REMEMBER THE ALAMO

Hello My Dear Readers,

As promised, today I am showing you vacation photos, so if you are looking for outfits, you can skip this one. Just letting you know….when I am on vacation, I do not spend much time worrying about how I look. I spend some time beforehand planning what to wear, and just let the chips fall where they may during the trip. I just get dressed and go with it….the point is to have fun, not to pose for blog pictures, so what you see is what you get.

We had so much fun! If you have never been to San Antonio, I highly recommend it for a long-weekend getaway. The trip could not have been better.

We stayed at the historic Menger Hotel in downtown San Antonio. So beautiful:

Our room actually overlooked the Alamo:

We took a little boat ride on the river and of course had dinner along the Riverwalk:

 

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Visited the Alamo of course:

and must say, had the best barbecue I have ever eaten when we hopped off the hop-on-hop-off bus at Augie’s:

Did some shopping at the Mercado:

And later that evening enjoyed a spooky ghost tour, but thankfully, did not see any ghosts:

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We are big fans of Gray Line tours, so we signed up for one that went to the boyhood home of Lyndon Johnson, LBJ’s Ranch and the Hill Country. Here we are at LBJ’s boyhood home:

The Texas White House has been restored to its 1963 version, so it was like walking back into history:

The tour also included a stop at the “town” of Luckenbach, which is no longer a town, but has the basics (a bar and a music venue LOL):

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Finished off the evening with another dinner on the River Walk and a visit to the San Fernando Cathedral, where there is a free spectacular light show:

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So, there you have it! Our little weekend trip was a huge success, and a great time was had by all. As usual, I learned so much. You can ask me anything about the Alamo or LBJ or the history of Texas…and I will understand your question. HAHA  But seriously, I do feel like I know a little more about those subjects than I did before I went, because basically I knew nothing, except that there was a battle at the Alamo.

Thanks for looking at my vacation photos. Again, I highly recommend San Antonio if you are looking for a fun place to go.

See you next time!

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SCOTLAND AND IRELAND

Hello! I think I have mostly recovered from jet lag and bus riding, so thought I would share a few observations and photos from our trip.

It was a most wonderful trip! The scenery was spectacular,

and the people were warm and welcoming…the weather not so much, but the cool rainy weather just made the tea, coffee, Guinness, whisky, and whiskey even better!

I mentioned whisky twice because one thing I learned on this trip is that Scottish whisky is w-h-i-s-k-y and Irish whiskey is w-h-i-s-k-e-y. We learned this because we visited several distilleries. Now we don’t normally drink whisky (or whiskey) but when in Rome….. 😉

  

We also visited the Guinness Storehouse, which is the number one tourist attraction in Europe. Yup…it beats out the Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum, the Venice canals, etc!   Hmm.

We also visited a small brewing company where we were told we could take a tour; when we got there, the door was open, but not a soul in sight.

We waited a bit, and then inquired at the pub next door, and they told us that the Brewmaster was out of town and wouldn’t be back until the next day.  That did not deter us! Our new bus friends just happened to be home brewers and knew a lot about the process, so Doug took the script (which just happened to be lying on the desk), read it, and explained everything. Awesome!

Then we went next door and had a few samples….had to wait our turn at the bar, but all went well, and we left knowing so much more about beer and the deliciousness of it. 😉

We really did not drink that much, but you wouldn’t know it from this post. HAHA

A few words about being on a bus tour… It is touristy. It is tiring. People get on your nerves. You are on a bus… a lot. BUT….it is a wonderful way to get a good overview of a country. Our guides were PHENOMENAL–extremely well-educated and knowledgeable–and we learned so much about the culture, the people, and the sites. The hotels were first-rate, at least two meals a day were provided, and the food was good.  If we ever had any kind of problem (which we didn’t), all we needed to do was let our guide know, and he would take care of it, all of which adds up to a stress-free vacation.

We had experiences we would never had had on our own (like not getting killed by driving on the opposite side of the road HAHA). Some things might have been touristy, but hey, we were tourists! We had dinner and music at an Irish pub,

we saw Scottish bagpipers and dancers,

and we had dinner in a castle built in the 1200’s.

