I was strolling through the streets of Old San Juan in Puerto Rico and came across this vintage, orange Volkswagen Beetle. It was the perfect focal point that truly punctuated the charm of this historical sea port.
I wrote last week that I was alone on Valentine’s Day. Yes my loved one wasn’t by my side, but I did go out to dinner with a colleague to J. Alexander’s in Cincinnati. Without hesitation, it was the best meal I have ever had.
Now, I know, that was a very strong statement to make. The best meal ever means that out of all the meals I have ever eaten (over 33,000), this one makes the top of the list. That’s a big deal.
The Montgomery Inn Restaurant in Ohio is an icon of American Culinary History. World famous for their ribs, this logo greats you upon arrival at their original location.
Whenever I travel, I love spoiling myself with food. I eat pretty plainly at home. It’s a money-saving technique. But as soon as I travel and discover a quaint, little Main Street… I’m all over those little boutique shops like “flies on stink” (as my dad once said)! Such was the case on a trip to Madison, Wisconsin when I stumbled upon Fromagination.
Fromagination included one of the four major food groups…
- Bread & Oil
I was returning home from Vancouver via the U.S. Border Crossing in Washington State and encountered this sign. Iconic American landmarks welcomed our return home:
- The U.S. Flag
- The Statue of Liberty
- The U.S. Capitol Building
- Mount Rushmore
- The Golden Gate Bridge
- The Seattle Space Needle
While waiting for the endless queue to advance, I contemplated this sign for a bit. I suppose it’s because I do so much international travel, I don’t ever think about U.S. Travel. France has the Eiffel Tower, Australia the Opera House and Uluru, Egypt the Pyramids and the list goes on and on. But what represents America?
I once had a trip to Junction City, Kansas. Junction City is about a 2-hour drive west of Kansas City, Kansas. Close your eyes and imagine what Junction City must be like. Okay, open them. Junction City is just like you imagined.
Beyond the rolling hills of the countryside rests this small town. Dinner choices included Denny’s, a Subway and that Chinese Restaurant (truth be told, I found a nicer place on my third night in town). When I asked a local where I should eat, they were very delighted to share with me that Olive Garden would be opening soon – but that it wasn’t open yet.
I’m excited to share today’s post with you. This Thursday, March 31st, The Weather Channel is debuting an all-new show From the Edge with Peter Lik and there’s something in it for you!*
From the Edge with Peter Lik
Peter is an Aussie who is known for his stunning nature photography. In his new show, he’ll be taking viewers across the United States to places like Hawaii, Alaska, Montana and Arizona to capture the best in travel, nature and weather photography. Of course, you can expect the power of nature to play a role in his adventures across the country.
Visiting McDonald’s while you travel is always a fun, quick adventure. Whether it’s discovering if the food tastes different or sampling new menu items you’ll always discover a lesson in America, Capitalism or International Business. But you don’t always have to travel abroad to be surprised.
I was in Spartanburg, SC a few years back and came across the Ten Commandments posted above Ronald McDonald.
At first glance, I thought they were the 10 Commandments of the Golden Arches. Ya know, things like:
- Thou shall not steal your neighbors burger a la the Hamburgerler
- Thou shall not grimace
Having blogged about travel for 15 months, I’ve reached a milestone where PR folks flood my box with pitches for stories – most of them not of any interest to me (or you). But an offer to read Drive I-95, a book by Stan and Sandra Posner, caught my attention. Having driven that stretch of highway many times from my home state of Massachusetts all the way to Florida, I can tell you that it’s not pleasant. It’s long, boring and takes two full days with little to look forward to.
Where is Block Island?
I grew up only 90 minutes from Block Island, Rhode Island’s summer getaway, but never went there. The excuse always was, “I can go there anytime”. While a valid excuse, it turns out anytime meant never. I took it for granted. And now that I live in Orlando, I can’t just take a day trip to Block Island. So on a recent trip home to Massachusetts, my brother and I visited this tiny island off Rhode Island’s Coast.
Today’s post will be shared in pictures (and for more photos of Block Island, you can visit my Facebook Fan Page Block Island Photo Album).