Marriott Metro Plaza: Big Thank You!

I had the best hotel check-in experience I have ever had recently while visiting the Marriott Metro Plaza, Washington DC, USA. It was very hot and it had been a long day of travel. I was in no mood to wait in a long line to check in when I arrived around 4pm.

The queue was about three people deep but before I could start to groan and stomp my flip flops, they opened another desk and I was serviced straight away. Check-in took about three minutes until I was on my way. The whole reason for going to DC was to visit the Smithsonian's Museum of African American History and Culture. Foolishly, I assumed, as this is a museum, I could just Walz up to the entrance and go in. I booked my flights and hotel and then checked to see if I needed to pre-book the museum. As it turns out, the museum releases visiting times three months in advance, and they are snatched up very quickly. Please remember that there is no charge for the tickets. The second option for acquiring tickets is to online queue beginning at 6am. Option 3 is to queue in person late afternoon.

After checking in, I asked Erick, the concierge, if there was any other way to get the tickets other than the online queue or the afternoon line. He told me that he was off the next day but as he was getting up early, he would join the online queue for me and get me a ticket. As I was telling him this was kind but not necessary, he remembered that he might have requested tickets from the ballot, which he had! Erick even gave me an extra ticket and asked for to give the ticket to anyone who was waiting. He was so generous with me and I very much appreciated with his time and his effort and I hope that he had a wonderful day off! So, Big thanks to Erick, and the front desk at the Marriott Metro Plaza for making my stay so comfortable.

2 views0 comments

About Us


Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


Join Our Mailing List

Message Board

As we are all not traveling much, now would be a great time to share favourite travel, wellness, and food stories. We would love to include your best tales on this blog. If you would like to collaborate, please email us here at

Around this time each year, we would create a recap of all our best adventures from the year just passed. As this is 2021, and there were no adventures in 2020, here is a short video montage of all the things we did while we were not doing anything at all.