Tuesday, April 30, 2019

SOME VERY GOOD ADVICE FOR VAGABONDS WHO WANT SIMPLE

Since we are heading into serious travel time, I thought my fellow Nomads might want some good advice on what, how and why to use only a Carry- On Bag when you travel afar. This is an excellent article on how to do that and avoid long check in lines and the worrisome trip to pick up your checked bag. If you have ever landed and your checked bag is nowhere to be found, like my bag on our trip to Greece, you know of what I speak. It was really not fun and very stressful. And it costs me about fifty dollars in cab fares to go pick up my bag at the Athens Airport. 

This traveler/writer used only a Carry-On for a trip that included nine countries. In any book, that's impressive. She tells you how to do it from buying the right luggage, what to carry and how to pack all your clothes and other important stuff the modern Vagabond must have.  My guess, it's probably much simpler for men. As usual, the females in our lives have more to deal with. But that's a long and complicated subject for another day. 

So just click below to read one well informed opinion on the simpler way to travel with only a Carry On Bag:


Happy Trails To You and Pack Light

d.l.tafford
thenomadARCHITECT

And just a quick packing lesson from the one and only Mr. Bean. Enjoy.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A QUICK RANDOM VAGABOND ALERT TODAY - SOME ADVICE FROM A TRAVEL PRO

OK. Travel Season is heating up. So, I found this interesting article with advice from a seasoned veteran of the skies. Checking luggage, reading material, checking into your room? He covers these things and some other itemsfor Vagabonds that carry way too much stuff, etc., etc. etc.!! From Travel & Leisure Magazine in an interview with Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson some things to think about before and during your next trip around the world or down the road.

So just click on the link to get some simple, quality advice from a guy that travels over 200 days a year -

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/marriott-ceo-arne-sorenson-tips?did=357935-20190401&utm_campaign=just-in_newsletter&utm_source=travelandleisure.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=040119&cid=357935&mid=19810731261

In the mean time -  "Don't listen to what they say. Go see." - Anonymous

And for a humorous take on International Travel, here's a clip of Jim Gaffigan doing his thing.



Happy Trails & Pack Light

d.l.stafford
thenomadARCHITECT

Thursday, February 28, 2019

RANDOM VAGABOND ALERT - FOR SERIOUS VAGABONDS AND NOMADS ONLY - A LITTLE HELP GETTING ALL YOUR STUFF IN

OK - If you travel a good bit, you know and I know that you can't ever fit EVERYTHING you need in your Carry On or your Checked Bag. So today's important information is delivered to you courtesy of  Travel & Leisure Magazine entitled You've Been Rolling Your Clothes All Wrong. Here's the Correct Way to Do It.  Just click and watch the video and you will become an overnight packing expert.


It may take a little extra time to roll everything the way the T&L experts say, but, think about how cool it will be if you can get it all in and, when you get to your room, your stuff isn't wrinkled.

We are getting to Springtime, so it's time to get out the Bucket List, plan and just go. We've already planned a three day sojourn to a winery/hotel/spa only four hours  from God's Country in late March. I'll report on what appears to be an amazing winery, hotel and spa in North Georgia when we return. So, in the meantime, get packing and save yourself some time and wrinkles using the expert advice from T&L. Otherwise you may end up like this guy - Non-Vagabond Way To Pack.

Happy Trails and Remember - Travel To New Places Makes It All Better!

d.l.stafford








Saturday, February 16, 2019

RANDOM VAGABOND ALERT - LUCILLA SHOW ME SOME LOVE

This quick post is for people within an easy drive to the capital of God's Country - Tallahassee, Florida. I have to share this alert to cool people, foodies and people who will not settle. February 14, 2019 - Valentines Day - I took the love of my life to eat at a great little restaurant that we were impressed with  some months ago. And all I can say, beyond any shadow of any doubt - If you want a great, romantic meal then put this small boutique restaurant that serves passionately prepared food and great wine, with incredible service, on your bucket list. Even the name is cool - LUCILLA, a simple bistro with a simple concept - Serve amazing food with great service.

Just to get your mouth prepared here was our menu:

Bread - Incredible bread hot and tasty.
Calamari - Like I have never tasted with a sauce that only a well educated culinary artist could prepare.
Wedge Salad - So big my bride ordered it for her main dish. She is still talking about it. Most restaurants do not know how to make a really good wedge salad, but these guys are pros.
Fried Oysters - I am not an oyster fan, but, Susie is. Her take - Perfezionare!!! These perfect oysters were served with roasted tomatoes & a killer sauce.
Shrimp & Grits - OMG - I have had shrimp & grits from North Carolina to South Florida and they all fall short compared to the delicately fried shrimp and Low Country Grits in Lucilla's heavenly dish.
Wine - It doesn't get any better than a nice French Bordeaux. We took the small amount remaining home and finished it. If that's not to your liking, they have a nice sampling of other great wines to choose from.

And the prices for this great little culinary experience are not too bad, especially when you are trying to impress the one you love or just having a special meal with family and friends

So, don't ponder - Call, make a reservation and enjoy a meal to die for at this very cool little place serving some of the best food you will ever have.

