Ghost Signs in North America

A large part of my travels includes a serious fascination with ghost signs - old painted advertising on exterior walls.  Many are in reasonably good shape, and others can barely be read.  Sometimes they have been painted over multiple times.  Others, like the Dennison Hotel above, no longer exist.  The hotel survived for 125 years,... Continue Reading →

A Year of Travel 2018 Review

  January 2018 January 2018 begins as it always does, with travel to Florida, bracketed by stops in Kentucky or Tennessee.  This year, I stopped in Nashville on the way south, and Knoxville on the way north. I visited the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, TN,  Andrew Jackson's Hermitage, and the Stones River National Battlefield.  Another... Continue Reading →

Cemetery Tourism

I have always been fascinated by a cemetery. There is a huge one near where I live, which dates to about one hundred years ago.  Many graves were moved here, and at the time it was considered so far out in the country it would last forever.  They estimate it will last another hundred years,... Continue Reading →

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Very rarely do I make a trip that isn't planned months in advance.  Although I don't have a full schedule when I travel, I usually have the dates, methods of transportation and hotel reservations firmly in place.  On short notice, I booked a flight to Halifax.  Peggy's Cove is thirty minutes away. The Ford Taurus I... Continue Reading →

Symmetry in Architecture & Design

Symmetry in Architecture & Design I'm not one prone to haunt beaches.  I did spend a few days on Ambergris Caye in Belize a few years ago, but that's about the extent of my tropical vacations.  My visit to Puerto Rico was mostly limited to San Juan and a few outlying areas, including El Yunque... Continue Reading →

A Year of Travel 2017 Review

  The Year in Review - 2017 It was a long winter in Florida.  The temperature was hot, which is expected, but after eight years of spending winter in the same location, I was seriously bored.  Adding to that was America's abrupt turn to the right with the election of Trump.  After an internal review,... Continue Reading →

North Shore Lake Superior

Very early in 2017, I learned about the Thunder Bay Blues Fest.  The event features 100% Canadian talent, so I booked a VIP pass and began making plans.  Held during the first weekend of July, I made this into a road trip, planning to do a circle tour of Lake Superior.  Two days driving, but... Continue Reading →

Four Days in York, UK

York, UK I just can't resist a seat sale. Early in 2016, Iceland Air had a seat sale to London.  I waffled over this for some time, and left it up on my screen.  $650 was a good price for a flight from YYZ - LGW, including a stopover in KEF on my return.  Finally,... Continue Reading →

Day Trip to Sheffield, UK

September of 2016, I spent three wonderful weeks in England.  I arrived at Gatwick Airport, hopped a train to St Pancras International Station, crossed the street to King's Cross, and boarded another train north.  My visit included York, Lincoln, Sheffield, London, Stratford and Bath. I was staying in Lincoln for a few days, and one... Continue Reading →

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