Tasha Olsen

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К слову об Атии

Сериал “Рим”.  Роскошная Атия (мать Цезаря Октавиана), юная Ливия (жена Цезаря Октавиана) и нежная Октавия (старшая сестра Цезаря Октавиана).  Триумвират.  Правда, эти дамы между собой не очень-то ладили.


Atia Balba Caesonia  https://youtu.be/5aPlIlw-5hM

Атия.  Малышу 3 месяца.

А это мы сегодня!

Нам 6 лет!



С днем рождения, красавица!

Меня часто спрашивают: “А почему Атия?  Какая странная кличка для собаки?”

Понятно, что немецкая овчарка традиционно должна получить немецкое имя: Магда, Хильда или Гретхен.

А мы пошли по пути “цезарей” и назвали собаку Атия.

Атия Бальба Цезония (85 до н.э. -43 до н.э.) была племянницей Юлия Цезаря и матерью императора Октавиана Цезаря.  Посмотрите сериал “Рим” на досуге.  Уверена – вы поймете, почему мы  решили выбрать это имя.  Кстати, для мальчиков-овчарок кличка Цезарь весьма распространена.  Кто же не знает Цезаря?!  А вот как звали его матушку…  А дама она была ой какая непростая. В сериале “Рим” ей приписали любовную интригу с Марком Антонием.  Это тот самый римский полководец, которого очаровала египтянка Клеопатра.  Летописные источники  не упоминают о любви Атии к Антонию, но, видимо, режиссер и сценарист сериала попали под магию очарования племянницы Цезаря.  В любовном поединке с невероятно надменной аристократкой (дочь патриция!) римлянкой Атией, царица Клеопатра как-то не потянула на “вечный” символ  красоты и мудрости, увы!

Вообще, история древнего Рима – это не только бои гладиаторов в Колизее и восстание Спартака.  Это еще и женщины-римлянки.  Одна Ливия (вторая жена Октавиана) чего стоит!  Ее называли “королева-отравительница”.  По одной из исторических версий, расчищая дорогу к трону своему сыну от первого брака – Тиберию – она отравила самого Октавиана Цезаря, своего мужа, послу 30 лет совместной жизни, введя яд в финики, растущие на дереве.  Октавиан приказал отведывать все блюда, подававшиеся к его столу, но предупредить о фруктах на деревьях не позаботился.  Тиберий унаследовал трон.  Он построил роскошный дворец на острове Капри, и до сих пор туристы фотографируют руины этого дворца и посещают Голубой Грот, который тоже был обнаружен во времена Тиберия почти 2 тысячи лет тому назад.



I am an experience traveler and before visiting Maui I have never thought that restaurants reviews may be so helpful (again, our savior – “Maui Revealed Guide Book”, p. 265 and up).

I believed that each of our meals on the island will be a tropical feast (like we had in Mexico). I was wrong. To find in Maui a place where you will find all together: reasonable price + pleasant and elegant atmosphere + tasty food = is impossible. To chase after a place which wisely combines all of those aspects is the same as to chase elusive Fidel Castro at the time of revolution on Cuba.

Restaurants in Wailea 5-star resorts are elegant but their prices are not just expensive, they are obscene. “So, what?” you may say. Let’s stop at a “normal” local place to eat. It sounds like an alternative. But the local places WE ate, looked as they hadn’t been updated since the 60’s. Even if the food was OK, the atmosphere was dull: plain, boring décor and poor service. Within 2 weeks of vacation we didn’t find a single place we would love to come back to.
The famous Hawaiian Luau, which we found available, was overpriced and bad buffet food.

According to statistics, last year about 7 million tourists visited the Hawaii islands. With such heavy tourist traffic I don’t think we will see any improvement in the food industry. But, hey, we didn’t die from starvation after all!
I want to finish my “travel log” on a positive note with a few nice words about Alaska Airlines. We had a direct flight from Oakland airport (California) to Maui. It was my first experience with Alaska Airlines and I liked it.
For the last 10 years I had to deal with questionable service from Delta and United. Most of the time I used them for international flights. What can I say? Unfortunately, if you travel in economy class, the stewardesses of Delta and United Air don’t even try to hide their disgust to the passengers. They are so in a rush to finish their “service” in the air that they literally scattered the drinks and snacks straight into the face of travelers.

