California: Panoramic Pacific Coast Highway

After an early morning flight, misplaced baggage and a long-tiring journey – it all worked out well when we landed in San Francisco to begin our ‘Christmas in California’ trip. Overcast skies and beautiful vistas awaited, as we decided to take the ‘Pacific Coast Highway’ (State Route 1) – known for a picturesque drive along the …

Bushkill Falls: Wonders of Poconos

‘I think we should go for the Blue Trail’. ‘No, the Red Trail covers all the eight falls, we should do this’. Well, that was our first day in Poconos and it began with the trail discussion – which went back & forth for sometime until we agreed to do the Red Trail. It wasn’t …

Reno: The Wonderful Biggest Little City in the World

Flickering lights and bitter winds greeted us on the streets of Reno on a cold January evening. The former gambling capital of the U.S, was aglow with the bright casino signs lined along the Virginia Street and the famous Arch. We parked our car and stepped out in the chilly weather. But not for long, as …

Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

The ‘World’s first true penitentiary’ designed in a wagon-wheel style opened in 1829 and was built “to create genuine regret and penitence in the criminal’s heart” (as per Eastern State Penitentiary website) It was the first and the most interesting attraction on our list of places to see in Philadelphia. And by eleven in the morning we …

Baltimore: Fort McHenry

A rainy day at the Fort McHenry. Baltimore is a beautiful city in Maryland and has the historic star-shaped Fort McHenry which is known for the War of 1812 and as the birthplace of the American National Anthem – ‘Star-Spangled Banner’. Our trip began with this important monument of American history. The exhibits displayed are …

New Haven: Sprawling Yale Campus

A cool spring day in New Haven looks perfect on the beautiful Yale campus. One of our many spontaneous trips and we were at the Yale visitor Center before noon. We opted for the guided tour as it gives a better idea of the place and a university student was our guide for the day. …

Savannah: Historic River Street

‘Doesn’t she look like … Paula Deen?’, I asked. ‘Yeah, she does’. ‘Well, we are in …… Savannah’. That was the lady who greeted us at the reception in the hotel. Her face looked so familiar, that I couldn’t stop myself from asking. And co-incidentally, Paula Deen is also from Savannah and there are many …

Thousand Islands: Houses on Water

Looking over a vast expanse, we could see the floating houses in the St. Lawrence River….. just open the door and step onto the water. That was our view from one of the cruises, which are very popular in Thousand Islands and it’s the best way to see all the lavish mansions and castles and even …

Brooklyn: Bridge on East River

“I jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and took a walk in 1876 today. I followed the Duke of Albany around old New York. Are you listening?”, Stuart says to Kate in the movie ‘Kate & Leopold’. Brooklyn Bridge in New York has been featured in numerous movies and is an iconic structure of the city. A …

Mardi Gras Parade: Time for the ‘Amazing Floats’

It was time for the pompous arrival of the Mardi Gras Floats on the Canal Street. And we were all waiting to see the magic happen. “The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24th, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus. They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats …

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