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Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel and Convention Center:

The Sheraton Sioux Falls (Photo credit - Sheraton Hotel)

Where Familiarity Breeds a Good Night’s Sleep Yes, the Sheraton Sioux Falls Hotel and Convention Center was a chain hotel. So, what was wrong with that? As far as we were concerned, absolutely nothing. When Simon, Otto and I travel, we most often opt for a bed and breakfast, AirBNB or other smaller accommodation. Our […]

North America

Feel the Heartbeat of Downtown Rapid City:

Graffiti in Art Alley, Rapid City

How Modern and Traditional Art Transformed This Area From Drab to Dynamic. Drunks, druggies, decay and detritus. That was downtown Rapid City before 2011. On October 7 of that year Main Street Square officially opened to the public. It was an important step toward a revitalization that continues to bring enthusiastic locals and tourists flocking […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Turning Up the Heat and Hospitality in Historic St. Augustine:

Signage at the New Location

Discover Datils and Other Good Eats at Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café. As Sherry Stoppelbein snapped our picture, I wondered what we’d gotten ourselves into. But Simon and I were committed to earning our spot on Hot Shot Bakery N’ Cafe’s Wall of Flame, so we each took a bite of Datil Popper… and smiled. Yes, […]

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St. Louis Cemetery #1 Walking Tour: 

Tomb of Marie Laveau

Who Would Have Thought Death Could Be So Much Fun. Cemeteries have always had a muting effect on me. Whether they were military, historic or associated with the death of someone I knew, my tendency to crack lame jokes and be otherwise irreverent took a back seat to my desire to be respectful. That was […]

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Hotel Pur, Quebec City:

Updated Room at Hotel Pur, Quebec City

Where every detail says “Bienvenue” The entire hotel was under major renovation, and Simon and I expected a certain amount of chaos and inconvenience. What we found instead was a warm welcome and a peek into the bright future of Hotel Pur. Ironically, Hotel PUR wasn’t even on our radar when we were planning our […]

Hints for Happier Travels / North America

Just Won a Free Trip to a Dream location?

Here’s How to Avoid Letting Additional Expenses Turn Your Vacation Into a Nightmare. Congratulations! Your ticket was drawn, and you’re the lucky winner of a  free vacation. Now what? One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether or not you  can afford to go. You can have the time of your life, […]

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The National Civil War Museum Tells it Like it Was:

A Field Hospital at the National Civil War Museum

Experience Both Sides of the Bloody Conflict that Nearly Shattered a Nation. For many, it’s easy to pass judgement regarding the right and wrong of the American Civil War. And, to some degree, I too am guilty of this mindset. The people I admire most when it comes to this highly charged subject, are those […]

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The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City, South Dakota:

Children's Library Lab at the Journey Museum in Rapid City

Planning a Trip to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial? Do This First It was mid-afternoon in Rapid City when we met Troy Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Journey Museum and Learning Center. Although my brain was, as always, willing, my feet groaned out a protest following a day of standing and walking. But as […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

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

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 […]

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 […]