The Alaska Airlines crew met us with smiles! I could not believe my eyes. Maybe I was travelling in the Twilight Zone? Smiling stewardess is as rare today as a mysterious unicorn. We had very pleasant trips both ways. Service was friendly and snacks were adequate. Our luggage was not lost and we landed on time. Bravo, Alaska Airlines!

I hope my tips will help you. I don’t want to discourage you from visiting Maui either. Maui is worth seeing, that’s for sure!


If you want to share your Maui experience, please be my guest! After all, any opinion may be subjective (especially about food preferences), but it’s worth sharing. Don’t you agree?

Wailea is a well-known resort area, located on the south-west of Maui.

Fairmont Kea Lami.  It’s a beautiful hotel, but some noisy construction across the road from the main entrance distracted from the experience. I don’t envy those hotel’s guests who reserved rooms facing the outside area of the resort.


Four Seasons Hotel


Waldorf Astoria Hotel.  It’s famous for the Spa Grande. In the list of “10 Best Spas of Maui” it takes 5th place.


Andaz Hotel


All beaches in Maui are public. If you want to use any resort’s beach you may do it, nobody will stop you. You will be asked not to use the swimming pool and do not occupy the chairs under the tents. Just remember, none of Wailea resorts have complimentary parking. We found Ulua beach next door to Andaz with free parking and small public bathroom where you may change clothes. If you want to use Andaz’ beach and the hotel’s restaurant as an option you may leave a car at Ulua parking lot and walk to Andaz, it’s close, 5-minute walk.

Now, a few words about Spas. I love Spas and try not to miss any opportunity to visit them during my trips not only in the United States but in Europe, Asia and Mexico.

There are 10 Five Star Spas (prideofmaui.com).
If you are a Spa lover, there are 3 of them (in Wailea) I found worth visiting. I gave # 1 rating to Montage Spa and # 2 to Ritz-Carlton in Kapalua Bay.

3550 Alanui Dr., Wailea

Friendly service. The ladies at the reception are attentive and passionate about guiding you. The Spa is clean and quiet with an Adult Pool (for adults only). They have a fantastic Body Wrap treatment: “Dry brush exfoliation is followed by a seasonal mask gently massaged into skin. Your body is then wrapped in local Maui Ti Leaves and fully cocooned in a heated blanket to detoxify and purify skin tissues” ($185.00 for 60 minutes and $265.00 for 90 minutes).

The following Spas WILL NOT ALLOW you – as a Spa guest – to use their resorts’ swimming pools. I was informed by Willow Spa, Al Fresco Spa and Spa Grande that their swimming pools are for hotel guests only. How strange. I am going to pay as a minimum of $200.00 (plus tax and gratitude) per person for treatment (multiply for 2, me and my husband). My total easily will come up to $600.00 per visit, and we are still not worth of using the resort swimming pool? It sounds odd: you are a “Spa guest”, you are Not the “Hotel guest”?

Here are the Spas with nice menus and with no swimming pools for a “Spa guest”.

4100 Alanui Dr., Wailea

I came there early and had a chance to take pictures; I felt like a secret agent 007. The Spa is very small, very clean and very private. It has a fantastic Vichy Shower treatment and Avocado Wrap, beneficial for dry, sun-exposes skin.



3900 Alanui Dr., Wailea

The Hotel has a Beautiful Serenity Pool. Its picture welcomes you on the front Spa page. The Serenity Pool does look nice. But… it is not for the Spa guests who are not also hotel guests, as I mentioned earlier. Rather confusing, isn’t it? Spa Al Fresco has the best varieties of treatments, including nice packages with massage, body wrap and hot stone face massage. This is the only reason I included it in my list: wide variety of healing massages, body and facial treatments. To get to its menu through the hotel website, however, is rather challenging, and it does not give you the detailed description of the treatments.

3850 Wailea Alanui Dr., Wailea

We decided against it because it looked like the busiest Spa in Maui.

The lady at the reception was nice and helpful. The foyer – see for yourself – huge with marble and crystal chandeliers. It is not permitted to have a Spa tour prior to reservation. Besides, I read a lot of negative reviews about this place. The main guests’ complaint was the time limit of only 1 hour for using the Spa facilities. Hmm… it may be fun to use the Terme Hydrotherapy Circuit and cascading waterfalls, Japanese bath and Roman whirlpool, but to get rushed in a Spa?! No, thanks. If I am not able to relax, then why bother visiting a Spa after all?

