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 →

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 →

Return to Vancouver, BC, Spring 2016

WestJet had a seat sale, so I thought it was time for another trip to Vancouver, BC. I usually book trips based on a seat sale and where I want to go.  One of the conditions of this sale required me to take a flight with three stops.  I departed from London, ON (YXU), next... 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 →

Magnolia Mound

The Magnolia Mound Plantation House is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, near the Mississippi River, located about one mile south of the downtown area.  It was built in the French Creole style in 1791, with an addition in the early 1800's. The main room has a rare... 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 →

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 →

Warren, Ohio 2013

Once I left Cleveland, OH I had a specific destination in mind.  I love museums, and have a fondness for automobile museums.  I've been to both the Chrysler and Ford museums near Detroit.  While researching, I found the National Packard Museum. Having left Cleveland in disgust over the traffic situation (many, many roads closed for... Continue Reading →

Cleveland, Ohio 2013

  I was looking for a short getaway, but some place near that I hadn't already been.  Buffalo, NY was ruled out, so I settled on Cleveland, Ohio, just a morning's drive away.  Once out of Canada it was an easy drive, with very little traffic. I drove directly to the Cleveland Museum of Art. ... Continue Reading →

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