sightseeing

Martin Luther King and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials

November 6, 2011

I was born (in the USA…) and raised in the Washington, DC area and I love to return to visit. On this trip east we have one day in DC and decide to walk along the Tidal Basin, through the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, to the new Martin Luther King Memorial. The Tidal Basin is […]

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Butte, Montana

August 20, 2011

In its heyday, from the late 19th century to about 1920, Butte was one of the largest and most notorious copper boomtowns in the West, with a maze of over 10,000 miles of mines beneath it’s surface. As was common in the early wild west, Butte was home to hundreds of saloons and a famous […]

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Historic Wallace, Idaho

August 17, 2011

After a surprisingly good nights sleep in our CRV camper we resume the drive east. Driving along Interstate 90, about 45 minutes past Coeur D’Alene, we decide to check out historic Wallace, Idaho. What a delightful surprise. The entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and whole blocks in the business […]

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New York City

July 20, 2011

Ice pops made from anything brewed: tea, root beer, espresso; markets galore – artisan, farmers, flea, antique; and exploring Brooklyn… here are some fun tips on the big Apple. New York’s New Frozen Treats “I HAD never been so grateful to see a banana. Peeled and skewered, just plucked from the freezer, it was nearly smoking […]

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Astoria, Oregon

March 27, 2011

Sunday morning… hot tea, New York Times… good article in the travel section on the waterfront town of Astoria, Oregon. Good tips on dining, lodging, and things to do. Enjoy the read and maybe a visit sometime. Astoria, Oregon, Discovers a Waterfront Chic

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Eugene, Oregon

March 10, 2011

After a few hours in the car, the crisp cool wind that greets us as we walk to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is welcome. Eugene, Oregon is home to the University of Oregon and the museum is on the sprawling 295 acre campus. Many of the University’s buildings are planned around several major […]

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Portland, Oregon for Thanksgiving

December 8, 2010

Thanksgiving in Portland – what a great idea. Jay, his mom and I drive down while Jay’s brother and his family fly up. Time to relax, visit, and play for a few days in a friendly, welcoming city. We all stay at the Hotel Vintage Plaza and take advantage of one of their AAA packages […]

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Springtime in Kyoto, Japan

November 17, 2010

April 2007 found us in Tokyo and Kyoto for 10 days… I tagged along on a business trip of Jay’s. Here are some notes and impressions I jotted down at the time… this blog covers Kyoto. Springtime in Kyoto… showers of cherry blossoms. There is a happiness, a festive feeling associated with the blossoms as […]

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Osoyoos, British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley

October 14, 2010

We are off to the Okanagan Valley. Driving through the North Cascades National Park on Route 20 in Washington State is a treat in the fall. This is Jays first time, so I drive to give him ample opportunity to take in everything. Near the summit we round a curve just as two bear cubs scurry over […]

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Notes from our travels to Tokyo

June 23, 2010

April 2007 found us in Tokyo and Kyoto for 10 days… I tagged along on a business trip of Jay’s. Here are some notes and impressions I jotted down at the time… this blog covers Tokyo… Kyoto will follow. Arriving in a foreign land is surreal. We board a plane that climbs to 35,000 feet, […]

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Yokohama, Japan, with kids

June 19, 2010

Last night an email came in from our sister-in-law, Janet. She and the kids (our nieces – ages 13 & 11) are traveling in Asia with Andy on a business trip. Happy Father’s Day Andy! Hello Jay and Sue, We are having a great time in Yokohama. We were fortunate enough to get upgraded from […]

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What He Thought — A poem by Heather McHugh

April 29, 2010

I remember walking through Campo dei Fiori, a lovely piazza near Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.  That was in 1976. And I remember Ettore Ferrari’s dramatic statue representing Giordano Bruno, facing the Vatican.  The statue placed in the spot where Bruno was burned at the stake by the church, for his heretical writings on Heliocentrism – […]

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Queenstown, NZ

April 17, 2010

We arrive in Queenstown in the evening about 7 hours after leaving Dunedin. The Taieri Gorge train takes us part of the way and then a bus completes the trip. Our niece, Jaime, is in Queenstown visiting from Maryland and we are very excited to see her, so we quickly settle in our hotel and […]

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Dunedin, NZ

March 28, 2010

Our first stop on the 226 mile drive from Christchurch to Dunedin is Oamaru. An historic seaport town nestled on the South Island’s east coast. While Oamaru’s early wealth was founded on gold, it was agriculture that provided the driving force for a thriving commercial port and harbor area. Although commercial usage has steadily declined over […]

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