Charleston – Out and About, away from Downtown

While the city of  Charleston  is interesting in itself for a few days,  it also makes for a good base to explore the Lowcountry – the marshy coastal lands that stretch south into Georgia.   With its dripping Spanish moss,  fabulous oak trees and abundance of wildlife,  the area is naturally stunning and full of history. […]

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Charleston – a stroll Downtown

Charleston, South Carolina,   is very proud of its list of ‘firsts’ and ‘oldests’ – first theatre,  first museum,  first golf course,  oldest public gardens,  oldest municipal college……  The city’s Preservation Society takes its job very seriously (and of course its the oldest community based historic society in the US).   The French Quarter and surrounding area boasts […]

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The Trail of the Lonesome Pine – Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia

  A 7 Night Self-Drive Trip   I’d no idea this region was so accessible to the major transport hubs of Washington / New York until I began investigating it as a possible short road trip.   A huge tourist destination for USA residents,  only a handful of acquaintances at home had any clue of its […]

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Washington DC

A change of heart… I never had any real inclination to visit Washington DC..  I always knew there was plenty to see and do but I’m not really a ‘museum person’ and could take or leave the politics. So I embraced this particular new year’s  mini break with less enthusiasm than usual….  and was blown […]

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Boston

NEW YEAR IN BOSTON – COLD!  COLD!  COLD!   I won’t harp on about the weather -but! The extreme cold led to cancellation of many First Night festivities on New Years Eve.  Sightseeing was very difficult  due to the biting  temperatures. And that was BEFORE  the blizzard!  But you can’t travel almost 5000km and sit […]

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