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A common love for music, chiefly the Blues, inspired a friend and me to explore America's Deep South, in particular the Mississippi Delta birthplace of the Blues. As a vocal and instrumental form of music based on its distinctive twelve-bar pattern, the Blues has often been portrayed as the "devil's music" and as a vehicle that incites violence and other destructive behaviour. In the early 20th century the Blues was considered by many conventional types to be an unrespectable form of entertainment, especially when it began to attract white audiences during the 1920s. Since that era, the Blues has grown…
New England cities are all the rage when its time for Fall and all that foliage. Being from New England Fall foliage doesn't excite me too much but I know for a fact that non-New Englander's are simply crazy about visiting this time of year. There is a city for every type of person here in New England. We've got everything from small cities, large cities, and everything in between. We've also got something for the snow lovers, foliage lovers, and also BEER lovers. There is literally a town for everyone with something awesome to do there. If your thinking…
Explored Pier 39. ✔ W alked to Pier 45. ✔ Found a WWII Submarine. ✔ That's right. I said A World War II SUBMARINE. The USS Pampanito SO worth the $10 admission fee. One laundry machine for 70+ men. How often do you really think they washed their clothes? (Also, only one shower too. Ditto for washing of bodies?) This bunk is sandwiched between torpedoes. Yup. Better not toss and turn at night if you sleep there. Torpedo tubes A hatch. It's TEENY TINY. There are four or five of these to pass through when traversing the length of the…
The last time I paid a visit to Sin City was when I was 10 years old, approximately 13 years ago, to visit relatives. As one would guess, I wasn't able to partake in any wickedness the city is known for. I made up for that with my recent trip to Vegas. I had covered the basics of Las Vegas in 2000; touring the Strip, seeing Sigfried & Roy's white tigers, going on the New York, New York roller coaster, taking in the light show on Fremont Street, and the like. This time around, yours truly got to see a…
SoHo is hot and one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC. Please let me share some of mine favorite 'places to be'. I am curious if you have any nice suggestions yourself. Please let me know if you do. Together we can make the most Marvelous SoHo list! SoHo (abbreviation of South Houston) is located between Houston Street (north), Lafayette Street (east), Canal Street (south) and Sixth Avenue (west). SoHo is known as one of New York's most trendy neighborhoods, leading in fashion and architecture. Where to shop? Everywhere in SoHo you can find amazing shops and therefore SoHo is…
The Most Visited Mountain In All Of North America Driving into Colorado Springs and the surrounding area it is impossible to miss Pike's Peak, which staggers up into the clouds and makes dwarfs of most of the other summits in nearby range. It is also home to the highest railroad in the United States, the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, which offers tours up to the summit. As such, Pike's Peak (aka America's Mountain) is the most visited mountain in North America. On a clear day the view from a distance can be absolutely breathtaking! If you have seen the Garden…
There is so very much to do in California's Wine Country! And surprisingly, not all of it revolves around wine. Head to charming downtown Sonoma, California. Just next door to the old Armory, which is part of the San Francisco Sonoma Mission, The Toscana Hotel is a fascinating little step back into the "old west." Historic blurb: On the north side of the Plaza, next to the Sonoma Barracks, is the Toscano Hotel. Built in the 1850s it was first home to a retail store and rental library. Later the building was used as an inexpensive hotel, dubbed the "Eureka…
Nestled smack dab in the center of idyllic downtown Sonoma (which is nestled smack dab in the middle of the Napa Valley/Wine Country) you'll find a smattering of mom and pop stores, original restaurants, high-end homeware shoppes and cute clothing sellers. You'll also find a piece of California's history - Mission San Francisco Solano. Wikipedia says this about Sonoma's mission: The mission was built by the Mexican authorities as a barrier to Russia's attempts to extend control to the federal territory of Alta California.[8] During the years the Mission was active, General Mariano Vallejo resided in town. He was tasked…
So when Derek and I were out and about our first day at SXSW we stopped by a bar to get a beer. We sat next to a fellow with long hair and looked to be a bit in the metal scene. my initial thought was this guy is from Dallas. Well we got to talking and turns out I was way off! He was from Denmark (hence the title) and like everyone else was there for the music. We ended up hanging out talking over quite a few beers. Before leaving he wanted to have an authentic Texas meal…
What is now the city of San Diego started out as Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo's San Miguel, named when he sailed into San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. The Portuguese explorer claimed the land for Spain, but Spain ignored the area for sixty years and all proof of Cabrillo’s claim had weathered away. Sebastián Vizcaíno made landfall in San Diego Bay as well, and he renamed the area after San Diego de Alcalá on November 10, 1602. It would be another 167 years before the Spanish returned to San Diego. During the entire Spanish conquistador period, Spain had been establishing…
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