Sunday, February 25, 2018

My Childhood is Now Vintage

I have some very fond memories of family vacations, traveling across the United States pulling a Shasta travel trailer similar to the one pictured above.  The only difference between our Shasta and the one above is that ours had an overhead bunk so there was a small extension over the front of the trailer.

It seems my childhood travel accommodations are now considered "vintage".

In the town of Dayton Oregon in the beautiful Willamette Valley is a trailer resort called The Vintages.  They have a whole row of these old-style travel trailers that can be rented for a stay in the Oregon wine country.

We didn't do that on this trip, but I just had to take a drive through this nostalgic place.

Driving down the "vintage" street is like a real blast from the past.  All kinds of travel trailers can be found on this one street.

Each one appears to come with a set of bicycles to enjoy and the website boasts other amenities to be had.

The site says that terrycloth robes are provided along with comfortable mattresses.  As I recall, those original travel trailer mattresses were not in the "comfort" category.  (Ah but, we were young, it didn't really matter.)  The site also says that hotel-quality linens are provided.

Each site also has a propane grill and tableware for the visitor to use.  Also included is a wine opener.  This is in the Oregon wine country after all.

It's a very clever idea, but it's not the only way to stay at The Vintages.  The place also has spaces to rent for those who still bring their own trailers, campers and motorhomes with them.  It's only this one street in the park that offers these "vintage" accommodations.

I'm adding a "vintage" photo to this post.  I went searching through some old photos to see if I could find a photo of the old trailer and this is the only one I found.  It is badly faded but I added a little saturation and contrast to brighten it just a bit.  That's me on the right next to my dad and holding the dog's leash.  The dog is Chrissy our beloved English Bulldog.  Mom is standing on the step, my sister Pam is next to her and my sister Judy is on the end.  I bet my dad set up the camera on timer to get this shot.

Ah, sweet memories!  My family had lots of fun roaming the country while pulling our little home-away-from-home behind us.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

International Buskers

I'm sure that everyone who travels has seen buskers or street performers wherever they go.  There are certainly some places like Trafalgar Square in London for instance, where you will find many of them all at one time.

I think I've seen this "floating Yoda" every time I've gone to London.

The seated-in-mid-air, floating man was a new one to me. I hadn't seen him in the past.

But buskers aren't just found in central London, you can find them all over the world.  In Paris I saw this happy accordion player at one end of the Pont de Sully bridge.  His distinctly French melodies were luring tourists from every direction.

The headless man in Rome was found near Castle Sant' Angelo and he was drawing quite a crowd.  The young boys above were in awe of the fellow without a head.

In Siena, this pretty young girl was singing some Medieval melodies and with her period clothing, she fit right in with her ancient surroundings.

Back in London, I bet many visitors remember seeing the man playing the bagpipes on the Westminster Bridge.  He's there most days to entertain the tourists crossing the bridge.

I think my favorite busker of all I've seen was spotted on my last trip to London in a cozy little corner along the South Bank.  He was playing his tuba with so much gusto that flames were coming out of the top.  That was probably the most unique form of street entertainment I've seen in quite a while.

How about you?  Have you seen any interesting buskers on your travels?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

221 B Baker Street

Sherlock Holmes is revered all over the world and although he is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his life has been memorialized in London for all his fans to see and enjoy.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is located appropriately as 221B Baker Street but, don't tell anyone, the actual location is between 237 and 241.  The city of Westminster has given special permission for the address to actually read 221B.

The museum is representative of the period of time between 1881 and 1904 when Holmes and Doctor Watson were residing as tenants of Mrs. Hudson.

Walking from room to room, visitors can see all sorts of items that will be totally familiar to them.  Like Doctor Watson's medical bag to the left.

And of course, Watson's bowler hat and Holmes' deerstalker hat.  That magnifying glass and his signature pipe will also be familiar.

Holmes' violin is present along with his microscope and assortment of vials.

The rooms have been furnished with items that were actually used in scenes from the 1984 television series, Sherlock Holmes.  The rooms are all deliciously Victorian.  

Can't you just picture Holmes running down these stairs and shouting "Come Watson come, the game is afoot".  

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Historic Buildings....Updated

When I was in Argentina a few years ago, I was introduced to a family who have been locating properties where they could create small apartments to be used as vacation rentals.  They took us to see one they had recently finished.

It was located in this beautiful old building in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires, right in the heart of all the activity on the streets.

We stepped through those wonderfully ornate doors to find a weathered looking hallway that fit perfectly with the historic look of the building.

Looking in the other direction, we could see doors leading to several apartments.

When the door to their apartment was opened, it revealed a wonderfully modern interior comfortably fitted with everything a vacationer could want.  The living area had a television and fireplace and those wonderful stainless steel stairs leading to the two comfortable bedrooms and baths above.

The kitchen had everything one might need to cook up some breakfast or even whip up a gourmet meal if the renters wanted.

The dining area was perfect for a family gathering or for an elegant dinner party.  And, they had supplied lots of wine glasses so that renters had a nice way to savor some of that fabulous Argentinian wine.

So when you are visiting a foreign land and you see those grand old buildings with the well-used doors, you just never know what you might find inside.  It could be a modern vacation paradise.