New York City’s Most Haunted Neighborhood

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One of the best ways to truly experience New York City is to the explore the many neighborhoods as if they were a living museum.   As you wander through these areas, you will discover that each is defined by their personality and layers of history lend themselves to tales of the past, some of […]

Jeeps, Dunes & Wild Horses

Photo Credit:  Eve Turek (This picture on a card I bought, was just too beautiful not to post.)

Every year by the end of February I start to yearn for the warmer days of summer.  This year is no different after many gray, snowy days.  On this Sunday afternoon, my mind teeters between making plans for this upcoming summer vacation and memories of our vacation from last summer.  Last August we spent a […]

George Washington, America’s First Spymaster

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Today is President’s Day.  George Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd, but since 1971 the federal holiday was uprooted from the fixed date and transplanted to the third Monday in February.  Sadly, most Americans think of George Washington’s Birthday as a sales bit on car commercials and without much thought about the Patriot that led America […]

Presidential Inaugural Exhibit at the World’s Largest Parade Museum

The American Flag float used in the Inaugural Parade.

The likelihood of my family receiving an invitation to the presidential inauguration or the inaugural ball has a chance close to uh, zero!  I also don’t see us joining the crowd of 800,000 on the parade route tomorrow.  Instead, we will relive the inauguration festivities through memories of our visit to the American Celebration on Parade […]

Really Big Things On The Side Of The Road

Smiling for my photo-op with the Giant Cootie!

One of the best things about taking a road-trip is abandoning the endless interstate and hopping on one of America’s two-lane highways.  Often when we traveled these back roads, we discovered some wacky over-sized sculptures.  Roadside attractions started popping up in the 1920s with the birth of the U.S. highway system.  Travelers needed places to […]

Infinity at NASA Stennis Space Center

F-1 Rocket Engine - one of the most powerful machines ever made.

Where did you go to celebrate Christmas?  My son and I headed down to Louisiana to visit my parents, which was a trip long over do since we haven’t celebrated with family members down south in eleven years.  After a couple of days of gorging ourselves with an enormous amount of food and sitting on […]

Holiday House Tour at Westbrook Estate

Christmas time at Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

One of my favorite things about living on the east coast is the history that accompanies the landscape.  I particularly enjoy house tours and set out this month to take in the splendor of the holidays at Westbrook Estate.  This 68-room mansion is now known as the Manor House at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum on […]

Wright Brothers National Memorial

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Next Monday, December 17th, marks the 110th Anniversary of Flight when the Wright Brothers skimmed over the sands of the Outer Banks in their “Wright Flyer.” On that cold December morning in 1903, the brothers who owned a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio had ventured to Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina.  Kill Devil Hills […]

Mill Neck Manor

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Keeping up with the elegance and luxury of the Gilded Age that now may be assigned to the Great Gatsby, Mill Neck Manor is one of the remaining historic estates on the North Shore of Long Island.  Once known as Sefton Manor, this granite Tudor Revival mansion overlooks the water of the Long Island Sound on […]

Atlantic City’s Miss America

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This past summer on our road trip down the east coast we spent some time in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  When we arrived, we didn’t have a plan and figured we would just stroll down America’s first and longest boardwalk.  I was excited to enjoy some saltwater taffy, and my son was excited to play […]