The Rich are Different – Newport, RI

If you don’t know about the mansions in Newport, you are missing some gorgeous homes that once belonged to American ‘royalty’. Names like Vanderbilt, Whitney, and more, built mid to late 1800s and into early 1900s. These were summer homes, used for 4-6 weeks per year and where the wealthy met other wealthies, hopefully to … Continue reading The Rich are Different – Newport, RI

Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield makes for an emotional visit. Opened only in 2005, it was created as one of the first “experience museums” by BRC Imagination Arts, a production agency that is more Disney than history. The museum “combines priceless historical artifacts with BRC's innovative, contemporary storytelling technologies.” This is no old-fashioned … Continue reading Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL

Harvest Table, Barbara Kingsolver’s restaurant

Following up on her bestseller, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, author Barbara Kingsolver and family opened up a farm-to-table restaurant in Meadowview, Virginia, near her family home and farm. And it happened to be on the route of our southbound trip this fall. Only a few miles off the highway, Meadowview is so small you could easily … Continue reading Harvest Table, Barbara Kingsolver’s restaurant

Antigua, Guatemala, Holy Week

The lovely colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala is where we spend most of our Holy Week tour each year. Streets are cobble-stoned, houses painted pastel colors, churches on every corner. During the Lenten season, so much more is going on, including creating gorgeous carpets, or alfombras, on the streets. The alfombras are made from flower … Continue reading Antigua, Guatemala, Holy Week