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Delta and The Porsche AKA Why We Love Delta

My husband Don has been a million miler diamond member with Delta for years and we have heard mysterious tales of people being picked up by The Delta Porsche Cayenne to transport them between gates.  But we always thought those were just urban legends like the Chupacabra or Big Foot.

Until recently.

 We landed in Detroit ready to make a fast sprint through the airport so we could make our very short connection.

We were barely off the plane when we saw her…Amy… from Delta standing there with a iPad in her hands emblazoned with the words, “Welcome Don & Jill Vermeulen”.

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I adjusted my eyes then nudged Don who was ready to go racing up the jet bridge.

“Hello” he said cautiously, “We are Don & Jill”

With a smile she informed us she was there to escort us to our next gate.

And she was not driving one of those irritating little golf carts that are always honking at you in the airport, she walked us outside and put our luggage in a beautiful Porsche Cayenne!

Was this a dream, did the elusive Porsche really exist?   Were we really being chauffeured like royalty across the airport tarmac?

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This wasn’t just a quick ride from point A to B, she stopped at one of the larger planes, allowed us to take pictures and even insisted on taking our bags up the staircase so Don could take photographs. (Figures I didn’t have my sunglasses and was squinting the whole time.)

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When she took us in the back way up the stairs and right to the door of the plane on the jet bridge, people stopped to stare.

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We felt like rockstars as we got on the plane and were ushered to our first class seats for the flight to Hartford.

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Don has always said Delta Airlines treats him so well that it is hard for him to have to get on any other carrier, and I fully agree, but after our encounter with Amy and that rock star service I know we will be Delta loyal forever.

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Seattle Public Market and a Perfect Day

No matter how many times I visit Seattle I will always find myself drawn to this beautiful menagerie of shops, antiques, music and food.

Plan to spend a couple hours here and come hungry, but don’t blow your appetite on the first donut shop you walk up to, there will be plenty of things to taste as you make your way through.

Start your visit with a photo of Rachel The Pig, if you feel generous be sure to deposit some spare change into her (she is a piggy bank) all donations go to help local charities.

Some days Rachel likes to dress up.

Right behind Rachel is the Fish Market where you can purchase all types of fish, watch out for the flying fish though as this has become a tradition.

Then you can begin your walk down the market place where you can find just about any kind of fruit, vegetable, flower and arts and crafts you can think of.

Take a minute to stop and listen to some of the amazing musicians along the way.

Downstairs you will find music, books, antiques and even a barber shop if you are in need of a trim.

Across the street is the original Starbucks, there is usually a line to get in.

You can have a nice sit down meal at Maximilian’s or pick up some delicious baked goods at Piroshky Piroshky another place you will probably wait in line, but the pastries at the front of the line are well worth the wait.

If its a nice day you can end your trip through the market with a picnic in the park right outside.

There are always artists, musicians, people to watch and of course beautiful views of the water.

No matter what kind of weather during your visit you will always find something to suit the day at this beautiful market in Seattle.

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London Bridge in Arizon

During a visit to Las Vegas we wanted to get away from the bright lights and chaos of the city, so we started a 3 hour drive to Lake Havasu to see if Jerry Jeff Walker was telling the truth when he said that “London Bridge had fallen down and moved to Arizona.”We drove through 3 states to get there, and loved that Nevada not only welcomes you into their state, they also thank you for visiting as you leave.

 

 

 

Through the Mojave Desert we travelled thinking we may never again see signs of civilization.

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  Suddenly we were driving past a beautiful lake with water so blue that wondered if we were seeing a mirage.

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 Arriving at the Holiday Inn we had booked for our overnight stay, we opened up the curtains in our room, and there it was The London Bridge, not just a replica or a few of the bricks arranged for viewing, it was a fully working bridge, cars driving and people walking over.  It even still bore the bullet holes on the sides left over from World War 2.

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From our hotel it was a short walk over to London Land which according to the signs when you walk past the dragons your in London (and you don’t even need a passport.)

 

 

The Bridge was incredible but beautiful Lake Havasu was calling to us, there were several options for boat tours on the lake but Sunset Charter and tour Company was one that came highly recommended.

 

 

 

We were very fortunate to be able to book the three hour Sunset Experience

 

 

The price was $50.00 per person and when we arrived at the boat we were pleasantly surprised to find ourselves boarding a beautiful pontoon boat with only 8 seats (6 passenger seats, a captain and a seat in front next to the captain). Each seat was comfortable and had a water view, there would be no standing tiptoe with 50 other people all trying to get a view instead I felt like I was boarding a boat with friends.

 

 

Kevin our Captain and tour guide was awesome. From the moment the trip started, he shared with us the fascinating history of the area.

 

 

Cruising around the lake and into coves the stories he told made us feel as though we had stepped back in time and were seeing the area as our ancestors had.

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The scenery was awe inspiring no photograph could ever give justice to the palate of colors and perfection of the land and water.   When he was not telling us stories of the lake he played perfect music as we moved through the water.

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When the sun had set we sailed under a magnificent canopy of stars on a moonless night, Kevin had a gift for combining music, landscape, and underwater lights on the boat to create an amazing light show.This was by far the best money we have ever spent on anything we have ever done!   

 

 

The 3 hours flew by and I was sad when The London Bridge came into view and we found ourselves at the end of our tour.

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Sunset Tours has a variety of sailing options available.

In my opinion this was one of the most amazing tours I have ever taken and if I lived in the area I would go on it every day, both Terrie and Sharon at the ticket office were great, they advise to book at least 2 weeks in advance and more if you plan to visit during their busy fall and winter months.

 

 

One of the surprises in Lake Havasu was that it has the largest number of lighthouses in one area, they are smaller replicas of many light houses but they are all fully functional.

 

 

Lake Havasu is beautiful but it is very hot with very little shade, so if you visit bring a hat, water and sunscreen.

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The Holiday Inn was the perfect place to stay as it is walking distance to places to eat, London Town and many of the boat tours, they have free parking and breakfast, and if you join IHG you get points could eventually lead to free stays.

 

 

There are lots of places to eat in the area we chose The Blue Chair for drinks and appetizers it is nearby the docks, great place to wait for one of the sunset cruises if you arrive early.

Shugrues has a great variety of delicious food as well as beautiful views of Lake Havasu and The London Bridge.

Our overnight stay barely left us enough time to scratch the surface in the beautiful town, I definitely would return again!