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 […]

Mardi Gras Parade: It’s all about the People

Yes, it is all about the people. People who ride on the floats wearing masks, people who parade down the streets (some while holding a flamboyant dog), people who play in the band, people who are dressed in vibrant costumes and not to forget – people who are the audience – “If you are not […]

Mardi Gras Parade: The Cars, the Bikes & the Carriages

The February Carnival or Mardi Gras, is a celebration to witness atleast once in a lifetime. Festivities go on for over fifteen days and New Orleans gets splashed with the brightest of hues – the colors of Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold. For the history enthusiasts like myself – these three colors were […]

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