Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cerreta Candy Company


From the moment you walk in the door, you are hit with the wonderful smell of mint and chocolate.  Cerreta Candy Co. is known for their mouth-watering French Mint, but they manufacture many other types of sweet treats.  Located near the downtown historic district of Glendale, AZ, this candy factory has been around for over 40 years.  The company was started by Jim Cerreta Sr. who learned how to make candy from his father-in-law while living in Canton, Ohio.  The establishment has been maintained by the Cerreta family where three of his sons currently have a hand in every facet of the candy enterprise.  Even Jim’s grandchildren are doing their part and helping out in the family business.

Not only do you get to shop the many varieties of sweets they manufacture, but they offer tours so you can see how the candy is made.  You are escorted throughout the back area of the place which takes about 30 minutes and is presented Monday through Friday from 10am to 1pm.  Both my children went on the tour with their schools.  They do suggest that if you have 10 or more in your group, you should call for reservations.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Larimar Stone


This exceptional blue stone is a type of Pectolite and is unearthed in one place, the Dominican Republic in the Carribbean.  The Larimar stone is likewise known as “Stefilia’s Stone” and varies in color from white, light-blue, green-blue to a deep blue.  Pectolite is usually white to gray mineral, but rarely will have the one of a kind blue color of the Lariamr.  What causes this coloration is when Cobalt switches with Calcium.

They say the Larimar stone can assist one into opening their mind and bring clarity to achieve a higher knowledge.  It inspires you to dig deep into your soul and speak your mind with such precision.  The stone also aids in smoothing the progress of meditation, heightens your ability to be tranquil, and can alleviate your depression.

Larimar can be found in many facets of jewelry.  The stone is mostly set in silver, but occasionally the premium stones are placed in gold.  The jewelry is obtainable in the Dominican Republic or other places in the Caribbean, but can be found in more places as well.  I purchased three Larimar rings, all set in silver.  I purchased both single-stone rings at Tortilla Flats located in the Superstition Mountains, AZ, and the butterfly ring was bought in a shop on Coronado Island in California.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hotel Del Coronado

Seaside View
It was in 1888 when a grandiose hotel began booking guests into their luxurious resort on Coronado Island near downtown San Diego.  The Hotel del Coronado is an enormous hotel located by the sea and right off the beachfront.  Constructed of wood with a Victorian style fa├žade, the hotel stands 7 stories high with 680 rooms.  Each room has its own unique style and price.  Other facilities you will find at the hotel are pools, a spa, a fitness center, hot tub, shops, bars, and restaurants.  Surrounding the hotel are many cottages for visitors to stay in as well.  The hotel has played host to many celebrities, presidents, and royalty.  You have also seen the hotel in several movies and it has also been the setting for various books.

The Hotel del Coronado is not without its mysteries and ghosts.  There have been numerous reports of strange happens throughout the place.  People have heard voices, seen apparitions and things move by unseen forces.  A person staying on the 7th floor couldn’t sleep because of the noise from the party above him.  He went down to the lobby to complain at the front desk.  They told the man that it wasn’t possible because he was on the top floor.  Needless to say, he got a different room on a lower floor. 

The most seen and noted apparition around the property is that of Kate Morgan.  Kate was only 24 when she checked into the hotel in 1892.  Employees and guests noticed she looked depressed and seemed lonely.  She mentioned to some of the hotel personnel that she was waiting for a gentleman to join her.  After a few days of anticipating his arrival, he never came and she shot herself in the head.  She died immediately and her body was found a short time later.  Many of the ghosts sighting reports have come from the third floor room where Kate was staying at the time.  Witnesses have said they saw flickering lights, the TV shutting off and on, cool breezes in places where there were no doors or windows, doors opening and shutting, invisible forces moving items in the room, quick temperature changes, disembodied voices, and strange unseen footsteps.  Many ghost enthusiasts request that room for their stay.  The room may be the most active place where Kate reveals herself, but she has been seen in other places around the hotel as well.  Witnesses have reported seeing her in corridors or along the beach.   She seems to have fun in the gift shop where visitors and staff have witnessed breakable items soaring off shelves, and landing in an upright position, permanently intact.

If you are looking for a fabulous place to stay for rest and relaxation, the Hotel del Coronado is for you.  Also, if you don’t mind staying where the ghost of Kate Morgan roams, then this is definitely a vacation destination for you.



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Coronado Island


Coronado Island is a flourishing resort community and located on the other side of an enormous bridge from the hub of downtown San Diego.  Among the many island inhabitants are lots of shops, restaurants, the Hotel del Coronado (featured on my next post), and a beach with fine sand which shines of sparkly gold.  The name Coronado means “the crowned one” and has been also called “The Crown City”.

In 1885, Elisha Spurr Babcock and others obtained the land where the settlement of Coronado was initiated.  Their goal was to generate and build an upscale society.  A year later they formed the Coronado Beach Company and two years later the Hotel del Coronado became the foremost place to stay on vacations.  After the hotel came a schoolhouse and several exclusive clubs.  By 1900, many cottages were constructed near the hotel to draw more tourists and vacationers.  By the early 1910’s, the Class 1 streetcars were fashioned and linked to San Diego.  After over 20 years of being in service, the streetcars were put out of commission.








Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sea World 2015



Instead of writing the history of Sea World, I will just show you some of the pictures I took on my recent trip.  Here is their website if you are interested in finding out more information on this fun park:  http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/







































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