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From Food to Fashion, Birdwatching to Bourbon, Themed Itineraries in the USA Satisfy Many People's Special Interests

"Nature's Grace" along the Maine Sculpture Trail. Photo by Alan Stubbs

Some people are traipsing through lovely landscapes as others explore history from days of North America's earliest tribal peoples to the present. Avid birders use binoculars to spot…


Added by Victor Block on November 20, 2021 at 7:11am — No Comments

Find the Hidden Historic Gems of Gatewayd to California's Yosemite National Park

Pioneer Yosemite History Center

Following the hilly, curvy road that snakes through Yosemite National Park in the east of…


Added by Victor Block on October 27, 2021 at 3:25am — No Comments

Cheese, Truffles, History, and Wine in Piedmont, Italy

Piedmont, Italy displays a landscape of vineyard-covered hills, tiny towns and medieval stone castles.  Photo by Victor Block

The platter that was set before me was covered with what resembled small piles of leaves from a fall lawn raking. The little brown, green and…


Added by Victor Block on September 26, 2021 at 2:00am — No Comments

Whatever Your Pastime or Interest, There May Be A Cruise For You!

Whatever hobby, pursuit or pastime you enjoy, it’s…


Added by Victor Block on August 30, 2021 at 8:26am — No Comments

The Past Come Vibrantly to Life in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Humberto Moreno

William Byrd III…


Added by Victor Block on July 31, 2021 at 7:00pm — No Comments

7 Swell Spots to Travel the World Without Leaving the USA

At this time of limited travel, if you live in the United States it may be less easy visit other countries on your bucket list. But thanks to the USA's longstanding history of…


Added by Victor Block on July 19, 2021 at 4:00pm — No Comments

From Beaches to Blackbeard, Shipwrecks to Sand Dunes, North Carolina’s Outer Banks Have Something for Everyone

Gavin Haskell/

I stood frozen with fear, unable to move. The terrifying image drew closer, curved sword swinging wildly. Just as the fearsome swashbuckler seemed about to separate my head and body, I snapped back to reality; left my all-too-real…


Added by Victor Block on July 7, 2021 at 1:42pm — No Comments

Nostalgia Front & Center in Some U.S. Museums & Eateries

Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame

Louis Kaplan is channeling his childhood.  While a youngster, he collected baseball cards which he stored in boxes and treasured as souvenirs of the USA's…


Added by Victor Block on June 26, 2021 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Spring Has Sprung & U.S. Gardens Await Discovery

Spring is here, and summer's already around the corner!  If you’re a flower gardener - and the National Gardening Association estimates that members of over a third of U.S. households are - you already may have begun to till soil and plant seeds. And those who like to travel as well as garden (as well as those who enjoy…


Added by Victor Block on April 16, 2021 at 8:22am — No Comments

Sleeping with History at 7 of the USA's most Historic Hotels

Crescent Hotel

How would you like to spend a night or more at a hotel once frequented by Clark Gable, Ingrid Berman, Marilyn Monroe and a long…


Added by Victor Block on February 28, 2021 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Past Comes Alive in Many Ways in Patrick County, Virginia



   One place that my wife Fyllis and I visited promised a “luxury boutique” which has won accolades as among the best resorts in the country.  The other invited us to “Experience the simple life.”


   These very different settings stretch along the Virginia-North Carolina border.  Together, Patrick County, Virginia and the Primland resort offer an inviting getaway with eclectic appeal. 


   Primland combines touches of elegance with a…


Added by Victor Block on February 26, 2021 at 9:11am — No Comments

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