If you are a cat lover, this article is for you.

Before coming to Maui, I looked for interesting places to visit, and I found a website for a Cat Sanctuary located on Lanai. In 2004 Kathy Carroll organized the cats’ shelter on the island. I was intrigued and interested; I had a desire to see the founder of Cat Sanctuary and, of course, I wanted to get acquainted with her rescued pets.

It’s an open-air sanctuary. Spayed and neutered cats are NOT locked in cages. Lanai’s climate is mild and it allows kitties to enjoy the freedom of living outside of the cages, but at the same time, the sanctuary (25,000 square-foot playground) is safely fenced.


There are over 600 cats in the shelter.



How may cats do you see in this picture?

Tip: bring some cat treats. They will follow you everywhere!

This cat was diagnosed with cancer. The veterinarians saved him. Three years ago, his ears had to be amputated, but the cat feels good after the surgery. He is very friendly. He is not afraid of people any more.

When I saw this Beauty, I almost heard him saying to me “Do I know you?” with the voice of Antonio Banderas: doesn’t he remind you of the Cat in Boots from the Shrek movie?

Not another step! I’m not a putty-tat. I’m wild and dangerous!

I am pleasantly plump, cute and irresistible! Don’t dare calling me fat!

Many visitors agree to join the program “Adopt Me”. The cat stays at the Sanctuary and receives a monthly donation of $20.00 from his/her foster parents. It’s enough for food and litter. One visit to McDonald’s costs more money today! Adopt these adorable kitties!

This Sanctuary also helps to protect native birds, Hawaiian Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Hawaiian Coot. Last year 1,300 tourists visited Cat Sanctuary. This place keeps functioning only because of peoples’ generosity. I want to mention that Lanai’s owner – Mr. Larry Ellison – supported the founders’ effort to save homeless cats and protect native birds. I was told by the Sanctuary’s “caregivers” that Four Seasons’ guests also make generous donations. Isn’t it wonderful?

Tip: you don’t need to rent a car for the ride to Cat Sanctuary. It’s much easier and less expensive to call Lanai personalized taxi; for more information please go to Sanctuary’s website www.LanaiCatSanctuary.org
If you get a personalized taxi, a portion of your metered fare will be donated to the cats. We were lucky, the Sanctuary’s volunteer got a day off and we had an opportunity to talk with the Cat Sanctuary manager – Mike. He picked us up from the Ferry. After visiting Sanctuary Mike took us to Lanai town and then to Four Seasons.

This is a T-shirt I bought at the Sanctuary for $20.00. If you are looking for a souvenir for another cat lover you will not find a better gift!


(My German Shepherd Attia is used to be around cats)

If you are interested to learn more, you may find the video with Kathy Carroll here: www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/cat-sanctuary

Cat Sanctuary website:



Cat lovers! If some day you come to Maui or Lanai, visit this place.

You will not regret. It’s a Cat Lover’s Paradise.


Lanai is a private island, very quiet and isolated. It was known for its pineapple plantations. In 2012 a financial magnate Mr. Larry Ellison purchased it for just… $300 million dollars. By his initiative the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel has been built; exhausted travelers are promised comfort and privacy, delight their senses and soothe their bodies.

If you are ready to be pampered by the solitude atmosphere of Lanai, Four Seasons will kindly open its gates for their dearest guest to immerse themselves in the true Hawaiian experience for only… $ 1,800 per night. By the way I’ve heard a joke about Lanai and found it… too close to be true to be funny: “Do you know that ‘Lanai’ in local Hawaiian language means ‘it costs how much’?!”

Also, visitors may stay at Hotel Lanai. It is small and not as elegant as the Four Seasons, but if you compare the prices you will be pleasantly surprised; it’s reasonable. Hotel Lanai will charge you only $ 200 per night.


Lanai is an amazingly quiet place. Birds are singing. Clean and empty beaches. No crowds, no loud music. The population of the island is approximately 1,500 people. Everybody knows each other. If you come to the island and try to stay without making a hotel reservation, the police will remind you that Lanai is a private island and ask you politely to leave.



In “Down Town” – Lanai city – we had a snack in a charming café. We were asked to pay with either cash or check. Back in time?! I don’t recall many places where the café’s owners will accept private checks!

Here you can visit a very nice art gallery and eat in the park. Pine trees amazed me by their heights.

