Posts tagged ‘travel’

September 14, 2011

Photos: Sailboats in Newport, RI

We were in Newport, RI this past week. The visit was for an unfortunate reason, but the area is just beautiful. Next time, I’m taking a real camera and plenty of time. These were taken just after a late lunch at The Castle Hill Inn, overlooking the bay.






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Photo Tour: Small Town Mississippi

September 5, 2011

Photo Tour: Small Town Mississippi





The town isn’t run-down, I just looked for old things that made for interesting photographs. Though small, it was a great place to grow up – good people and a simple life. My feet stay on the ground even when my head is in the clouds thanks to a good ole’ southern upbringing.

Yup, this gal is made of fried okra and cornbread.

August 25, 2011

Main St Liquor

Makes me think “Saint” instead of street. The name would be more interesing that way.

Main Saint Liquor

On the road:
Nettleton, MS

August 23, 2011

iPad Apps for Travel

I’m gearing up for a trip to the deep south this weekend. It will be my first trip with my beloved iPad, so of course I must load it up with road [air] warrior goodies. There are tons of apps specifically designed for travel (what isn’t there an app for?) but most of them, such as the packing helper apps and trip planner apps are all a bit too organized for me. I’m a light packer and like to roam with the wind! PLANNING a vacation (transportation aside) takes the vacation part out of it!

Here’s what I’ve added so far:

Kayak – This is a no brainer. If you master Kayak, you’ve mastered the skies. I could write a book on advanced use of the site from using it for business travel bookings over the years. The app is handy. Even if you’ve already booked your flights it’s good to have access to Kayak’s extensive flight listings in case you get stuck in Timbuktu.

IntellicastHD – just plain cool. This is by far the coolest weather app for the iPad. If only the weather in Mississippi would follow suit.

FlightTrack – “Live Flight Status Tracking” – for obvious reasons.

AroundMe – this app will tell you the nearest fill in the blank to where you are. If you are somewhere you’ve never been before, having this at your fingertips is priceless. This one is great for the non-planners out there. It suits my favorite line: “We’ll figure it out when we get there.”

Instapaper – save all those interesting articles and blogs that you never have time to read at your desk for airplane reading. Instapaper saves everything for offline reading – so it works even in airplane mode.

Kindle or iBooks – dare I mention them both on the same line? The very words on this page might start fighting. It just comes down to preference. I have them both. I have books previously purchase on via the Kindle app for iPhone but I like the look and feel of iBooks better.

ProCreate – some really cool things can be created with this app. It could come in handy for some creative brainstorming or mindless, stress-reducing doodling along the way.

I’m sure I’ll find more between now and departure time – I’ll be sure to come back and add them to this list.

If you have any to share, please do!