Tag Archives: cheesy tourist diversions
A Peace of Olso, Norway
As unfamiliar visitors making our first trip to Oslo, Norway, we didn’t know what we were in for.

Chase us around Oslo as we visit the Nobel Peace Center, get schooled in Olympic ski jumping, have cocktails in a bar completely made of ice (including the glasses), explore Viking burial ships, have a scream with Edvard Munch and eat, ahem, rotted fish… CONTINUE READING >>

We Found a Dollop of Denmark in California
Take Native and Spanish influences, intermix with ingredients from across the Pacific, add a dash of good old American cowboy western and…Eureka!, it’s California.

Diversity aside, we never expected to stumble upon a big dollop of Denmark right in the middle of Santa Barbara County. Eureka!, it’s Solvang.

Here’s the scoop: A few Danish teachers got sick… CONTINUE READING >>

Shear Madness: Fall Festivals of the Catskills
When autumn arrives in the Catskills, there’s a good bet a party is happening nearby. 

The explosion of color on the mountainsides brings in folks from far and wide, so putting on a festival is a natural thing to do.

Visit the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, a Sheep and Wool Festival and, because it’s October, or shall we say Oktober… CONTINUE READING >>

Ten Things You Don’t Know About New York City – Even If You Live There!
Your GypsyNesters found the wild, weird and wonderful not-so-known sights, sounds and flavors of The Big Apple!

Even if you are a New Yorker -  we bet you don’t know most of these!.. CONTINUE READING >>

The "Cottages" of Newport, Rhode island
It was called the Gilded Age, a time when robber barons built excessive tributes to their self-proclaimed awesomeness.

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 >>

Bling Me Back to Graceland, Home of the King
We were married on Elvis’ birthday. Hold on there big fellah, it was just a coincidence. 

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 >>

A Slice of New York City: An Iconic Pizza Tour
Could there be a single food that is quintessentially New York City? 

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 >>

U.P. and Over Big Mac – Loving Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is the red-headed stepchild of the Great Lakes region.

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.”

The Best and the Würst of Passau, Germany
The German city of Passau had plenty of interesting attributes to explore, but it shall be forever etched in David’s memory as The Home of The Half-Meter Würst.

In his mind, the best würst ever!

But before we dig too deep into his obsession with this supreme sausage, let’s take a look at the city from whence it came… CONTINUE READING >>

Getting Centered at the Equator in Ecuador (or Our Journey to the Center of the Earth)

Just outside of Quito, Ecuador lies the exact midway point between the North and South poles and, being of reasonably sound minds, we had to see it.

Seriously, when do you get the chance to stand on  Latitude 00° 00′ 00”?

We did some wacky things there, but only one of us got a certificate for the wackiest thing of all… CONTINUE READING >>

Florence on the Fly
Widely heralded as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Firenza is the center of Italy’s art universe, and home to many of the world’s greatest masterpieces.

Florence has treasures that could take days, weeks, months, years, or perhaps a lifetime to fully exploreCONTINUE READING >>

Picture This: Fabulous Food Signs of Osaka’s Dotonbori

The competition for most eye-catching advertising is nearly as much of a draw as the food in Osaka, Japan’s Dotonbori District.

When the crab restaurant Kani Doraku erected their giant mechanized crab sign back in 1960 they kicked off quite a craze of giant animated… CONTINUE READING >>

Which Witch is Which? A True Salem Story

We fully admit we were drawn to Salem by its sordid past.

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 >>

The Ancient Mayan Ruins at Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is not the kind of place that even the most wandering GypsyNesting-type will stumble upon by accident. It’s not on the way to anywhere.

But since we found ourselves on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, what’s known as the Riviera Maya, we hopped on a bus to the ancient Mayan site.

We wanted to enjoy both a … CONTINUE READING >>

The Fiberglass Menagerie – the Mecca of Roadside Ginormous Stuff
Ever wonder where they came from? So did we! 

Nothing lifts the spirits while traveling through America quite like the sight of a fiberglass colossus looming in the distance. On a summertime roadtrip, through the shimmering heat from the highway, a form begins to take shape…

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 >>

A Quirky Slice of Pisa
We’re not sure if we have ever heard the word Pisa without “leaning tower” in front of it.

There is good reason for that, the gravity defying belfry is certainly the star of the show.

And we’re not even going to try to hide the fact that we took several obligatory “holding up the tower” photos.

Starting out with the classic two-handed (with the addition of Veronica bracing for the fall for extra style points)… CONTINUE READING >>

Canned Hammin’ it up at The Spam Museum!

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 >> 

10 Not-So-Healthy Benefits of Walking

Live longer, feel better and perhaps even keep your original knees and hips… blah, blah, blah. We’ve all heard the healthy reasons we should get off our rumps and out in the world.

In case your joints aren’t that important to you, here are some not-so-healthy rewards that might inspire you to take that first step.

Your GypsyNesters are glad to share some of the reasons that walking is such a substantial part our lives (in the ever popular Top Ten List form)… CONTINUE READING >>

What the H? (!) Photo Gallery

Can this stuff actually be REAL?

Every once in a while we are stopped in our tracks. Rendered speechless. Taken unaware. Dumbfounded. Gobsmacked.

Check out these things we’ve seen along the way that made us say “What the H? (!) …CONTINUE READING >>

Exploiting Central Newfoundland
Let’s check out Central Newfoundland!

Take a rip-roarin’ ride down the Exploits River with us (trust us, that’s not the strangest name we saw!), meet the Beothuk People, enjoy a lobster picnic, and find out more about the fishing culture of this wonderful land… CONTINUE READING >>

The 10 Best (Worst?) (Inappropriate?) Pope Souvenirs in Italy
It started with a bobblehead. From there our obsession grew.

Our most recent trip to Italy included a stop in Rome where we had a day planned to take in the Eternal City’s most treasured sites. And we spent way too much time distracted by the somewhat odd souvenir tributes to the new Pope… CONTINUE READING >>

Burger Travel: The Hamburger Festival of Akron, Ohio
Nothing says all-American like a summer food festival in the Heartland, and hamburgers are as American as it gets.

The Menches family of Akron, Ohio claims the invention of the burger, so naturally the Hamburger Festival is celebrated annually in… CONTINUE READING >> 

Jumbo + Floating + Hong Kong = GypsyNester Heaven
Since 1976 one of Hong Kong’s top tourist attractions has been Jumbo Kingdom, a floating restaurant.

Wait, floating? Yes, it is moored in the middle of Aberdeen Harbour. Imagine our excitement when we learned that we could combine two of our favorite things… CONTINUE READING >> 

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