Like most, I especially love shopping and dining around the world. Dinner in New Orleans and New York were my favorite. I loved New Orleans Royal Orleans, in the French Quarter and Commanders Palace, in Garden County. Jazz musicians were coming to every table and there were memories of food and music for the rest of the week.
Hotel Plaza had great dining, you just found me there in New York. The Top of Sixes and Four Seasons were my two favorites at the time.
However, if I had to choose one place where food and shopping were the best, I would have to say Thailand.
Not wanting a regular tour, the agent booked me on a flight to Bangkok with a two-night reservation at the Sheraton Hotel. A few days later I found the beautiful Omni Watergate Hotel, a better location with beautiful breakfast-Asian dishes of all kinds. The area was close to clothing and shops. I swapped my American money into their Baht and booked there for a week. Traveling to different shopping areas in Bangkok, the typical taxi fare was no more than fifty cents for one dollar.
I spent the next two weeks in Phuket and Phi Phi. Using airlines in Thailand was expensive. Ever since I learned to ride a train, it would be a much cheaper and nicer trip.
The beaches were exciting and attractive, but then I was warned to watch out for the currents. Traveling north, I spent a few days in Chaig Rai. I went to a night market where there were booths for food, entertainment and natives selling their creations. Everything I tasted was amazing. the art pieces I bought were unique and inexpensive in price.
Moving on to Chaig Mai for another week, I took a few hours of cooking at a school run by Permpoon and Suriyan Nabnian. We all had our own cooking tips, and we shared our finished products with students from all over the world.
I loved the sweet and spicy spices and was able to recreate my Thai specialties when I got home. Thailand has been one of my most wonderful experiences
When I'm too busy traveling, I spend some time in places like Epcot Center, Disney. It brings back memories as I dine at various Epcot restaurants around the world.