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 →

Travel Review 2016

2016 was not a great year for travel.  Due to circumstances out of my control, I was unable to spend my usual winter at my condo in Florida.  I was in Canada from October until April 1st, when I went to Florida for one week. Eartha Kitty stayed home for this trip.  I took I75... Continue Reading →

Warren Pennsylvania Weekend

Every quarter, IHG Rewards has a special called PointBreaks.  Hotels across the world are available for booking at five thousand points nightly.  I've taken advantage of this many times.  Sometimes the hotels are inconveniently located, sometimes they have just been renovated, at other times the hotel is about to be reflagged. My recent stay was... Continue Reading →

Hastings Street, Vancouver

Five years ago I spent a decent week in Vancouver.  A slight chill in the air, most days were a combination of rain and sun.  I stayed at the Empire Landmark Hotel, a huge place (a former Sheraton, I believe), with breakfast served in the revolving restaurant on top.  There was a lot to see... Continue Reading →

San Francisco Hotel Signs

San Francisco has done a wonderful job preserving heritage signs. Many of the hotels shown below no longer take bookings, or are even hotels.  At least one is an active hostel, and many now fall under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Homeless Resource. The Columbia Hotel now operates as the Orange Village Hostel.  Short... Continue Reading →

Puerto Rico 2010

Way back in 2010, I happened to stumble upon a great deal to Puerto Rico.  I was living in Sarasota, Florida at the time.  The trip was for a four day weekend, included return flight, hotel, and a car rental for $500.00.  I couldn't resist. The flight was uneventful.  I arrived at the airport and... Continue Reading →

Passport Story

It's my first big trip to Europe.  I've never been before, and I'm going alone on a partially escorted tour.  London, Paris, Venice, Florence, and the tour finishes in Rome.  Except I'm staying on,  spending the weekend in Sorrento before returning to Toronto. The entire trip went smoothly.  I chose a Monograms Tour because they... Continue Reading →

Hotel Cadillac, Rochester, NY

The Hotel Cadillac likely started out as a very posh place in Rochester, NY. Perhaps it was built in the 1930's - 1940's, when Rochester's elite would meet for a drink on Chestnut Street downtown. The elegant Lounge Bar at the Hotel Cadillac. This is the Hotel Cadillac today.  Most of the businesses on the... Continue Reading →

Rochester, NY September 2014

  IHG Hotels had one of their point breaks specials, and I didn't want to travel too far.  Rochester is about three hours away and looked like a good fit for two days. I crossed the border at Queenston without incident, and proceeded north to HWY 18, taking the scenic parkway that follows the south... Continue Reading →

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