15 Feb, 2015 in San Francisco
Alcatraz Tour San Francisco-017

San Francisco is a gorgeous city and there’s a lot to see and do, but of all the tourist attractions in the area I’d say the visit to the Alcatraz Prison was the most memorable. Not only is there a tale to tell about this prison, but the boat trip to get to it and […]

11 Feb, 2015 in Mexico City
Lucha libre Mexican Wrestling (1)

This was, by far, the strangest cultural experience I’ve had while visiting Mexico City. I knew nothing about this Lucha Libre and had no idea what to expect, but the hour or so at the Arena Coliseo with masked chubby Mexican wrestlers and the very enthusiastic local Mexican crowd turned out to be a night […]

7 Feb, 2015 in Arizona
Cosanti Foundation   Phoenix Arizona (10)

Visiting Phoenix Arizona around Christmas time there options were rather limited. While driving around Scottsdale to see the small old town I looked up nearby attractions and the Cosanti Foundation Artist Colony came up and so I decided to stop by. Although it’s not a large complex, and there definitely isn’t much to do, it […]

4 Feb, 2015 in Mexico City
The National Museum of Anthropology Mexico City (5)

If you are, like me, ignorant of the Mexican cultural heritage and pre-colonial history and find stories of lost ancient cultures fascinating and tragic, then you’ll probably find great interest in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Maya, Aztec, and endless other former glorious cultures are all features with detailed explanations. …

28 Jan, 2015 in Mexico City
Chapultepec Castle Mexico City (46)

Chapultepec Castle at the Chapultepec Park is a great way to kick off Mexico City. It combines a castle, a national museum, a huge park with lots of activities, and most importantly – a grand view of Mexico City from above. Although most of the exhibitions are not in English, and you’ll need a guide […]

26 Jan, 2015 in Saint Louis
The Gateway Arch  Saint Louis Missouri

When people think of Saint Louis they usually picture the iconic Gateway Arch. The first and last time I saw the arch was during my time in the US as a kid during the late 1980s, and so I was eager to have another chance to visit. The arch was far more spectacular than I […]

25 Jan, 2015 in Saint Louis
Missouri Botanical Garden - Saint Louis (14)

Dating back to 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the US. There are quite a few things to see and do in Saint Louis, and together with the world famous arch this was definitely one of the highlights in my very short visit in the […]

23 Jan, 2015 in Phoenix
Ro Ho En - Japanese Friendship Garden  Phoenix (4)

Part of the Phoenix charm is with its desert scenery. Not much green, very distinct vegetation, so when you tour around Phoenix you become used to the yellowish flavor of it all. Which is why the Ro Ho En – the Japanese Friendship Garden – near the heart of Phoenix is very surprising. Somehow, I’m […]

19 Jan, 2015 in Champagne
Musée Fort de la Pompelle (1)

Roaming around Champagne there are a few things to see that go beyond wineries, although it is mainly limited to two categories – religion and war. In terms of war, there’s plenty left from the world wars that had a strong impact on France. In Champagne you have the Musée Fort de la Pompelle a […]

18 Jan, 2015 in Champagne
Around Reims (6)

We only spent a day around the lovely town of Reims. We visited the grand cathedral, said hi to the folks at a nearby international psychology conference, and wondered around the old town. But, most importantly for Champagne province, we did the mandatory Champagne tour to hear more about the history of this highly popular […]

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