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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


San Miguel de Allende is a picturesque small city located in the green highland state of Guanajuato, and although there are no beaches here like so many popular spots in Mexico, the city has an unmistakeable allure that has captured the hearts of many that have made the trek into the mountains roughly 275 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. Today, ... Read More »

The 150th Anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference


This year Prince Edward Island, Canada, celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. Why is this event a big deal? In 1864 this was the conference that began the talks for a union of the Maritimes. What actually took place was something much bigger than what anyone had expected. This conference turned out to be known in Canada’s history ... Read More »

Callaway Gardens, what a great place to get away!


During a recent work assignment to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, I decided to take a few hours to explore the nearby Callaway Gardens.  I expected a few walking trails and some nice local flora but I was unprepared to be impressed and inspired. The Gardens were established in 1952 by Carson and Virginia Callaway who understood the importance ... Read More »

Candlestick Park


Candlestick Park is closing for good, 49ers are moving to Santa Clara. What are your memories of the ‘Stick? Built in 1960 for the San Francisco Giants, Candlestick Park was considered to be the first modern baseball stadium as it was built entirely of concrete. In 1971, the 49ers moved in. I’m not a sports fan but I was invited ... Read More »

You Expect Me to Eat HOW Many Courses?!


Everyone has their own definition of what “fine dining” is. Some consider white tablecloth and candlelight-adorned tables with white-clad servers to be typical of a fine dining establishment. Others think it’s all about the food; from the artistic presentation and use of garnish to the number of courses offered and the portion size. But opinions aside, they are all correct. ... Read More »

Destination Fairbanks, Alaska


North to Alaska as the saying goes. More specific, let’s visit Fairbanks. Land of extremes – coldest temperature recorded was negative 66 (brrrrrrrr) and warmest was 99 degrees. Or, did you know, the longest day in Fairbanks is 21 hours 49 minutes and the shortest day each year is 3 hours 43 minutes. Visitors to the Golden Heart city are ... Read More »

Museum of World Treasures


One of my favorite museums is located in Wichita, Kansas. The Museum of World Treasures was founded in 2001 by Dr. Jon and Lorna Kardatzke and moved to its current location in the Old Town area a couple years later. The museum has unique and rare exhibits that truly do span the World. The museum also covers the largest time ... Read More »

Dayton National Cemetery

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The Dayton National Cemetery, located on the western side of Dayton, Ohio, is a place of interment for veterans of the United States military. Established in 1867 to provide for veterans of the Union Army and Navy in the Civil War, the facility today includes 98 acres and has the graves of more than 44,000 veterans and their spouses. It ... Read More »

The Linq & High Roller


Caesars entertainment out did themselves with the new Linq. It is located right across from Caesars Palace and between Flamingo and The Quad (Formerly Imperial Palace). The Linq has only been open for a few months and it is the most popular area in Vegas right now. It has many inviting outlets, restaurants, bars, and casinos leading guests to the ... Read More »

Boston Museum of Fine Arts

MFA Rotunda

There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do (sounds like lyrics to a song). Truer words were never written about visiting Boston. But, making it easier to fit in the things you want are late night hours (open until 9:45 p.m. on Fridays) at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA). I visit the ... Read More »