Hotels We’ve Stayed In :-)

These are some of the fabulous Hotels we were lucky enough spend time in.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands – April 8-12, 2013

Andasibe, Madagascar – June 15th – 16th, 2016

Anguilla, Caribbean – April 23, 2017

Athens, Greece– August 10th – 13th, 2005, November 3, 2011 & July 12, 2018

Bangkok, Thailand – March 30th & 31st, 2014

Bora Bora, French Polynesia – January 21, 2015

Big Island, Hawaii – February 28 – March 2, 2017

Chicago, IL – Peninsula Hotel – August 30, 2017 – September 1, 2017
                            Trump Hotel – March 21, 2019 – March 23, 2019

Cincinnati, Ohio – April 28, 2019 

Des Moines, Iowa – August 23rd – 24th, 2017

Dubai, UAE – November 22, 2011

Florence, Italy– February 2011

Grand Anse Mahe, Seychelles – June 18th – 22nd, 2016

Grand Rapids, Michigan – April 26, 2019

Huntington, NY – September 2018 

Jerusalem, Israel – July 15, 2018

Kruger National Park/South Africa – April 2009

Livingstone, Zambia – June 7th – 13th, 2016

Maui, Hawaii – March 3rd – 7th, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin -August 28, 2017

Nashville, Tennessee -May 24, 2017 – May 25, 2017

Oahu, Ko ‘Olina – Hawaii – September 13, 2018 – September 20, 2018
September  14th – 21st, 2013
September 7th – 14th, 2014                                                                                                    September 23rd – October 1st, 2016                                                                                  February 23rd – February 28th, 2017

Oceania Cruises Suites

Palm Beach, FloridaSeptember 22, 2013, October 25, 2015

Papeete, French Polynesia – January 24, 2015

Park City, Utah – September 27, 2016 – September 28, 2016

Rome, Italy – Excelsior Hotel – February 7th – 20th, 2011
                             Ritz Carlton -August 18th – 21st, 2012
                             Waldorf Astoria – August 23, 2018

Sedona, AZ – September 27- 29, 2010

St. George, Utah – August 27, 2013 – August 29, 2013

Venice, ItalyFebruary 3rd – 5th, 2011

Zakynthos, Greece -July 7, 2018 – July 11, 2018


Chicago, Illinois

August 30, 2017
Today we drove to Chicago, Illinois and checked into the Peninsula hotel which was just recently renovated. It is a fantastic hotel with smart technology everything is controlled by an iPad. We decided to have dinner in the hotel since we were tired from the drive and unpacked and unwinded. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant which is called The Lobby, and it was delicious, and the service was excellent.

August 31, 2017
Today we had tickets to the Skydeck Chicago which was insane. It doesn’t look like much in the pictures, but when you are about to step out on the ledge to take the picture it hits you, I have to be honest I hesitated a bit. We decided to have lunch at the Shanghai Terrace which was at our hotel, and it was delicious. After that, we had tickets to a river cruise on the Chicago’s First Lady which was nice. We were able to see all the tall buildings. After the tour, we walked to The Rookery Building to take some pictures. We rested a bit before having to get ready for dinner at Everest. John and I were looking forward to our dinner at Everest, and unfortunately, we were disappointed. We ordered a bottle of white wine, and they served it to us, and the temperature was off. We had to ask them to chill the bottle in ice which they should have done that on their own. The restaurant is costly. The service was also not up to par, and the restaurant wasn’t even busy there were only two tables being served. The last thing which I found disappointing upon exiting nobody said thank you or goodbye.

September 01, 2017
Today happens to be my birthday, and at first I was upset with John for booking our flight home because most of the day would be spent on an airplane but I quickly got over it because we had a great time on our road trip but like everything else, good things have to come to an end.

Skydeck Chicago
Maria & John at Skydeck Chicago
Maria & John at Skydeck Chicago
Maria at Skydeck Chicago
John at Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago
Skydeck Chicago

Peninsula Hotel
Staircase at The Peninsula Hotel
Peninsula Hotel
Peninsula Hotel sitting area
Peninsula Hotel
Shanghai Terrace
Shanghai Terrace
Shanghai Terrace

I love seeing a greek flag so whenever I do I have to take a picture

Merchandise Mart

Lake Point Tower

The Rookery
The Rookery
The Rookery
The Rookery
The Rookery
The Rookery


Flowers on the Peninsula Hotel’s sun deck