Tag Archives: Viewpoint

From Welfare to Comfort (Texas)

Sometimes the best surprises are not far from home. In two small towns in the picturesque Texas Hill Country, I stumbled on two great locations off the beaten trail from the masses of tourists that visit Fredericksburg, roughly thirty minutes … Continue reading

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Thai Food in a Traditional London Pub

Visitors to London are always faced with the “sticker-price shock” of eating in one of the world’s most expensive cities. I remember on one of my first visits of being horrified at the price of two pounds for one cookie … Continue reading

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A Visit to Idaho’s Magic Valley

It has always been on my bucket list to visit all fifty U.S. states. For years, I saw the list shrink down to three and the past two years the list had shrunk to one remaining state being Idaho. For … Continue reading

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A Church and Coffee Beans in Rome, Italy

During the winter, it’s quieter in Rome with fewer tourists than during the high season. I have been coming here for years as there is so much to see that it is almost overwhelming. On a recent visit in late … Continue reading

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Art and Sweets in Santa Fe, New Mexico

In the cold and quiet of early January, local Santa Fe residents have reclaimed their town from the masses of tourists found during the spring through the fall. Bargains are available, popular restaurants won’t require reservations or long waits, Christmas … Continue reading

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A Quiet Refuge in Vancouver’s Chinatown

In the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown lies a peaceful garden reflecting characteristics found during the Ming Dynasty. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a tranquil retreat in the core of a downtown commercial district. For an admission price … Continue reading

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A Taste of Autumn in Boston’s Public Garden and Gibson House Museum

  It was my first New England fall, something I have wanted to experience for years, to see the vibrant, rich colors of a New England autumn. Living in Houston, we have a few cold days but the trees are … Continue reading

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A Tasty Touch of Elegance in Copenhagen

Eating out in Denmark (and Scandinavia in general) is expensive and when I am traveling, I like to eat where the locals eat. As a rule, Copenhagen can be pricey but a local food market, Torvehallerne KBH, is a find. … Continue reading

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The Buck Stops in Independence, Missouri

The town of Independence, Missouri immediately conjures images of former President Harry S. Truman. On a quiet, residential street, visitors can experience the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site including a visit to the Truman home. Harry Truman was an … Continue reading

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Mingling with Musk Ox in Palmer, Alaska

I happen to be in Alaska fairly regularly for my job and was lucky enough to visit this year in the summer. For visitors to the Anchorage area, a special experience with wildlife up close is a trip to the … Continue reading

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