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf


Eat Well My Fellow Vagabonds,

d.l.stafford



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

FEBRUARY 14 - THE DAY OF LOVE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE ANCIENT ROME

It's Valentines Day Week  my fellow vagabonds. And I know that all of the cynics in the world think that Valentines Day is just another marketing ploy to get people, mostly men, to buy stuff for the one they love. Well - Not so fast my friend(s). Valentines Day dates back long before Hallmark and Pro Flowers started making big bucks on this holiday that is celebrated in one of the worst weather months on the calendar. Maybe that's the point. Sharing your love with your soul mate makes you focus on the good and forget about the lousy weather. To keep things simple, here is a quote from Encyclopedia Britannica:


"Valentine’s Day, also called St. Valentine’s Dayholiday (February 14) when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, held in mid-February. The festival, which celebrated the coming of spring, included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery. At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I replaced Lupercalia with St. Valentine’s Day. It came to be celebrated as a day of romance from about the 14th century."


There are many questions that couples have to ask and answer for this blessed day and its importance or lack thereof in our romantic lives.

First and foremost. Are you going to take the one you love and go somewhere? It doesn't need to be far or exotic. Plus, there are many other days in the year that lend themselves to  couples going to the next place on their bucket lists. A recent survey for Travelocity said that 56 percent of respondents currently in a relationship believe that travel for V-Day is a good idea. However, it also stated that only 30 percent of those questioned have ever been on a couples only trip. Doesn't sound like they are taking their own advice does it? We decided against going anywhere for Valentines due to weather and other demands on our time. I know, pretty lame. Sorry, I loathe this time of year here in God's country.

Make sure you at least take your one and only to a great place for dinner and show them how much you love them all day and every day. Or have a serious Valentines Night and prepare a gourmet meal at home with all the candles, music and love that your one and only deserves. . I have written four poems to the most amazing creature in my life. The fourth one will be given to her in the morning. We met and fell in love in 1969. She is way above my station. God looked down and said - OK my son, you are NOT worthy, but, sometimes I help those that can't help themselves. And The Man Upstairs hit a home run for sure. I still have dreams about her and what she has meant in my life. We have two amazing kids who, along with dear old dad,  have absolute proof she hung the sun, moon and stars. 

Living with someone through dozens of Valentines makes you understand what true love really is. I know beyond any shadow of any doubt that I am one blessed man to kiss and say good morning to my one and only Susie.

And, of course, with the technology that is available to us today, you can build some serious romantic music libraries. Following are just some of my recommendations to lower the lights and lighten the mood with that special one that you love with all your heart.

Diana Krall - Amazing chanteuse who brings jazz that will move all lover's hearts.
Michael Buble - Today's current carrier of the torch of the greats from the past.
Frank Sinatra - Speaking of greats. 'Nuff said.
Nat King Cole - Another genius from yesterday.
Steve Tyrell - I just started listening to this cross between Van Morrison & Sinatra. Very cool.

Just pull these artists and others up on SPOTIFY and dance with the one that makes your life complete. Music is the best thing to have as a partner when you're loving the most important person in your life.

And remember. As Charles M. Schultz says:

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

HAPPY VALENTINES

d.l.stafford



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! - MAKE A PLAN

Today is January 29, 2019 - National Plan For Vacation Day. I'm running a bit late. But, its never too late to motivate my fellow vagabonds to get off that couch and get going. A brand new year. Bills to pay. Still gotta  return or exchange those Christmas gifts that didn't fit or were the wrong color or that made you wonder "what were they thinking?". It's still really cold in most places. What better time than now to plan your Travel Bucket List?

Because I am obsessed with travel and the discovery of places not yet seen, I spend ridiculous amounts of time researching hotels that are high design and affordable, as well as places I haven't seen or places I long to see again. I have been researching a place I have always wanted to see and experience since the middle of 2018. The ancient land of the Italian Heel, Puglia, goes back seven thousand years. They have hotels in caves. And, for now, it's pretty cheap. My guess is that it will become very expensive in a few years much like Croatia is today. If you are of the Money is No Object Crowd then you will probably leave the planning to an expert, travel agent or someone that knows where people go who have more money than time. However, if you want great places that don't necessarily cost what you might spend on your child's education, then stay tuned to THE NOMAD ARCHITECT for ideas and opinions on travel.

To motivate you to travel and understand better the benefits of travel, I recommend reading the following article from FODOR'S TRAVEL - One American Vacation Behavior That Simply Has To Stop . In a nutshell this read gives some startling statistics and other benefits of travel, as well as the bad things that can happen to you if you don't. So read - then plan - then go. Over the course of this new year, I will be giving you places to go and stay that won't break the bank. And I will throw in the occasional place that will take you to another level.

So, once again - HAPPY NEW YEAR!! May the wind always be at your back, may the places you go change your view of the world and may your credit limit never be reached - LOL!!! And remember - The First Thing True Vagabonds Do Is Plan.

D.L.Stafford


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

SOMEBODY SAY HALLELUJAH!! IT'S CHRISTMAS - NO. 1 ON THE 2018 CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN

In my humble opinion, the greatest single piece of music ever written is the Hallelujah Chorus, written by George Frideric Handel as part of the great master work Messiah which was premiered in Dublin, Ireland in 1742. So, please enjoy several versions from ancient to contemporary of this great Christmas Classic. What better way to celebrate the birth of our Lord. 



THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR



THE NEW YOUNG MESSIAH



HANDEL'S MESSIAH: THE SOULFUL CELEBRATION



It is my fervent hope that you, your family and your friends enjoy this blessed day worldwide.. Merry Christmas.

D.L.Stafford
thenomadARCHITECT