There is a great public beach available for everyone. As soon as you get off Ferry you follow the road to the left. After 10-minute walk you’ll be at the beach. The beach has a nice, clean bathroom you may change if you need.

And now the time has come to talk about Lanai’s most interesting and unique destination – Cat Sanctuary!

If you are not planning to spend much time in your hotel room, why overpay?
Royal Kahana Condominium (north-west coast of Maui).


Yes, it is NOT a 5-star Hotel, no doubt about it, but it fit our needs and budget. We hardly spent any time in the room. We had a cup of tea in the morning and left only to come back after 8 p.m.

TIP: If you decide to rent a condo I would recommend you mainly to pay attention to the reviews for the following aspect: was the condo’s description truthful? Did the guests find everything they had been promised in the advisement?

We stayed in room #1003 and – in general – we got what we were promised. Ocean view from lanai (a little balcony). As I understood, all condos are ocean-front units. The suites, however, face both the parking lot and the ocean because of their floor plan.

Free parking. We didn’t have any problem with parking, but again, end of April is a low season, maybe that is why there was always a spot available?


On the first day we arrived at the condo around 2 p.m. The key is not available prior to 4 p.m. (it’s mentioned at the time of reservation). We had plenty of time to walk and drive around to explore the area. We found that it would take us only 5 minutes to get to Kapalua Bay and 10 minutes to get to the old town of Lahaina by car.

The condo is good for the budget minded travelers, very quiet, but small. Comfortable bed, nice shower, clean kitchenette. The ceiling definitely needed a touch of new paint. I noticed cob-webs in the closet with the washing machine/dryer. It made me feel a little bit worried and uncomfortable because spiders are not my favorite pets. Check out is 11 a.m., and two minutes to eleven a custodian, armed with brooms and vacuum cleaner, knocked at the door. Be prepared to leave on time!

The condo does not have its own beach, we used the Montage Hotel beach. When we returned home I read that in 2004 somewhere around one of the Lahaina beaches a surfer… had been attacked by a shark. Scary.

Close-by, Napili Market was helpful. Usually, we came back too late to look for a restaurant around or we had our dinner on the way home.

Boss Frog’s Snorkeling tours, you will see their ads everywhere.
We made a reservation for snorkeling tour to Lanai, but the day before we were informed it was cancelled due to “not enough people”. Not very good customer service in my opinion. I never feel comfortable when a company declares straight into my face that I am nothing but a dollar sign. I am pretty sure that in high season they have full tours, and there was no need to spoil our day by canceling our excursion.

Lahaina Town is an old town.

“Lahaina” means “cruel sun”. According to one of the legends, many years ago a tribal chief became so furious that he killed all his priests. I didn’t understand why the priests inspired such a rage in the chief. In other interpretations of the legend the hot son was blamed for the chief’s insanity.

To our knowledge, Maui receives more direct sunlight because of its 20-degree latitude, and it may be “cruel”. The afternoon sun is bright and intense. It burns mercilessly and some days the air may be so humid and dense that it seemed it can be cut into slices by a knife.

The town center has a nice park and harbor, a lot of shops and cafés.


Parking may be a huge challenge. TIP! There is a small free parking between Dickenson Street and Luakini Street. We used it when we took our trip to Lanai. It’s allowed to leave a car for the whole day, which is great, because all the streets inside of Lahaina town will only permit 3-hour parking. And don’t rely on police mercy! You will get a ticket.
Besides all of the shopping, Lahaina town’s main tourists’ attraction – Banyan Tree. The park has only one tree, although it looks like that there are many of them.


Another tourists’ attraction – historic Pioneer Inn. It was constructed by the order of a rich plantation owner, Mr. Alan Freeland, in 1901. For years this hotel was the only place on the island where the tired travelers could get a clean room, decent breakfast and a newspaper (yes, prior to Internet era people had a weird habit to read newspapers).


Hotel is close to the harbor.  It’s convenient for those tourists who are planning to go to the island of Lanai but not sure if they have enough time to catch a Passenger Ferry: what if  your plane gets late?  The Cruises’ guests  find Pioneer Inn the best place to stay overnight.

Our next destination is the island of Lanai. It is very easy to get there by the Passenger Ferry, but you will need to make a reservation (free number 808-661-3756). Remember, you are going to visit a private island! The cost of the ticket (round trip) is $60.00. It will take approximately 45 minutes to travel there.



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