Category Archives: Spotlight

Good Eats

A while ago I posted some fine restaurants we had experienced in our travels across the country where you could also enjoy a wonderful meal. My teenager started to spout all the fun places that we had also enjoyed that also should … Continue reading

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New Jersey’s Good Side

My last post telling about our train commute to New York City from New Brunswick showed much of what is ugly about New Jersey. Many people only have the impression that they receive from the New Jersey Turnpike of the … Continue reading

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New York City’s High Line

Railroads started building tracks and spreading across the  eastern states in the mid 1830s and by the 1850s there was a massive train yard in Manhattan just east of the Hudson River between 30th and 43rd Streets. The island was … Continue reading

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Local Arts and Crafts

I know my personal budget is doing okay when I can buy art, but I always carry the desire to buy something to add a spot of color or a design statement. One place that helps are the myriad of … Continue reading

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River Walk

Eons ago in college I was an urban planning major. We talked about revitalization projects for cities that had seen better days all over the country.  The teacher mentioned San Antonio enough that when I visited a few years ago … Continue reading

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Campus Architecture

Sam had off from school Monday so we made one more college visit to the University of Cincinnati, a 3 hour drive from home. He had visited there before the roadtrip with the other Sam and liked it a lot … Continue reading

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Boston Lodging Gem-The Bertram Inn

Overnight lodging in a major city like Boston can end up being pricey and for travelers trying to maximize their trip budget it is important to find a place to spend the night that offers a safe and comfortable environment … Continue reading

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Hotel Skylar, Syracuse, New York

Built in 1921 as Temple Adath Yeshrun, the building was used by its congregation for over 5 decades, then by a theater group.  Purchased in 2009 by the Hotel Skylar LLC, renovation into a sustainable, green hotel commenced.  During renovation … Continue reading

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College Road Trip-The Actual Event: Syracuse University

A funny thing happened on the way to planning this trip….one of the other guys made a suggestion. Seriously, I have been planning trips for so long that it is appreciated but highly unusual when one of the people coming … Continue reading

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College Road Trip-The Actual Event-University of Connecticut

In an earlier chapter of my life I lived in Connecticut and Sam was born in Hartford. We moved to Tennessee when he was 2 months old so of course he remembers nothing, but he tells people he doesn’t have … Continue reading

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