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 →

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 →

Preview of Changes and Upcoming Travel

New Developments It's early 2017.  We're having decent weather on the sunshine coast of Florida.  Mostly sunny, and starting to get warm.  There has been very little rain, and only a couple of storms. My only travel has been local -  to Orlando, Tampa and St Petersburg. I've been spending my winters in Florida for... 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 →

Walter P Chrysler Museum

In September, 2010, I spent a weekend in Detroit.  My friends wished me away, hoping I'd come back without a toe tag.  I actually had a very good trip, although the conditions in Detroit proper were quite alarming. I spent an afternoon at the Walter P Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills.  Truly, a splendid museum... Continue Reading →

Laura

A Creole Plantation, Vacherie, LA Prior to the Civil War, more than half of America's millionaires lived between New Orleans and Natchez, along the Mississippi River. Many plantation homes have been destroyed, but also many were saved.  This Laura Plantation house was built in 1805, but according to my tour guide the plantation itself predates... 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 →

White Hall, Kentucky

Twice yearly I make the trek from Toronto, Canada to Sarasota, Florida, where I spend the winter.  It's a trip that can be done fast or slow, as the mood strikes.  I have made the trip in slightly more than eighteen hours, but I now prefer to take three days.  There's lots to see along... 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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