North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #093] Broom and Basket Shop, Amana Colonies, Iowa:

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Skills that Stand the Test of Time and Technology. When we were told our first stop during our visit to the Amana Colonies would be a demonstration in broom making, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, I loathe anything to do with cleaning. But when we walked into West Amana Broom and Basket […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #092] The Port of Jaffa in Israel: 

House on the Main Square in Jaffa, Israel

Take a lesson in Survival from this Ancient Port City. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved oranges, and growing up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood of Montreal, the Jaffa brand was a frequent guest in our house. For much of my life, I associated Jaffa with sweet, juicy oranges, but it wasn’t […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #091] Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room:

The Building that Houses Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, GA

No Visit to Savannah Could Be Complete Without It. It was Summer, 1988, and we were sweltering in Savannah, GA. Our boys were seven and five, and we had taken them to Hilton head, SC for a week at the beach. By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all itching for a bit of […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #090] Biomuseo in Panama City, Panama:

The Biomuseo Designed by Frank Gehry

An Ecological and Architectural Wonderland. If there’s anything I hate more than being cold and wet, it’s being hot and sticky. And as much as I love Panama City, it will envelop you an an overabundance of the latter year round. I confess that this was one of the reasons I looked forward to escaping […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #089] Indian Echo Caverns in Derry Township, Pennsylvania: 

Entrance to Indian Echo Caverns in Hershey, PA

Let Your Tour Guide and Your Imagination show You the way. The children on the tour were definitely getting into the spirit. “I see a mushroom,” called one. ”There’s Darth Vader,” pronounced another. “I always called him a cave man,” mused our guide, but I’ll have to remember that one.” And so continued the identification […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #088] Pennsylvania State Capitol Building In Harrisburg: 

Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg

Stained Glass, Marble and Gold Leaf Make This Historic Structure a Feast for Eyes and Mind. It didn’t matter who might have been looking. I had to slip off my shoes to stand on the plaque marking the spot where President Theodor Roosevelt proclaimed, “This is the handsomest Building I ever saw.” It was 1906, […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #087] Mule and Carriage Tour in Charleston, South Carolina:

A Mule in the Palmetto Carriage Works Barn in Charleston, SC

A Laid Back way to See a Charming City Charleston, SC is one of my favorite cities on the planet. Between the historic buildings, fresh seafood and ever-present ghosts, I can’t seem to get enough of this sophisticated southern town. We have toured Charleston by bus, on foot and on our last visit in December, […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #086] Play Time at Gaya

One of the Many Games at the Gaya Store in Tel Aviv

Israeli Ingenuity at Its Mind-Boggling Best. Systematically moving my fingers over the smooth surface of the wooden box, I searched for a clue as to how to open the two small drawers it contained. It seemed hopeless, but just when I was about to throw in the towel – or fling the box across the […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #085] Cathedral of St. Joseph in Sioux Falls, SD:

St. Joseph Cathedral on the Sioux Falls Skyline

No Matter How Many Cathedrals You’ve Seen, This Midwest Treasure Should not be Missed. Late on a warm September afternoon, Simon, Otto and I found an unexpected WOW, when we entered what I thought was just another big church. The Cathedral of St. Joseph was first pointed out to us the previous morning as we […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #084] The Panama Canal Museum:

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How One Dog Had His Day in Panama City. There’s nothing like an air conditioned museum on a hot, humid day. You can feed your mind while your body tries to recover from hours of abuse trudging around outdoors. This was how Simon, Otto and I ended up in the Panama Canal Museum after exploring […]