Newport was the epitome of this unbelievable excess, aptly dubbed Conspicuous Consumption.
In an effort to one-up each other with their “summer cottages” iconic American families of railroad, mining and steel fortunes, threw lavish parties for their pets, had notorious… CONTINUE READING >>
I didn’t even realize it until I woke up in a champagne haze, with the TV still blaring on our wedding night.
I knew the Fates had conspired when I half-opened one eye and saw there on the news… CONTINUE READING >>
If there is one food that screams New York from the top of the Empire State Building, it has got to be pizza.
How did this happen? We didn’t know, but we do now!… CONTINUE READING >>
Like kids left alone who’ve formed a tree house club, the people of the Upper Peninsula have developed a domain unto themselves, even a secret language all their own.
A conversation about a moose walking through town would sound something like this:
“Just seen a snow cow at da stop-and-go light.”
“Yah, Hey… CONTINUE READING >>
Pure dumb luck brought us in from the north where we discovered Jedediah Smith State Park — and boy are we glad… CONTINUE READING >>
What can we say? “The towels were nice and the TV worked.” Not exactly a captivating story.
But sometimes the accommodations are the story, as is the case with the Library Hotel in New York City.
From the moment we checked in… CONTINUE READING >>
Cedar Key sits just off the coast in the northwest corner of the Gulf of Mexico, clear across the state from the well-known chain of islands down south.
The locals like to call it the “Island That Time Forgot,” and… CONTINUE READING >>
Waves crashing against the craggy coast, mist drifting up mountains that rise abruptly from the sea, bridges impossibly clinging to cliffs…
A perfect day trip ending with elephant seals… CONTINUE READING >>
Steaming out of Long Beach Harbor past The Queen Mary, we were intrepid sailors in our air-conditioned, high-speed ferry complete with snack bar, lounge and cinematic classic on the big screen.
Arrrgh, the briny deep, matey.
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We felt it all around us, inch for inch this must be the most historic ground in America…. CONTINUE READING >>
We were in a city like no other in America.
Or anywhere else for that matter.
We mounted our trusty wheeled steeds and headed out for a day of awe inspiring monuments and memorials. And we got to bust a few myths as well… CONTINUE READING >>
From the bright shopping area around the gates, to the amazing, massive main hall almost one hundred feet high, the station left our left our jaws dropping.
The thirty-six… CONTINUE READING >>
The train is the perfect transportation choice for our endeavor, since we will arrive right in the heart of each city at some of the country’s most… CONTINUE READING >>
However, we were horrified to see that tourist trap economics trumped ugly, historical facts in Salem.
There are plenty of wonderful historical sites in the beautiful seaside town, including the famous… CONTINUE READING >>
A sky-scraping Abe Lincoln, a Paul Bunyan the size of a small office building, a life-sized brontosaurus or a fish that could swallow an airliner — all have great power to inspire, or at least attract… CONTINUE READING >>
In a clever ploy to get us to visit, Veronica’s dad dropped a little “have you ever heard of The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” on us early in in March.
How could we possibly resist an invitation like that? … CONTINUE READING >>
A whole museum dedicated to a canned meat? Our wondering eyes had to see, we never pass up a cheesy tourist diversion.
Passing by the bronze pigs being led to slaughter, through the front doors, we were greeted by three thousand Spam cans stacked in a stunning display in the lobby.
This museum is no… CONTINUE READING >>
We took the rural route and learned about the wonderful goings-on in Cajun Country – what they call the REAL Mardi Gras!
Courir de Mardi Gras involves costumed men dancing on horseback, begging, and chicken chasing!
La Grande Boucherie des Cajuns A tradition older than Mardi Gras, is a communal hog butcher and meat fest.
Fais do-do See what Cajuns do once the kids go to bed… CONTINUE READING >>
Chicken chasing, colorful costumes and dancing on horseback? It’s Courir de Mardi Gras in Church Point! You’ve gotta watch the video to believe it…it’s, well, just watch… CONTINUE READING >>