Upside down sandwich

Small towns and cities everywhere are always looking for ways to bring in tourists and the cash that they often have.  You’ll find lots of odd attractions, created just for you, and your wallet. But here’s an odd one for you… an old, stale sandwich locked away in a Washington state museum is drawing fresh attention to an aviation daredevil…

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A slight Nordic edge

Many of us have learned, over the years, that Christopher Columbus (real name Cristoforo Colombo) discovered North America in 1492 –  way before McDonald’s was founded. But,  we now know that half a millennium before Columbus crossed the Atlantic, the Vikings reached the “New World”, as the remains of timber buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of…

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Volando sobre las vegas

Volando sobre las vegas (flying over Las Vegas) We would expect that many of our readers have been to Las Vegas, and maybe more than once.  You  might think that you’ve seen pretty much everything there. Well, here’s a smooth video that might just prove you wrong.  Unless, of course, you’re able to fly with the birdies.  If that’s the…

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I don’t care

Everyone wants their chance to fly, but no-one wants to die doing it. Both United and American Airlines sell basic economy tickets which are non-changeable. If you get sick and do not fly you lose all value of your ticket. That’s a huge incentive to fly sick. (Delta makes basic economy tickets changeable through December 31, 2021.)   As of this…

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Is there a palace in Dallas?

…we’re not sure, but we don’t think so. But it does actually have a load of museums.  And they give culture-rich places like Austin a run for their money. And is it really that surprising? This city not only has a fascinating history, it’s also a hub for otherworldly pursuits like innovative fashion, some of the best restaurants in Texas,…

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Wouldn’t you like to ride?

It seems like everyone (except us) is getting into space.  Between, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, the pure and unadulterated great beyond will be host to all sorts of space cowboys. One company, World View is expanding its services to include the launch of the first-of-its-kind, edge-of-space experience. The World View space tourism experience will be affordable, of…

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Warm and fuzzy?

Nuclear power – is there anything that is more confusing and even divisive than that?  On one hand, it has the promise to literally power our homes and factories, and with the possibility of doing it cleanly. But, on the other hand, despite decades of opposition by the people, the threat of nuclear arms still hangs over our heads. Well,…

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Steam pumped!

In the 1800s, Niagara Falls was considered the be-all and end-all of North America’s pure promise and unending resources. Being able to visit was considered the trip of a lifetime. The William Birch Rankine Power Station was Canada’s first major power station on the mighty river. Built in 1905 using horse-and-carriage labor, it pumped out electricity and molded the success…

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Bartender, a sunburn on the rocks, please

While we love relaxing on famous Florida beaches, we’re even bigger fans of enjoying the same warm and sunny setting while seated at a beach bar.  Because, really, there’s nothing better than elevating that toes-in-the-sand experience with a tropical cocktail or ice-cold beer and perhaps a light bite or two. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar is a winner in St Pete. Click above to…

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Boo who?

Halloween is just around the corner, which makes the cold heart of any horror fan beat faster. Dressed in spooky costumes, little ghosts go trick-or-treating from house to house, while mature vampires, monsters and ghouls choose to imbibe and dance the night away. Halloween is an American holiday and like many American traditions, was brought to the New World via…

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Mind, blown

Some things are easier to comprehend.  But, when governments – especially those who may not agree with each other – make decisions, sometimes you just have to scratch your head and go back to bed. May we present two islands in two countries, two miles and twenty-one hours apart. Not much else to add here, but pay attention to the…

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Don’t throw stones

Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but they should throw caution to the wind — especially in this shiny glass palace that you’ll find just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. Known as the Invisible House, the elongated 22-story “horizontal skyscraper” is like a shiny, dreamy mirage in the sand. This once-in-a-lifetime stay is one of the most rented properties in…

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Twin Peaks

David Lynch may have been here, but we can’t be sure. Many people visit the rather awesome Glacier National Park, but did you know that  Waterton Lakes is right across from Glacier National Park, and this is why you should visit: two for the price of one. Alberta is utterly stunning and the Canadian Rockies are second to none, (words…

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Freedom, eh?

In the pursuit of freedom, mankind has created borders.  Okaay. But, in some places (such as San Marino, Monaco, Vatican City, Liechtenstein and Canada etc) there is a level of trust that the surrounding countries are friendly and non-threatening. Surprisingly / not surprisingly, Canada and the USA have an arm’s length agreement about borders.  You can travel from right to…

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Ne’er BnB

A major European destination just banished Airbnb. Will others follow suit? AirBnB has had a somewhat chequered past when it comes to the neighbours.  Most renters are polite and responsible.  But it doesn’t take too many incidents for the love to sour. A recent crackdown in Barcelona portends stronger laws against short-term rentals across the continent.  Read more here courtesy…

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Central Park underground

If you’ve been to New York, you’ve probably visited Central Park. But there’s a part of its story you won’t see. Before Central Park was built, a historically black community was destroyed. It’s a story that goes back to the 1820s, when that part of New York was largely open countryside. Soon it became home to about 1,600 people. Watch…

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No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive

Here we are again:  we love James Bond and we love cars. So, it is with some excitement that we find that the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles is hosting the Bond in Motion exhibit. Be one of the first to experience the largest official James Bond exhibit in the United States. Produced in collaboration with EON Productions and the…

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The South shall surprise again

To some, the southern United States can still be a mystery.  Home of some turbulence over the decades, but also a place of history, style and undeniable charm, It is a place you should visit at least once in your life. Our affiliate friends, the UK’s Titan Travel, have just posted a new guided tour which takes you to some…

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Imagine, if you will . . .

“Being like everybody is the same as being nobody.” “ There is nothing in the dark that isn’t there when the lights are on.” Rod Serling Some of you may remember the ground-breaking Twilight Zone television show, which entranced so many of us (of a certain age) and still resonates to this day. If you loved the show, you can…

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Oooh la LA

Near the famed Los Angeles intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the highly anticipated Thompson Hollywood is now welcoming guests, as of August 2021, who enter through a greenery-laden walkway, the first sign that this new hotel is something special. Featuring a bar, terrace and views of city, Thompson Hollywood is located 701 m from Capitol Records Building. Among the facilities of…

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