We visited St. Andrews golf course and had lunch in the public dining room,

we took a couple of ferry rides and a boat trip on Loch Lomond

and we visited a working sheep farm and saw the most amazing demonstration. Hard to describe, but this man’s 12 dogs each respond to a set of personalized whistle commands such as go left, right, in, out, far away, stop, come back, cut sheep out of the flock, etc. He knows each dog and all the commands for each one, and trains them all from puppies.  AMAZING!

My husband even got to try his hand at shearing:

And I got some puppy time:

Some people on the bus might have been a tad annoying, but we also met wonderful people whom we hope to keep in touch with forever. We came home with wonderful memories, quite a few souvenirs, and new friends. We also learned so much about the countries we visited, and will never forget the people or the places that we saw.

If you have gotten this far, thanks for looking at my vacation photos! Hope I didn’t post too many, but there are a lot more where those came from, and it was so hard to narrow it down to a “few”.

Since a couple of you asked about my outfits, I will tell you that it is kind of hard to look put-together and fresh on a bus tour..in fact, it is pretty much impossible, but honestly, I didn’t worry too much about clothes…just had a great time enjoying everything. And as you see, I wore my jacket most of the time. I did find a couple of shots without the jacket:

And this outfit gets the booby prize, and will never see the light of day again! What was I thinking?

Thank you so much for stopping by. I wish you had all been on the bus with me!

I might be taking a small blogging break, since I will have grandchildren here for a few weeks, but I will do my best to post something if I can. In the meantime, I will miss you, and thanks again for taking time out of your day to look at my vacation pictures! You are the best.

HOW NOT TO PACK FOR A BUS TOUR

Hello! I have returned from a most wonderful vacation to Scotland and Ireland, and I can’t wait to share some pictures with you, but before I do that, I thought I would do some post-trip analysis on what I packed and what I wore. Before I left, I showed you what I was taking and how I packed.

In the hopes that I might help someone else who is packing for a similar trip, and in the hopes that I myself will do it differently next time, here are some thoughts about what worked and what didn’t.

What didn’t work:

  • Like most people, I overpacked. I did not need a different outfit for each day. Most days I was wearing a jacket, and no one even saw what I had on.
  • I packed too many shoes, even though it was only four pairs. Next time I will pack one pair of comfortable walking shoes and one pair of flats.
  • I packed too many accessories. I wore one belt one time, and could have gotten by without it.
  • Packed too much jewelry…only wore my gold necklace and earrings.
  • Packed too many dresses….one would have been plenty.
  • Packed too many sweaters. I never once wore any outfit that included a belt and a sweater.
  • Did not need capris at all. Summer in Scotland and Ireland is not what we call warm 😉

What I should have done:

  • Packed my travel vests, and worn them most days
  • Planned simple outfits consisting of a pair of jeans or pants, and one top, with maybe something underneath or on top (like a vest)
  • Stuck with one basic color scheme, instead of two… pack everything to go with either black or navy, not both
  • Taken my basic black dress and several colorful scarves

What I did right:

  • Took layers and a good rain jacket
  • Packed my down puffy coat
  • Packed leggings to wear with my dress
  • Packed comfortable shoes
  • Took my long black thin cardigan
  • Took red and black large cashmere scarves
  • Took colorful chevron scarves
  • Packed Skinny Shirts and camis to wear under tops
  • Took small cross-body black leather purse to wear for dinners out

I’m sure I will think of some more things after I finish unpacking, but I know that the next time we go on a lengthy trip that includes bus touring, I will pack differently.

Having said that I thought I would show you what some of the other people on the bus were wearing, and you will see another reason why I would pack a bit more simply.  Let me just say this:  There were some days that I looked better than others, but I am proud to tell you that I won the BEST DRESSED ON THE BUS AWARD!  This prestigious award was presented on behalf of the three distinguished judges, Me, Myself, and I, after careful consideration and analysis of TOURIST BUS FASHION. Totally tongue-in-cheek, but I hope you will represent the USA better than this if you go on a bus tour:

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You know what…just don’t wear capris. You will be safer that way. Especially if it is cold. And you know what else?  Just don’t wear big white sneakers. I have told you that before.

While we’re on the subject of don’ts, just don’t do any of these:

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Well, that’s all for today. I will be back next time with some beautiful scenic shots, and you will see several more pictures of my lovely blue rain jacket. 🙂

14 OUTFITS Part 4

Final post on packing for my trip. My last post was about the dress I am taking. Today, I am showing you the rest of my outfits. You might notice that everything I am taking is either black or navy…a good way to minimize how many pairs of shoes I need to take.

