My many adventures

Hi Folks, sorry I deleted my paragraph where I tell you all about all the places I've been to.
I'm blessed since surviving breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I want to visit.
I've been to Scotland, England, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & SulcukEphesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...


Hi Folks! My daughter and her new husband went to their beautiful honeymoon to Calabogie Lodge in Ontario. The resort was all wood interior with two bedrooms and the master suite with a bed so big. Glad they enjoyed their first vacation ever! His brother loaned them his BMW which drove like a dream.

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.

I had my annual cancer check up and everything was great! It makes me so happy unfortunately, my doctor had to retire due to illness and I am trying to get a family doctor. It is horrible when you don't have someone who looks after you and knows you.

So looking forward to the summer with fresh air & warm summer nights. Spring here is pretty good too.

Still trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

I have so many posts to write about so please keep patience with me. I received a great posting from which looks to be a great animal site. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks friends,


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Best Western Plus Newark Airport West, Not a place to stay

Well dear viewers, it is with sad regret that I have to write to you about my experience with Best Western at Newark airport in March 2012. 

The kids & I had a 15 hour lay over in Newark before we embarked on our journey to Cabo, San Lucas Mexico.  I researched which hotels were the closest to the airport so we wouldn't have a traffic problem getting back to the airport to catch our flight to Mexico.  Best Western Plus Newark West was the one I choose.  I had excellent experiences with Best Western during my local travels and felt I was in good hands.  I WAS WRONG!  I asked for two wake up calls to ensure we would get up in time, get some breakfast then taxi back to the airport for our Mexico flight.  I even set the alarm as the third security.  I always get over cautious when it comes to getting up in time to catch flights.  I travel a lot, so I know the importance of giving yourself sufficient time to get up, get ready and get going.

I happen to get up a lot during the night due to medical issues, diabetes, so it was during one of my bathroom calls, that I noticed the time and realized we were going to be late for the airport and if we missed our flight, we would be in a real delima.  I called down to the desk to ensure the time was correct and it was, then I asked what happened to my two wake up calls!!!  They didn't know because it was the night guy who would make the calls to us.  He was off at 7 am.  Oh my gosh, we had to scramble.  The kids and I rushed so much and I tried to keep calm because it affects all of us negatively.

We rushed down the elevator and went to the front desk.  I told the kids to get some food while I secured a way for us to get to the airport.  There were no hotel shuttles at that time of morning.  The hotel clerk apologized again and again but it was the night man who neglected to call us.  She forgave our dinner from the night before, but that wasn't going to help us if we missed our flight.  She called the driver of the hotel van and he was now rushing to get to the Best Western to get us.  I kept shaking my head that this was unacceptable.  I said this is why I picked this hotel because it was the closet and now we couldn't get to the airport until the van could get here.  It was about 1/2 hour or more until the van pulled in and we all got in the van and drove to the Newark Airport.  We had some traffic to fight, but finally we made it.  What we were not able to do, was to check in the Lost and Found to see if they found Teddy.  He was Rialey's little teddy that we lost when we returned from Barcelona Dec 2010.  He might have been there but there was no time to check in.  We rushed to get to the gate in time to board the flight.

We couldn't relax until we actually got on the flight.  The flight attendants were not the friendliest and I was glad to get off this United flight.  I think those women need to learn how to help people instead of making us feel like we were a burden.

The morning clerk at the Best Western gave me the hotel's card so I can write a complaint and I will but I feel informing you of the possibility that your stay at this hotel could result in a missed flight.  So take care and be careful of your wake up call, to be sure you get woken!!  Don't be stuck in a city you didn't expect to get stuck in.  One lesson for my travels.