Category Archives: Architectural Marvels

The Legendary Walled City of Dubrovnik: Pearl of the Adriatic

Established in the 7th century A.D., the ancient and scenic port city of Dubrovnik lies in the southernmost part of the Republic of Croatia, – almost directly across the Adriatic Sea from the “spur” in the boot of Italy. It is a beautiful city of colorful red-topped tile roofs and cobblestone streets, all of which looks …

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Celebrate Veterans Day at the Thayer Hotel at West Point

No other hotel in the United States can boast the patriotic pedigree of the Thayer Hotel at West Point. We paid a visit to the award-winning Thayer Hotel during the holiday season, and felt it especially appropriate to write about this unique hotel on Veterans Day, when we honor the members of the military that have gallantly served …

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Returning to Historic Catalina Island and the Echoes of Big Bands Past

Long before Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco, throngs of everyday Americans in the difficult 1930s and 1940s were keeping a stiff upper lip to the world’s problems and singing “…I left my love in Avalon…” to the Big Band sounds of Miller, Herman, Goodman, James and Dorsey. The song “Avalon” was first …

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The Ahwahnee: An Iconic American Hotel Name May Become a Memory

The Ahwahnee Hotel photos by Judy Bayliff Because of a legal dispute over trademarks, some of the best-known places in Yosemite National Park may soon change their names. If something is not done, the historic and revered Ahwahnee Hotel will become the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. This is not simply a name change, it is another gross humiliation for the people of …

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Exploring Maritime Quebec and Its Bounty of Lighthouses

The Province of Québec, Canada has so much to offer the global tourist that we found the best way to present the many vacation options was to separate them into several categories; this story zeroes in on just one of Québec’s major attractions – lighthouses. On the trail of the lighthouses North America’s most spectacular lighthouse trek …

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A Visit to the Historic Heceta Lighthouse on the Rugged Oregon Coast

We had heard so many fascinating stories about lighthouses along the scenic Oregon coast that we decided to make a road trip from San Francisco to visit one. Here’s what we did. Breaking up a long drive Ours was to be a considerable drive of 552 miles, estimated to take approximately 9-hours, so we decided …

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The Vacation of a Lifetime in Kiama, Australia

Everyone who travels has special places tucked away in their memories. One of our favorite places is the little seaside town of Kiama on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The town reminds us of a quiet Carmel, California, while the nearby thundering surf is reminiscent of the awesome power and beauty of …

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Nevada is Home to the Famous Thomas Flyer: Winner of the Only Around the World Auto Race

We found an American treasure in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada.  Hidden in plain view among hundreds of classic cars is the 1907 Thomas Flyer, the winner of the first and only Around the World Auto Race. After decades of neglect, in 1964 the dilapidated Thomas Flyer was painstakingly restored to her original …

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A Timeless Holiday at the Adare Manor Castle and Golf Resort in Ireland

There are places in the world, where “extraordinary” is a totally inadequate description. Adare Manor Castle and Golf Resort is just such a place. Our Aer Lingus flight arrived right on time in Dublin at 5:45 a.m. We picked up our rental car and immediately headed west to County Limerick. Adare Manor was the first of four …

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Charting a Course in the Florida Keys on the Legendary African Queen

As we travel, we check off places that are on our Bucket List. Being film buffs, many of the things on our list are related to movies we have seen over the years. We recently checked off another “to do” from our list by skippering the authentic “African Queen,” the boat made famous by Humphrey …

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