And my Fourth of July outfit:    🙂

Here is a picture of my travel purse:

It will be with me at all times. 🙂 RFID protected, and locks. Plus it is not too big.

Here is a similar one on Amazon:

Travelon Anti-Theft Signature E W Shoulder Bag, Black, One Size

 

No packing would be complete without my trusty black Athleta pants. They have gone with me on every trip in the last few years!

Bettona

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To recap, here are the outfits I am taking for a fourteen-day bus tour of Scotland and Ireland in June:

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Since I took these photos, I have eliminated the red plaid top, and added another knit dress, and swapped out the pink pashmina for a red one. I also changed my travel outfit, after reading another blog and copying her look. Here’s what Laurie from Laurie Pop was wearing, and I liked it so much I ordered one for myself in gray:

That should do it! I can’t imagine that anyone has read all 4 of these posts about someone else packing for a trip, but if you have, many thanks 🙂  I hope you take a trip soon, and hope you have gotten some packing ideas.

I will try to post a couple of times while we are away, but don’t know how much internet we will have. And of course you will be subjected to some vacation photos after we return!

  If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  Also need to let you know that if you purchase anything from Amazon by clicking on the links, I make a small commission.

 

14 OUTFITS Part 3

In my last two posts, I gave you a glimpse of the outfits I plan to wear on our two- week tour of Scotland and Ireland. Let’s take a break from my “bus clothes” and look at what I am taking to wear if and when we go out in the evenings. I am only taking one dress, so don’t be expecting too much. LOL

Here is my basic black dress with several various accompaniments:

I decided I should take leggings since I saw recent pictures of friends on vacation in London all bundled up in coats.

Showing you this so you will know I will always have something attached to me that has my passport. 😉   Will probably forget the necklace. Just seems a bit much.

And just so you know, these shoes are BLACK and WHITE, but in photographs they look navy. After seeing these picture, I am going to call them my BLACK OR BLUE shoes and wear them with either color.

Don’t know that I will wear any of these, but if we have dinner in a great Irish castle, I will not have to wear my jeans. 😉

After I took these photos, I did decide to take another knit dress also. You will just have to wait to see my vacation photos to see what I actually wore.   😉

  If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  Also need to let you know that if you purchase anything from Amazon by clicking on the links, I make a small commission.

14 OUTFITS Part 2

Today I am continuing my series on packing for a tour to Scotland and Ireland. We are only allowed to take one suitcase plus a backpack, so I am thinking carefully about what to take.

In my first post, I showed you my army green pants. In this post, I am showing you my jeans outfits. Remember that this is a “casual and comfortable” trip…not packing a lot of jewelry and accessories….just don’t want to be the frumpiest one on the bus  😉

Since I am on the subject of packing, I will tell you that one of the best purchases I have ever made for travel is lightweight luggage. I first bought the 20 inch size, and later added the larger one for longer trips. They have four wheels and are very easy to maneuver.

Skyway Luggage Mirage Superlight 28-Inch 4 Wheel Expandable Upright, Black, One Size

 

 

Skyway Luggage Mirage Ultralite 20-Inch 4 Wheel Expandable Carry-On, Maritime Blue, One Size

 

I bought the bright blue color. The smaller one only weighs 5 pounds! I compared this to a similar-size suitcase that I had, and it weighed 9 pounds!! Really makes a difference when you are hauling it around a lot, or when you are packing it full….means I can pack 4 or 5 pounds more of clothing,shoes or souvenirs, and still not be overweight for flying.

I’ll be back next time with some more travel outfits. See you then!

If  you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. You can also follow me on Instagram@over50under20.  Also need to let you know that if you purchase anything from Amazon by clicking on the links, I make a small commission.

14 OUTFITS FOR 14 DAYS

You already know how much I love to travel, and I feel so fortunate to be at the age and stage of life where I have the opportunity to do it fairly often. Happily, my husband also likes to travel, and is very good at surprising me with trips.  🙂 We will be leaving soon on a two-week tour of Scotland and Ireland! So excited, because this trip has been at the top of my wish list for years.

We both enjoy being on bus tours where everything is taken care of for us, and we have knowledgeable tour guides all along the way; that way we don’t wander around aimlessly and wonder what in the heck we are looking at. Plus we both tend to get lost easily, and for sure would be in trouble driving on the opposite side of the road!

