About Us


We are a married couple who will be retiring in 2014 and moving to Thailand to experience life in another culture and experience adventures we could have only dreamed of a few years ago.

You are welcome to join us on our adventures through this blog. We hope you enjoy the trip as much as we do.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Doorman

There is a Thai restaurant behind the condo we go to nearly every night.  Maria's is open from October to April when the tourists are here for the high season.


The outdoor tables are under cute bamboo huts on the property her family owns and all of the people working there are sons, daughters and brothers and sisters.   That is Pim taking Vince's order and her mother Maria on the left.


                                                        Her elderly father does all the gardening.



The restaurant is next to a small alley that is used by Thai families in the neighborhood and there are many scooters and other dogs along the road to the condo.

Maria has a dog.............  His name is Thing.   We call him "The Doorman"   

The first couple of times we went he just watched us come and go.   It didn't take long before he was greeting us at his boundary line, whining that we were not walking toward him fast enough and he would proceed to walk us to a table he picked out and lay down nearby until we were ready to leave.

When we were done he would walk us out as far as his area allowed while shooing other dogs away.   We notice he does not do this with other people.........probably because we talk to him, say hello and good bye and thank him for walking us part of the way home.

                                                              The food is consistently good.

                                                                        Cashew Chicken

                                                        Green salad with garlic french bread

                                                                           Pork Fried Rice

                                                    Hot, sweet and sour coconut chicken soup

                                                                Sweet and Sour Shrimp

                                                                   Penang Chicken Curry

                                                         Spicy Basil with Chicken and a fried egg

                                                                         Spicy Basil Pork

It is the only restaurant I have ever been to that gives you free fruit for desert!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Giant Giraffe And A Cup Of Tea

There is a place in Hua Hin, Thailand where you can easily imagine being in more than one place at a time.

You feel the sea breeze on your skin. Where are you?

Sitting in the open air lobby of a 1920's Victorian building while taking tea and listening to lovely harp music. Where are you?

Strolling immaculate gardens with topiary animals that reach 20 feet high. Where are you?





All of this and more can be experienced at the Sofitel Centara Grand Resort, formally known as “The Railway Hotel.” The Museum Coffee and Tea Corner is rated #1 on Trip Advisor restaurant reviews.


Choose from Afternoon Tea or High Tea, sit back and relax while Chiara Capobianco enchants you with her musical skills on her harp. It truly was the best place we could have chosen to celebrate our 41st wedding anniversary.



                                                          We lingered for 3 hours!

















After we had our fill of all the tasty morsels we took pictures of some of the museum pieces.








This photograph was taken in 1984 during the filming of the movie “The Killing Fields” The hotel was used in the movie as being depicted in Phenom Penh, Cambodia


Topiaries appear to be wandering and flying around the grounds. Some of them were kind enough to stand still for a photo op.




















     We needed a bit of exercise after our meal so we walked home via the beach.