Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Biloxi, Mississippi

We wanted to take a quick trip (little did we realize how quick it would be) to the beach. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is just under 6 hours away so off we went.

One of our criteria was to be ON the beach. Other than the casinos the only thing we could find on the beach side of US 90 was South Beach Biloxi Hotel and Suites. The reviews were spotty at the time but nothing can beat the location. It seemed that most of the negative reviews were regarding a renovation that had been done.

It certainly isn't a 5 star facility but if what you want is beachfront, this is the place to stay. Our room had a partial beach view. If you go for that ask for it to be on the west side as the east side overlooks a bright pink ugly building. The westerly view is a parking lot but you can see the sunset over the beach. We had a small private balcony with 2 chairs and a table.

The first couple of floors are parking. Getting in there was spotty but there's that nice parking lot just to the west.

There's a good enough (and free) breakfast and a laid back bar that we never used.

But the best thing is that you walk out the back of the hotel onto the beach! Actually there's a wonderful boardwalk between the hotel and the beach and hotel supplied beach chairs on a private deck with beach music playing.

There are several local joint places in easy walking distance for drinks and food.

And of course I had to visit the Biloxi Lighthouse.

Hurricane Florence caused us to leave early. It never really hit the Gulf Coast but all the restaurants and businesses closed so we went home.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Atlantis, Nassau, The Bahamas

My daughter and son-in-law were looking for a beach vacation for spring break. The Bahamas are just a 2 hour flight from Atlanta so that met their requirements. And since The Bahamas are islands it met our requirements. And there are lighthouses!

We visited the Atlantis resort which is on Paradise Island just off of Providence Island where Nassau is.

Google Maps describes Atlantis as "Expensive beach resort with a water park." Expensive it is but they really deliver. There are other facilities on Paradise Island but Atlantis dominates it.

There are five hotels that are part of Atlantis. We stayed at The Reef which is family oriented.

TripAdvisor's review is here. The wikipedia article is here.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Grand Central Station

I don't know how I had missed it but I had never been to Grand Central Station.

On a recent trip to Manhattan, I walked from Broadway back to the hotel and went right by Grand Central Station.

It's incredible. Even at 8:00PM it was bustling. Most of the visitors were taking pictures like I was but still...
Grand Central Terminal's distinctive architecture and interior design have earned it several landmark designations, including as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The terminal is one of the world's most visited tourist attractions, with 21.9 million visitors in 2013, excluding train and subway passengers.

Slide show

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Canada Roaming Bonus

When I started my planning for our trip to Quebec City I researched what I needed to do with our AT&T phones.

I realize now that it was silly but the first thing I did was to call AT&T and ask them.

Their recommendation was to upgrade to their unlimited everything plan and almost double my plan cost.

When I asked them about the $10 per day choice they said the I could do that if I really wanted to but I should upgrade to their unlimited everything plan.

I politely hung up on him and continued my own research.

What I found is an unadvertised offering called Canada Roaming Bonus.
AT&T is now offering a Canada Roaming Bonus much like the Mexico Roaming Bonus. It offers, like the Mexico package, unlimited voice/text while in Canada and 1 GB of data per month. The kicker is it you have to call the AT&T Rententions department to have it added to each line. The regular first line Customer Service Reps can not add it to your line(s). I know its available to Mobile Share Value Plan members. Not sure about other customers.

Make sure to add the $0 cost International Roaming to your plan at the same time.
Oh, and it's FREE. Wonder why the representative didn't offer me that?

While you're talking to the Retentions representative, ask them if they can bump up your data. They bumped my plan by 5GB for free.

Here's what shows up on my bill:
Canada Roaming Bonus - Includes 1 gigabyte of data in Canada; data overage is $20 each additional 1GB. Unlimited text sent from Canada and unlimited talk from Canada to the U.S. and Canada. Talk from Canada to other international destinations will be billed at standard international long distance rates. Pay-per-use rates apply for all services in all other international countries. For more details, visit 
And this is full speed LTE, not 2G like some other carriers.

The Canada Roaming Bonus worked perfectly for me in Canada. I did have to enable data roaming once I got to Canada. Don't forget to turn it off when you return.

You can't beat the price.