OF COURSE, you know that I will have all my outfits planned ahead of time. I have often told you that I have so much more fun when the stress of trying to decide what to wear is removed. I spent the afternoon putting outfits together, so thought I would do a series of posts to show you how I pack for a two-week trip.

I plan to take four pairs of pants, 1 dress, and 12 or 13 tops, some sweaters, scarves, and belts, plus silver necklace, gold necklace, and 3 pairs of earrings. Will limit underwear and sleepwear to the minimum and wash out a couple of times in the hotel. Oh, and will also take black leggings to wear with the dress if it is cool.

Will also need a jacket and raingear because the weather can be unpredictable. I would like to get by with 2 pairs of shoes, but could only manage to narrow it down to 5 pairs…. black Nikes, blue Nikes, black flats, blue flats, and black and white striped flats.  Just need a choice depending on how much walking we are doing on any particular day.

I have already told you that I am a rumbler, so I am really trying to keep clothing and accessories to a minimum. I don’t want to constantly be rumbling in my suitcase, especially since we will be in a different hotel almost every night, so can’t really unpack.

I don’t remember if I have posted about my index cards before, but I actually make cards which tell me what to wear. HaHa….kind of like what you would optimistically send to camp with your child…

An example of what I put on a card would be something like this:

Light colored jeans, black skinny shirt, black and white striped top, silver necklace, silver earrings, black Crocs

Laugh if you want to….I laugh at myself! I most certainly don’t take any of this too seriously. Just don’t want to see vacation photos of ugly or unflattering outfits, like my lumberjack look that I rocked in Alaska. LOL

This will definitely be the kind of trip where comfort is king, so will plan to take comfortable and casual clothing. Remember, we will either be on a bus or walking around tourist sites for most of the trip.

If you are a new reader, you can check out my previous packing post here .

For the first post in this series, here are the outfits I will wear with my army green pants:

Had to show you my backpack. It will be with me every day!

And here is the hoodie that I am taking since the weather is predicted to be cool.

The shoes are tried and true and very comfy, but will probably wear Nikes if we are doing much walking. The good thing about the black Crocs, though is that they are waterproof, so if it is really rainy will wear those.

I call the black outfit at the top of the page my traveling clothes, because it is a very comfortable outfit for a long plane ride, and won’t show dirt that much. 😉

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TWO ANNIVERSARIES

My rambling for today is about anniversaries. I celebrated two this week! The main one is, of course, the anniversary of our wedding, which was……48 years ago!!! I think we are going to make it. LOL

The second one is the anniversary of this blog. I made it to one year! Yay! Not quite as momentous as the first, but considering that I had no idea what I was doing when I started (kind of like marriage, now that I think of it 😉 ), I am pretty happy about that.

To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we had a little mini-vacation that was so much fun. We drove up the road about an hour and a half and visited Rock City and Ruby Falls. If you don’t know what Rock City is, you are either young or not from The South. When I was growing up, (which you already know was a loooong time ago, since I have been married for 48 years), SEE ROCK CITY was painted on every barn below the Mason Dixon line, and before the days of interstates, you passed them all on your way to anywhere.

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We got an early start, and headed north.

Had a great time wandering the trails:

 

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the outdoor cafe:

After lunch we took a cave tour and saw Ruby Falls deep underneath Lookout Mountain:

Such a nice day! And the best part was yet to come. We stayed overnight in a TREEHOUSE. Yes, we did. And it was awesome. Had all the amenities, including air conditioning.

Even after 48 years, it was very romantic to sleep under a tin roof with the sound of rain above us. We had a bird’s eye view of the storm that night, and our little loft was very cozy!

So Happy Anniversary to all my dear readers, and Happy Anniversary to my dear dear husband, who loves me enough to read every blog post. 🙂 Love you honey!

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WHY YOU NEED TO WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES

Hello! I am sorry my post is a little late this week. As you know, we were in Utah last week, and I just could not get this done before now.

Well, first of all, it was a GREAT trip! Whenever I travel, I am always surprised at how little I know. I knew there were some parks in Utah, but had no idea that there are FIVE national parks there! And they are spectacular! Each one has its own personality and distinctive features.

We started in Salt Lake City, rented a car, and drove about 1500 miles, but we saw them all, plus took a tour of Monument Valley, which is actually on Navajo land just across the border in Arizona.

