Stories. Adventures. People.

These are what drives a Grandma like me out into the world to live a life of discovery and wonder. I love sharing my adventures and have been doing so on social media for several years. Now you can follow me on my very own blog. Whether you are an old friend or new... tag along and lets see the world!
Mary Ann

Mary Ann is an avid traveler, grandma, and adventurous spirit.

  • Rocky Mountain High

    December 28, 2019 by

    I left my daughter, Betsy, my son-in-law, Sean, and the warm embraces and delightful squeals of my two grandsons, Wesley, 4, and Raynor, 1, in Durham, NC to board an American flight from Raleigh-Durham, NC to rugged, untamed, independent Grand Junction, CO. On the other end, my delightful daughter, Jackie Styons, and her partner, Zak… Read more

  • A Night in the Sahara Desert

    August 14, 2019 by

    The morning started with a delicious breakfast by an open window with a breeze and no screen and no insects…very nice. Breakfast consisted of a flat pancake that very much resembled a thick tortilla with several jams. There was also a boiled egg, coffee and Morocco’s deliciously sweet orange juice. We packed up and checked… Read more

  • Second Day in Morocco in the Atlas Mountains

    August 13, 2019 by

    Second Day in Morocco in the Atlas Mountains The hotel provided a magnificent breakfast which consisted of hot mint tea, sweet orange juice, strong coffee, figs, croissants with three jams, grilled tomatoes topped with melted mozzarella cheese, eggs and thick pancakes which the lady cook showed me how to open and put butter & honey… Read more

  • First Day in Africa!

    August 10, 2019 by

    Marrakech, Morocco, here I come! North America, South America, Europe, Asia have all been checked off my bucket list. Now I will be able to check off Africa! I was excited, but tired, as I didn’t get any sleep the night before as I had to catch the train to the airport at 3:00 am.… Read more

  • Did You Know Copenhagen Has A Time Capsule?

    July 31, 2019 by

    After my new friend deferred to me on our first day in Copenhagen, I insisted that she choose the itinerary for the second day. Her selection, while not something I would have normally chosen, ended up being one of the highlights of our trip to Copenhagen! She chose the Old Denmark-Open Air Museum which was… Read more

  • Going to Copenhagen with a New Friend

    July 28, 2019 by

    Recently, I did something unusual…I posted on “Stuttgart Friends Who Like to Travel” Facebook page, “I am an older, single woman looking for a traveling companion. I don’t have a car, but am willing to share expenses with someone else who might need company. I’ll be in Stuttgart cat sitting until August 2 and then… Read more

  • Never a Dull Moment in Stuttgart!

    July 14, 2019 by

    The Amadeus restaurant in Stuttgart, Germany used to be an 18th-century orphanage serving gruel to it’s small patrons. Now it is a bustling, chic bistro style restaurant serving delicious local Swabian dishes and baked goods. I ordered a warm bowl of beef broth with vegetables and pockets of ravioli filled with beef. It was the… Read more

  • Go Go Grandma Had to Stop for Awhile!

    July 8, 2019 by

    Becoming ill, alone, in a foreign country is not everyone’s ideal vacation. Normally, I am very independent and while I throughly enjoy the companionship of others, I also thrive on solitude. Loneliness is not something I often experience. I recently suffered through an illness while traveling alone in Europe. While it left me with the… Read more

  • Normandy

    July 1, 2019 by

    Day #4 in Paris The night before my trip, I set the alarm on my iPad for 5:30am. I was so afraid I wouldn’t make it to the France Tourisme office by 7:00 as it required a thirty minute walk to get there. I quickly got dressed and walked at a fast pace and arrived… Read more

  • Heaven on Earth…Monet’s House and Gardens

    June 28, 2019 by

    Morning Day #3 in Paris Exhausted from the previous night, I slept until 10:10 causing me to miss the free breakfast provided by the hotel. Instead I ate at a nearby restaurant called Panache. I was served delicious full-bodied coffee and and incredibly flaky croissants with cherry jam. One croissant was filled with chocolate. I… Read more

  • Sparkling Paris At Last!

    June 27, 2019 by

    Afternoon of Day #2 in Paris A more centrally located Airbnb awaited me in Paris. It was actually a room in a lovely hotel in an old building within thirty minutes walking distance of the Louve Museum. My room on the second floor had a tall window which completely opened onto a black wrought iron… Read more

  • There Are Still Some Good People in the World!

    June 26, 2019 by

    Morning of Day #2 in Paris After a solid night’s sleep, I went downstairs to the kitchen of the Airbnb for the 8:30 breakfast of which Xavier had told me to expect. No one was there, but the breakfast table was set with what looked like cereal bowls, saucers and juice glasses. Soon Xavier entered… Read more

  • Trouble on the Train to Paris

    June 25, 2019 by

    Day #1 in Paris I arrived at the Stuttgart train station on schedule for my trip to Paris only to hear an announcement spoken in German and watch people begin to depart the platform. This was a very good visual clue that something was not going as planned. When questioned, a nearby charming German girl,… Read more

  • Planning a Trip to Paris

    June 22, 2019 by

    There was a thunderstorm today in Stuttgart. It was also a holiday and everything was closed so I stayed inside and snuggled with Snickers. Holly returns Saturday for a few days so I am going to take a three hour train ride to Paris tomorrow where I will rent an Airbnb room in someone’s house.… Read more

  • The Night Sky Connects Us All

    June 22, 2019 by

    It’s nice to look up at the full moon and know it’s the same one my family and friends are seeing back home. Downtown Stuttgart was beautiful tonight. There’s a German hamburger chain named Hans im Gluck right around the corner from my apartment that serves delicious hamburgers, salads and beer until midnight. Each restaurant… Read more

  • First Full Day in Stuttgart

    June 21, 2019 by

    First full day in Stuttgart and I slept until noon. Jet lag is tough! The weather was gorgeous and 62 degrees. I grabbed my jacket and walked across town to meet a new friend originally from Montana who wants me to water her plants this summer and bring in her mail. Karen lives in a… Read more

  • Friends in the Sky

    June 20, 2019 by

    A comfortable sense of community develops when traveling high in the air over the Atlantic Ocean with a group of exhausted passengers who had their plans delayed and then realized. I actually made a potential friend with a military wife who I may hang out with in Stuttgart. It all worked out and Delta gave… Read more

  • Traveling to Stuttgart, Germany…will I ever get there?

    June 20, 2019 by

    This is not a good start to my trip. After leaving the Atlanta airport for Germany we were turned around after an hour into the trip and returned to Atlanta for repairs. We can’t leave the plane and there’s no knowledge of how long the repairs will take. Everyone’s hungry and babies are crying! Exciting… Read more

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