Ranger Rick’s Travels National Parks! by Stacy Tornio & Ken Keffer

I’m on vacation right now which is the perfect accompaniment for a book about National Parks.

Ranger Rick's Travels National Parks


While there’s no National Park in Aruba listed in the book, there are plenty of other beautiful parks to see across the US and the Caribbean.  I was amazed at how many beautiful parks there were! The book can be used so many different ways. I sat down and read it cover to cover which was great because of the great descriptions and the AMAZING photographs. You can read the book from A to Z and learn about every single fabulous park that exists.

Alternately, if you’re trying to plan a vacation around a National Park, you can use this book for that as well. Pick a state and the book will tell you what parks are there and what fabulous experiences they have to offer. The photos are amazing. Did I mention that? I love following Ranger Rick‘s (I used to read his magazines as a child) useful facts in each park. For example, The Capitol Reef National Park in Southern Utah is famous for “Red and rugged landscape that locals refer to as a ‘reef'”.  The incredible photos include pics of a cute little canyon treefrog, a side-blotched lizard and a golden eagle. It’s like you’re right there in Utah.

If you have a little one who can’t quite read yet, no matter! They can marvel at the beautiful photos! This book has something for everyone! The National Park Service turned 100 just a few days ago, can you believe it? 100 years of National Parks and I haven’t seen any of them (sadly there are none in PA where I live); but what are YOU waiting for! Go get a National park visit in your schedule and maybe have a slice of cake on me. I cannot resist birthday cake. But you knew that already didn’t you?


Bookish Traveler Practices Her French in Aruba

When we were in Aruba, we tried to eat a a different location each night. To be sure, since we’ve been to Aruba 5 times, we have our favorite locations but even then, we still are game to try a new place. Enter Amuse Bistro! We’ve walked past this restaurant so many times and have never gone inside; not sure why?

Take a look:



Isn’t that yummy looking? It’s a teeny glass of cold tomato soup. The waitress called it an Amuse, compliments of the chef.

Look at our yummy food.

Amuse Bistro


That was husband’s salad. Cute, right?



Tasty fish. So pretty and colorful!




I’m not sure if any of the food is truly French but who cares? It was yummy and fresh!

Bon appetit!

Have you been to Aruba? What are you fave spots to eat?


Bookish Traveler Walks the Streets of Aruba and Marriott

THAT got your attention, didn’t it? Yep, I walked the streets of Aruba while enjoying my vacation in paradise.  There’s a reason the island is called One Happy Island.  What could you possibly be unhappy about?

Except sunburn, but that’s your own fault. Buy SPF 50 and use it. And a sun hat.

Here are some sights from in and around the Marriott:

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You know I had to throw a pic of food in there, right? I didn’t want you to worry that I didn’t eat. Bahahaa

I miss Aruba already.  Did you see that big green iguana?

Him, I don’t miss. Consider him the bodyguard of the hot tub.


Bookish Traveler Eats Her Weight in Seafood in Aruba

Yep that’s me! We recently traveled to Aruba (our FIFTH time!) and I ate my weight in yummy seafood!


Wanna see what I ate?

On the night we’re feeling particularly gluttonous, we waddle over to Texas de Brazil.  It’s at this location where swarthy looking men in guaches and boots offer you hunks of meat served on what look like swords.

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Half the time I don’t know what they’re offering me but who cares? When a man offers you meat on a stick you take it, right? Of course we don’t eat the whole day prior or after to make up for our gorging. It’s way fun.

Another yummy meal we enjoyed was at Yemanja which means sea goddess or something and is a sweet little outdoor restaurant tucked in the middle of downtown Oranjestad. The place is so secluded you forget you’re in the middle of the “city!”


Here’s the meal  le grand monsieur enjoyed. It was a yummy veggie burger with a sprouted bun, some crunchy things, a yummy salad, and a kebab of veggies. He swooned! Why men love food on sticks is beyond me.

Le petit madame ordered fish. I’m all about fish when I’m in Aruba, except when I’m gorging on meat on a stick served by men in guachos and boots.


Doesn’t that look FAB?? It was accompanied by lots of veggies and although Pammy Pam is not a friend to vegetables, I loved them they were SO delish!

Especially great about this place is that locals eat here, so you KNOW it’s good.

Wine and dessert made for a wonderful night!



Bookish Traveler Travels to Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

You might have figured out by now that I love to travel.  Seeing the world is so much fun and it always provides plenty of time for reading. Whether riding on the train or sitting on a plane (hey that rhymed!) I’m never far away from at least one book when I travel.

Marriott Villa View

I just recently traveled to Aruba and stayed at the Marriott Surf Club.  I love Aruba and I love Marriott. We’ve been to Aruba five times and I’ve loved every single minute of it.

Why five times you ask?

Here is the view from the villa balcony.  I’m having my coffee and looking at this stunning view for breakfast. What more could a bookish traveler like me want? If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know that I was reading a middle grade book called Remarkable which was about pirates. So, while looking at the pirate ship, I was reading about pirates. The irony was not lost on me.

But GAH! Look at that view!

When I wasn’t on the balcony enjoying the sunrise, I was at the Serenity Pool which is just for grown ups.  Why they let me in is a surprise, but since I can’t swim (shut up) I don’t go to the other pools so much. I have a scared that some little kid will knock me in and then I’ll be a drowned Pammy Pam. No fun for me.

Anyway, I’m down at the Serenity Pool, which should really be called the outdoor library, because SO many people were reading books.

Like Me.

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I left my sun hat upstairs so I had to improvise.

After I spend several hours under an umbrella reading, it’s usually time for lunch.  This is the fun part. The mister and I go back to our room (or villa as Marriott calls them) and I prepare lunch in the kitchen!

photo courtesy Marriott

How cool is that? What you do is the day you arrive you go to the grocery store, which is geared toward Americans and you stock up on snacks and food. Then you cook your food in the fully equipped kitchen; how awesome is that? You know what’s even awesomer? The money that we saved fixing yummy sammies and salad, can be spent on a extra delicious Foodie dinner!

I’m not a foodie but I do like nice food. Wait, does that make me a foodie?

Anyway, mad props to the Marriott peeps because I love their consistency in quality: I try to stay in a Marriott whenever I travel. Plus, the Marriott Aruba social media team is on the ball and responsive! Check out Marriott’s website to see when you can get down to Aruba.

Stay tuned and in the coming days I’ll share more of my Aruba trip with you. Have you ever been? What do you love about it the best?


Remarkable by Lizzie K Foley and Pirates!



If you’ve been around here a minute you know that I love me some pirates. LOVE! Any book with, for, or about pirates and I’m ALL over it! If you look at the pic above and look to the left of the book, you’ll see two tiny pirate ships. That’s cuz I’m in Aruba and apparently pirates love the Caribbean.

As much as I love pirates, you can imagine my surprise when I discovered that the book I’m reading for my tween book club contained lots of pirates and pirate talk! Here’s a blurb about it:

In the mountain town of Remarkable, everyone is extraordinarily talented, extraordinarily gifted, or just plain extraordinary. Everyone, that is, except Jane Doe, the most average ten-year-old who ever lived. But everything changes when the mischievous, downright criminal Grimlet twins enroll in Jane’s school and a strange pirate captain appears in town.

Thus begins a series of adventures that put some of Remarkable’s most infamous inhabitants and their long-held secrets in danger. It’s up to Jane, in her own modest style, to come to the rescue and prove that she is capable of some rather exceptional things.

Yeah that. This book is a sleeper, y’all! One of my tweenies suggested it, I don’t know where she heard about it (prolly her school librarian, so YAY!) but I’m so glad she suggested it to us. Remarkable is so fun and the names of the characters are a hoot too.

And pirates!

I can’t wait to hear what my tweens think of it in book club. I’ll report back…


Books I’ll Take on Vacation

I’m going on VACATION!!

I’m thrilled to be heading out on vacation. My destination is the beautiful Aruba, One Happy Island! I’ve been there several times and each time I feel so relaxed upon my return. The reason I am so relaxed is I get the chance to catch up on all of my reading!

I’ve made a collage so you can see all the books I’m packing for this trip:




I know you’re prolly thinking: PAM!!! How can all of those books fit in your suitcase? It’s easy:

  • Lisa Scottoline’s book is an audiobook on CD
  • The French mysteries on on my Kindle app on my Ipad, in my purse
  • The Paris Apartment will be in my purse (will read on the plane)
  • Jennifer Weiner’s and Allie Brosh’s books will be in my suitcase

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

How many books do you pack on your vacation?