Pier House Key West Review

The Pier House resort and Caribbean Spa has been enchanting guests with its understated luxury, private beach and outstanding amenities for over 40 years. The 142 room resort is situated on a 6-acre guarded compound on the tip of Key West, surrounded by white sand beaches, tropical gardens and a sparkling pool. The hotel features three bars, a restaurant, in-room dining, a full service spa, fitness center and top-rated spa. No resort fees are charged.

Pier House Key West Review 1 Wows and Woes

The hotel is in the perfect location, just steps from Old Town Key West. You’re a part of all the downtown action, but have privacy and seclusion when you retire at the end of the night.

If you are traveling for business or need wireless Internet access, this can be a problem. Even though the hotel says it has Internet, it was sketchy at best.

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Insider Tips

The Harbor View Cafe has decent food and an amazing view all around. Try the amazingly delectable blueberry muffins and a perfect key lime pie topped with meringue for desert.

The Spa House is one of the noisiest buildings due to its location. If you desire peace and quiet, request another building at check-in.

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Author’s Most Memorable Moment

I loved exploring the crazy, loud, energetic town of Key West and retreating at the end of the night to the perfectly quiet and peaceful Pier House. A short walk from town, you feel safe and protected as you retreat to the beautiful, cozy room.

Bottom Line

For travelers that need luxury and privacy in the center of it all, the Pier House is sure to please.

Crazy Things to Do in Paris

Crazy Things to Do in ParisWith so many world-famous things to see and do in Paris, it might be difficult to set aside a day or two to visit a sampling of the city’s more off-beat attractions. Some of the more unusual things, however, may turn out to be the most memorable. Whether taboo, macabre, underground or just plain off the wall, Paris boasts myriad attractions to keep visitors entertained, surprised and, in some cases, shocked.

Erotic Museum

Located in the heart of the infamous Pigalle district, the Erotic Museum features seven floors of art and artifacts devoted to the history of erotica. From bawdy sculptures and off-beat paintings to devices, sex toys and more, the museum’s collection of taboo items will entertain and shock.

Musée de l’Erotisme
72 boulevard de Clichy Paris

Sewer Tour

Below the city streets lurks a dank, dark sewer system made famous by Victor Hugo in “Les Miserables.” In the 1970s, boats took tourists through the tunnels. Today, the museum is visited atop metal grates beneath the Quai d’Orsay on the Left Bank.

Gay District

Stroll the Marais District on Friday evenings and enjoy the many clubs and restaurants of the gay quarter, where thousands of happy patrons spill out of clubs and onto the streets. The real party does not get started until 1 a.m., when the dance clubs turn up the beat.

Crazy Things to Do in ParisCatacombs

An underground world of skulls and bones reveals a surreal slice of French history. Neatly stacked to form walls on either side of walkable tunnels, millions of Parisian skulls were exhumed from local cemeteries beginning in 1785. These macabre residents are now the sole occupants of dimly lit corridors beneath city streets.

1, Place Denfert-Rochereau
75014 Paris, France
+33 1 43 22 47 63

Musée de la Curiosité et de la Magie

The mysterious world of magic is on display in this fascinating museum, where artifacts include optical illusions, objects that float on thin air and a box for sawing people in half. A fun live show takes place every half hour.

Ecole de Magie
11, rue St-Paul 75004
01 42 72 13 26

Top 13 Kids Best Protection & Safe Sunscreens

SUMMER….SUMMER….SUMMER……where are you?


Maybe you noticed that lately I have been complaining a lot about the lack of sunshine and warm weather.

Honestly, yesterday according to my huge wall calendar it was JUNE 8th…… and I was wearing long pants and sweatshirt….that is absolutely ridiculous and will not stand for that.


Do you hear me Mother Nature? Do you?

I figured that if I keep writing about summer stuff Mother Nature will eventually take the hint and some sunshine will come our way as well.

So here it goes…lets talk about SUNSCREENS…..specifically sunscreens that offer the best protection for our children.

If your kids are anything like mine you spend hours and hours telling them over and over until you blue in your face to keep their hats on, wear their sunglasses and drink lots of water.

We all need to pay close attention and protect our kids as well as ourselves from harmful UV rays.

Skin cancer is on the rise and lots of it is from not applying proper sunscreens and not paying attention to protection from sun from an early age.

Therefore……using the proper sunscreen to protect our kids from sun damage is very important.

Kids Best Protection Sunscreens

When using a sunscreen for kids you need to have few things in mind:

#1 Sunscreen is not expired

#2 Make sure the kids sunscreen has the highest SPF available

#3 Sunscreen is water-resistant

#4 Sunscreen for kids is hypoallergenic and fragrance free

#5 Sunscreen provides broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection.

#6 Sunscreen does not contain lots of harmful chemicals


Every year before summer starts I do a little research and see what sunscreen protection for kids is available on the market.

I make a list of best sunscreen lotions to protect my kids and I look for sales and coupons, because….have you seen the price of sunscreen lotions lately?

According to my internet research the best and safest sunscreens and sunblocks that have everything that I look for to protect my kids from the sun and keeping them from harmful chemicals at the same time are:

Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50
Blue Lizard Baby Australian Sun-scream, SPF 30
Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
Coppertone WaterBabies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50
BabyGanics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen for Face & Body, Fragrance Free, SPF 50+
BabyGanics Cover Up Baby Sunscreen Stick, Fragrance Free, SPF 50
Badger Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
COOLA Baby Unscented Natural Mineral Sunblock, SPF 45
COOLA MineralBaby Moisturizer Suncare, Unscented, SPF 45
UV Natural Baby Sunscreen, SPF 30+
Little Forest Sunscreen Lotion For Babies and Kids, SPF 30+
Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock Stick, SPF 60+


For many years Neutrogena and Banana Boat were on top of my list when it came to using sunscreen for myself and my kids, but few days ago I read a post called “Is Your Sunscreen Harming You?” from a Stumble Buddy of mine Heather from With A Side Of Sneakers which made me change my mind.


To make sure your kids are well protected this summer sunscreen can’t do the job on it’s own.

To give your kids maximum sun protection make sure they:

put on the sunscreen
wear sunglasses
put on the hat
use sun protection clothing
Stay in shade and keep hydrated

Kids Best Protection Sunscreens