MONUMENT VALLEY

As you know from last week’s post, I planned all my outfits before I left,and I am so glad I planned layered clothing, because we had every kind of weather you can think of except maybe hail and really hot…warm, cool, windy, snowing, sleeting, cold, and even had a rainy day in the middle of the desert.

The one thing I kind of messed up on was footwear. I had decided to take my hiking boots, because there are lots of great trails in the parks, and not a lot of wild animals (which is why I don’t usually like to hike–terrified of bears).  Sounds like a good idea—take hiking boots if you plan to go hiking.

HOWEVER, and please listen to me about this…..if your hiking boots are very old, and you don’t go hiking very much, they could have dry rot. And if they have dry rot, the whole bottom part could come off. And if the whole bottom part comes off, you could slip and fall when you are climbing down a big rock that is actually part of the trail, and if you slip going down a big rock, you could sprain your ankle, and if you sprain your ankle on the very first day of your “hiking trip,” you will not be doing any more hiking; in fact, you will barely be walking, but if your husband is as nice as mine, he will fix you up with an ace bandage, an ice pack, ibuprofen, and some crutches, (which you may or may not know how to use) and you will enjoy the rest of your trip anyway. 🙂

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

 This is what I hiked to see before the big fall. Too bad you can’t see my hiking boots! Actually, no one else saw them either  🙂

Now I could have worn my Nikes and been just fine. They are comfortable and have a lot of traction. But no, I thought I would look so much “cooler” wearing actual hiking boots. HAHAHAHAHA   You have to understand that most of the trails we were going to attempt were no more than a mile or two. We are not talking rugged overnight hikes that require special footwear. And not one person on this earth would have looked at or noticed the shoes I was wearing. Again, HAHAHAHAHA

But they probably did notice what I wore for most of the rest of the trip:

                     I do NOT recommend this look!

But as I said, it really was a great trip, despite being a little incapacitated. The scenery made up for everything, even if I did have to see most of it from the road.

Here is where we stayed in Springdale, right outside Zion National Park. The mountain behind our room lit up and turned red around sunset for about 5 minutes, and we happened to see it!

Don’t want to bore you with too many vacation photos, but just have to share a few more.

Thanks for letting me share my vacation with you! If you get a chance to visit Utah, I highly recommend Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, and/or Zion National Parks.

P.S. Ankle is healing nicely. I am going to get it x-rayed tomorrow, but don’t really expect any problems.

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WHAT I AM WEARING IN UTAH

In my last post, I told you that I was packing for a trip to Utah. When you read this, I will be somewhere in the desert. 🙂

Packing for this trip was a lot different than packing for the cruise last summer. No dressing up, no captain’s dinners, no fancy restaurants. This trip we will do a lot of driving and a lot of hiking, so it is a “jeans trip.”  My husband and I are flying to Salt Lake City, renting a car, and spending a week making a loop around Utah, visiting the national parks.

Having said that, I will tell you that I still planned all my outfits. In  years past, my method of packing for a trip like this was to throw some jeans and some tops in a suitcase and hope for the best.

After seeing some really bad vacation photos, I decided that I needed to turn over a new leaf. It’s fine to wear casual jeans outfits, but they don’t need to look like something I picked up off the closet floor.

I really did decide to keep it simple for this trip. I am taking one pair of light jeans, one pair of dark jeans, and my comfy black pants for the flight.

I am also packing my three travel vests, which have a million pockets, so I won’t need to carry a purse. This means I will pretty much be in a “uniform” every day, but that’s okay. I will be comfortable and ready for whatever the activity of the day is. I added some tops to go with the vests, and I will also take a couple of jackets because the weather can still be cool in April. And you won’t believe this, but I am only taking three pairs of shoes–my black (not white) Nikes, my hiking boots, and comfortable Jambus.

When I get home and look at my pictures, I will not be aghast at what I had on. I might not look like a fashion expert, but I will look like someone who is having a great time in a nice, appropriate outfit that goes together and fits pretty well. I will be happy with that. 🙂

Here is what I am taking:

Travel Outfits

            Black vest

             Green vest

          Red vest

           

If you would like to see pictures of most of the outfits I have put together, click on the page for the category you would like to see. On a mobile device, click menu to access the pages. You can also follow me on Instagram @over50under20.  

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