd annual Flower Show is "Carnival."
Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend
New York Botanical Gardens 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY 718-817-8700 www.nybg.org Apr 29, 30 noon–5pm; $38 Take in the fairy-tale–like scenery of 300,000 freshly planted daffodil bulbs while sipping glasses of New York and out-of-state wine from your souvenir chalice!
Music provided by folk-rock band Milton’s tunes.
Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens 990 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 718-623-7200, bbg.org Apr 29, 30 10am–6pm; $15.
Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
There is also a Jam-packed schedule of entertainment, which includes Taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties.
Just a few fun FLOWER events to jot down on your calendar!!
As for me, I'm going to get on my way as I have to go tend to my little sick girl!!
Back atcha tomorrow!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 8 DAYS
Finding Flowers everywhere in San Francisco
So we pulled up into the driveway at around 2:30am early this morning (or late last night - however you want to view it).
Coming from San Francisco, Cosette and I were really rockin' out to some great tunes on the drive, but for the last couple of hours we decided to play and belt out along side some of our favorite musicals - EVITA - GREASE - and ANNIE Would you have guessed that these would be our choices???
So before I go on - I have to vent just for a second... When we were within 30 minutes of getting home we encountered not one but two freeway closures and detours! UGH
What a pain in the butt. Trying to navigate our way back from cities that we don't frequent at 2am.
However the super funny thing was that while we were stopped at a red light still in full theatrical mode singing along to 'Annie' at the time when I just so happened to glance over to my left and see a carload of guys all watching us in the act!
Boy oh Boy did we start giggling and laughing at what we must've looked like and wondered if they heard us - which was fine because we sounded awesome!
Then once the crew in the car had made their left, we just so happened to glance over to the right and you guessed it - we had another audience that must've been watching us the entire time!
BTW what were all of these "party" cars doing out at 2am on a Wednesday morning?! But I guess the same could've been asked about us..
Now the time has come to take you all on a little journey that I like to call the Daily Scoop and share with you how yesterday went in San Francisco...
Our day began with a view of the quiet bay.
Before checking out (c)travelincousins.com
Then off to breakfast in Oakland at a most delicious coffee shop/bakery - Timeless Coffee.
I tried this place for the first time with Dave back in October and I was looking forward to taking the kids. Cosette seemed to love it just as much as I do and I just cannot walk out of there without a handful of bags full of goodies!!
Got our bags of goodies! (c)travelincousins.com
Then a quick bop and short drive over to the Butcher's Son in Berkeley, another place to is just super duper good that I tried for the first time back in October.
This time around it was to pick up sandwiches for our upcoming picnic at the Palace of Fine Arts.
Oh so good! (c)travelincousins.com
Once we had made all of our food stops, I quickly bopped into the North Face Outlet - since Elisa went on Saturday, I just felt the NEED to go. But going in there and not really needing anything, we kinda just looked around and didn't have the urge to buy anything. Darn.
Our next stop was Lombard Street - "the Crookedest Street in the world!"
A view of Coit Tower (c)travelincousins.com
5mph max on the crookedest street in the world (c)travelincousins.com
Everybody enjoys the ride sown Lombard street (c)travelincousins.com
Me and my gal (c)travelincousins.com
Have you been here? (c)travelincousins.com
Trolleys and Cable Cars (c)travelincousins.com
Next stop was a favorite of mine - The Palace of Fine Arts. I think I pretty much manage a visit to this super picturesque location that is located right in the heart of the city.
We enjoyed a lovely afternoon picnic, a stroll around the lake and as usual we fed the birds.
Where we had lunch (c)travelincousins.com
Nosy little Swan (c)travelincousins.com
At the Palace of Fine Arts (c)travelincousins.com
Constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition (c)travelincousins.com
Feeding the birds(c)travelincousins.com
My turn to feed the birds (c)travelincousins.com
And then came our final stop in San Francisco for the day. It was at Fort Point for views-a-plenty and another nice walk around the famed Golden Gate Bridge.
Is this the most famous bridge? (c)travelincousins.com
Aw so pretty (c)travelincousins.com
Alcatraz in the distance (c)travelincousins.com
A view of the city from the visitors center (c)travelincousins.com
As the sunset we kinda figured that it was just about time to start heading home. So to end the trip we did just that and what a great trip it was!!
Lastly speaking of FLOWERS... These just happen to be some of the photo that I took yesterday while bopping around San Francisco. Aren't they pretty?!
At the Palace of Fine Arts (c)travelincousin.com
At the Palace of Fine Arts (c)travelincousin.com
On Lombard Street (c)travelincousin.com
Near the Palace of Fine Arts (c)travelincousin.com
And since I've shared so many photos with you - I'll save the travel updates until tomorrow!
It's time to do some shopping around here and then take Cosette to go horseback riding and then Dominic to his class.