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 →

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 →

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 →

Belize City

Late in 2011, Delta had a seat sale, and I flew Tampa - Atlanta - Belize city at the end of January, 2012. An uneventful trip, but there is a long taxi ride into Belize City.  Eventually, I arrive at the Belcove Hotel on Regent Street, near the swing bridge.  I must admit that the... 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 →

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