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Winter Holiday Model Train Show

N playing with trains.

We spent the day becoming more familiar with the world of model trains at the Winter Holiday Model Train Show at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. The show was $12 for families and kids were free.

We saw some nice photography, antiques, displays, etc. Although, for S and N the highlight of the day was the Thomas & Friends Play Area. They spent hours playing with trains and track sets. In my mind, I kept thinking they’re going to get bored soon and it will be time to go, but it never happened… never did. 

S with the Thomas “tent”

I came to the conclusion right then and there, that model train shows are mostly for adults who are into collecting model trains (news flash, right?) and while the kids area provided tons of amusement for my kids, I was still left thinking where are all of the amazing train sets and displays that I’ve seen online and in books with the elaborately built cities and obsessive attention to detail? Maybe they save that for the larger shows?

All in all, we had a great day and we saw some decent displays. We also learned about Thomas Deluxe train sets for kids 8 years old and older, which we never would have known about had we not gone.

We had a nice time. It was fun to see N in his element, just having a blast!


Written by Shara

November 29, 2010 at 12:12 am

Posted in Trains

Anniversary in Freeport, Bahamas

Freeport Resort & Club

Ed and I decided to go away for our third wedding anniversary. We have an eight year old and a 14 month old, and we haven’t taken a vacation in over two years. So, needless to say, we were really thrilled to get away for a few days!

We chose Freeport, Bahamas from a short list of potential Caribbean getaways available through our time share exchange system, Interval International. We had a few weeks banked that were going to expire, so we thought it would be a great way to take a vacation and use our banked time. After looking at potential dates and flights, we selected the only resort that was available for exchange in the Bahamas: Freeport Resort & Club.

Like much of the rest of the world, Freeport has been hit hard by the recession in the United States. As we were told many times, tourism is their primary industry and Americans are their primary patrons. And during the week of November 13-18, there were not very many tourist (American or otherwise) on the island, although we were told that the numbers pick up starting just after Thanksgiving week.

We did a tour of the island, which was a nice orientation. We visited the Garden of the Groves (I enjoyed the Labyrinth, although my husband made fun the whole time), the Lucayan National Park, where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed, and Ben’s Cave (Ben is the guy who discovered the cave).

We snorkeled at Paradise Cove (too many jellyfish though) and then again at the beach by the Wyndham Resort (the equipment wasn’t great, but the water was calm and there were no jellyfish, it was wonderful). The Wyndham also offers a nice all-inclusive option where you will get access to their pool and activities, your meals (breakfast and lunch), towels, and non-motorized sports for one daily fee.

We played golf at Fortune Hills Golf Course. I only played the first nine and I would say that it was decent. I’m not an avid golfer so I really can’t critique the course. I can say; however, there were not any stunning views like Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic.

There was one casino on the island and we didn’t get a chance to do any gambling. We aren’t big gamblers, but we would have given it a shot if they had Texas Hold ‘Em, but they didn’t while we were there. We heard there was a tournament starting the day after we left though. Also, they do have a three card poker game, which we didn’t take the time to figure out.

All in all it was a nice quiet vacation. Warm weather, nice beaches, and Bahama Mamas by the gallon! I will share some tips for travel in Freeport in another post.

Written by Shara

November 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm