SUNDAYS WITH CELIA VOL 33

Hello! Welcome to Sundays With Celia Vol 33.

Celebrating Birthdays On Sunday

This has been a week of birthdays! First we celebrated my bestie Brenda’s Birthday. I didn’t host the birthday party but did make one of my favorite cakes for the occasion, Angle Food Cake with Berries & Whipped Cream.

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This week was also my youngest son, Austin’s birthday. It happens to be his Spring break from college so he decided to make a road trip home, bringing his cute girlfriend along.

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Our welcoming chalkboard

So I readied the guest room for her visit.

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On our recent trip to Philadelphia we visited an old-time candy store and my husband decided it would be a good idea to buy a bag of assorted candies to give to the kids when they arrived home.

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So I tied the candy up in cellophane bags and placed them on their pillows for a bedtime snack. I guess you’re never too old for candy. And speaking of old…

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Austin turned 20 this year! I have no idea where the time has gone.

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And of course he too wanted an Angel Food Cake for his birthday. I make him one every year and this year was no exception. Two Angel Food Cakes in one week! Want my super easy and delicious recipe? Get it by clicking here.

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Progress Report on The House On Cottage Grove

This week I brought you an update on the kitchen renovation of The House on Cottage Grove. If you missed it click here!

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Trip Planning On Sunday

Coming up very soon we will be taking my father on a short Princess cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada in celebration of his 90th birthday.

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I haven’t been to Vancouver since I was in high school and at the end of the cruise we will have 2 extra days to explore the city. Usually I’m all over the trip planning, doing extensive research, booking restaurant reservations and deciding what we should do each and every minute of the trip. But this time I’ve been so busy with my current fixer-upper that I haven’t had time to spend on trip planning. So, that’s where you come in…

Can you lend me some advice about what to do, see & eat in Vancouver?

Plus, in about 1 month’s time Brad & I will be heading off to Europe again for another Uniworld River Cruise on the enchanting Danube River. We will be cruising aboard the beautiful S.S. Maria Theresa. We start the trip in Budapest, Hungary and end in Passau, Germany.

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We’ve planned for 3 days in Budapest before the cruise and another 3 days in Vienna, Austria at the end of the cruise. I’ve never been to Budapest and haven’t been to Vienna since I was in college. So…

Can you give me some travel advice for both Budapest and Vienna please? 

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Images Via Uniworld

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This will be our suite onboard the S.S. Maria Theresa

The Secrets of the Manor House on Sunday

I love British history, especially when it involves tales of royalty and aristocracy. Last night I watched a PBS show entitled Secrets of Chatsworth. The show details 5 centuries of intrigue, infamy and scandal surrounding one of England’s grandest homes: Chatsworth, the home of the Dukes and Duchesses of Devenger. It’s part of a PBS series called Secrets of the Manor House which takes viewers inside the grand manor homes of The Spencers (childhood home of Princess Diana), Highclere Castle, Henry VIII’s Palace and Chatsworth House.

Find out what went on behind the stately walls of the British manor house over the centuries. Watch the full-length Chatsworth House show by clicking here.

So there you have it: Sundays With Celia Vol 33

Thanks so much for dropping in! 

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Comments

  • Thank you Maureen! Happy Sunday!

  • Lori

    Oh wow! You’ll be traveling to 2 of my favorite places on the planet. Vancouver and Budapest. Here are a few suggestions to help you with your planning about places I really loved in those cities.
    Vancouver:
    -To Stay: The Loden Hotel or Georgian Court Hotel
    -To Eat: Earl’s Kitchen + Bar (on Hornby) Cactus Club Cafe (at Canada Place), Mr. Shawarma food truck.
    To Do: If you hotel offers free bikes, bike to and around Stanley Park, take the ferry to Lonsdale Quay
    -To Drink:If you visit Granville Island, rest your feet by stopping in for a drink at the Liberty Distillery. Enjoy as muc coffee as you can from Blenz and Tim Horton’s

    Budapest:
    To Stay: Corinthia Hotel (in a grand residence room)
    To Eat: Cafe Vian (3 locations)
    To Try: Kürtoskalács (from a street vendor), chicken paprikash w/dumplings
    To Do: Walk down Andrássy Avenue, Walk through Gozsdu Courtyard

    Vienna:
    To Stay: Schick Hotel am Parkring
    To Eat: Motto am Fluss, Medusa, Cafe Central (breakfast)
    To Visit: Naschmarkt, Schonbrun Palace
    Daytrip: Rent a car and go to Mauthausen (sad but moving)

    Can’t wait to hear about your trips and all your adventures

  • Dear Lori, I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to give me your travel recommendations! You mentioned things I’ve not heard of or considered so I’m definitely going to look into them. We are renting a car at the end of the river cruise so I will try to put Mauthausen on the itinerary. THANK YOU!!!

  • Boy, what a busy week you had! But it sounds like it was a great week! Happy Birthday to Austin! That cake looks fabulous!!!! Send my regards….

    I’m not sure how I missed that episode of the PBS series. Thanks for letting us know.
    I’ll have to check out the upcoming episodes. That’s right up my alley…

    We were in Vancouver a few years ago. We stayed at The Loden. They did have bikes available. They also offer a car service. They were sponsoring an animal shelter at the time and had the car decorated up like a dog with ears, face and tail. I’m not talking paint or decals either. There was a tail hanging out from behind…it was hilarious. We didn’t use the car service or the bikes since we had our own car. The location was very convenient and we could walk to quite a bit. The hotel was great (and its adjacent restaruant was good). It’s very stylish. We actually had a power outage for a portion of one night and they handled it very professionally and extremely well. We were only in town a couple of days so we did some of the touristy things (i.e. Granville Island). If you enjoy nature then visit the VanDusen Botanical Garden for a beautiful stroll. The Bloedel Conservatory was also a fun way to watch some beautiful birds. We did both in one day with plenty of time left to do other stuff. I remember having a great meal at CinCin (Italian) which was an easy walk from our hotel. We also had tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The views were fabulous. You can always eat your way through Granville Island, which is very easy to do and can be fun. It was really, really crowded though.

    Sorry – haven’t been to Budapest but it’s on the bucket list. Your trip sounds fun! Keep us posted.

  • Dear Vanessa, thank you so much for taking the time to give me your comprehensive suggestions for Vancouver. I will heed your advice for sure and will let you know how it goes. Glad to know it’s possible to see a lot in a short period of time, as we only have 2 days there. Tea at the Fairmont is definitely on the list!

  • Hi Celia-
    …Always happy to help…