April 2015

3 Highly Underrated American Destinations

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The H20 Pool at Golden Nugget Casino, Biloxi MS
Chuck Thu, 2015-04-30 07:30
We travel bloggers are obligated by the Travel Blogger’s Oath to tell you, our dear readers, of places to go that you likely have never heard of, or at least haven’t considered going to. It is seemingly our job to convince you that certain of the places we’ve been, no matter how mundane, backwater, or devoid of any other redeeming tourist value they may be, are places you MUST go to. Now! Because, you see, only us travel bloggers are able to convince you of the visit-worthy qualities of places like Toefungus Tunisia, Pilodung Poland, and Touristkill Trinidad. So, our friends, today’s blog is...

We're Nomads Now!

Chuck Tue, 2015-04-28 07:30
Winter behind us, we settled into the final stretch of making the official switch to full-time nomads: we completed the sale of our house on March 30. There’s no going back at this point. By the time you read this, we’ll have crossed the Atlantic, as we blogged about here a couple of months ago, this time eastbound and aboard the Norwegian Epic. Look for the inevitable blogs on how this transatlantic crossing compares with our last crossing aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 in December. When, and where, will you settle down again? It’s a common question we’ve been hearing lately. The official...

Last Stop: An Ancestor's Grave in North Carolina

Chuck Sat, 2015-04-25 07:30
A few years ago, we both had a renewed interest in our respective ancestry. As Chuck's father's condition worsened in 2011, we had the opportunity to ask him lots of questions before we lost him. It wasn't until the next year, 2012, that Lori bought me a subscription to Ancestry.com, however, and some of the things we subsequently learned would have been immeasurably fun to relate to Dad. One of those things that we learned is that we have an American Revolutionary War hero in our family tree. It's possible that Dad knew or had heard this at some point, but perhaps it had been forgotten. To...

New York's Ambassador Theatre

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Chicago The Musical
Chuck Thu, 2015-04-23 07:30
Add theatre to our list of favorite travel activities. In London we saw "Wicked" and loved it. In New York, we saw "Chicago", and yes, we loved it. Lest you think we're "big production" snobs, we also saw the community pantomime in Kirkby Stephen , England...and loved it too. Now, the original plan was for us to join Scott and Angela to see "Mama Mia"; tickets to this particular Saturday's show had been his Christmas present to her. But timing, supply and demand, what have you, left us with only prohibitively expensive ticket options to that show. Instead, we had dinner with them, saw them...

Swing 46, Big Band Dancing On The West Side

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Swing46's Band Stand, New York
Chuck Tue, 2015-04-21 07:30
It's funny how happenstance can be such a great thing. This couldn't be more true when traveling, which is perhaps one of the most exciting and fun aspects of travel. Back in December, when we stepped off the Queen Mary 2 into New York after 6 months in Europe, we had just one day to enjoy the Big Apple before we set off to rendezvous with family in Maryland. We took a cab from the cruise terminal in Brooklyn to our hotel. Despite clear directions to the cabbie, including showing him the address of the hotel from the reservation confirmation email, he turned right off 10th Avenue onto West...

The American Museum of Natural History, New York

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - American Museum of Natural History, New York
Chuck Sat, 2015-04-18 07:30
Our friends Scott and Angela finally managed to get into New York late Friday evening, and after a surprise breakfast (Angela had no idea we were in New York and that we'd meet them) we decided on a day at the American Museum of Natural History. Like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this is a massive museum dedicated to all things from the natural world. It is, in fact, a veritable campus of buildings (nearly 30) and exhibit halls (45) across the street from Central Park. The exhibits draw from the museum's collection of 32 million (give or take a few) artifacts, from plants, meteors, dinosaur...

Images of George Washington

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Bust of George Washington at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chuck Thu, 2015-04-16 07:30
Bust of George Washington at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art His face is probably the most recognizable, anywhere in the world, of that of any political figure in history. We'd like to think it's because of the ideals he stood for, the principles he instilled into the United States of America. But the practical explanation is, of course, that his visage is nearly synonymous with the most ubiquitous currency in the world, the American dollar bill. Starting with visits to Mount Vernon and Valley Forge, our winter road trip practically became the "George Washington" trip. It was...

New York's Central Park at Winter

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Central Park, New York, with Snow
Chuck Fri, 2015-04-10 07:30
With spring settling in nicely, we can say goodbye to winter with these views of New York's Central Park covered with snow. Until next year, winter! Bridge in Central Park Skier in Central Park Sledders in Central Park

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - The Entrance to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art
Chuck Wed, 2015-04-08 07:30
With our yearly fill of skiing accomplished, it was time to turn south for the long drive home. Susan and Randy had decided they needed to get home earlier than us, so we drove them to Boston, deposited them at Logan airport, then headed to the Big Apple...just as NYC was getting battered with another round of wet, slushy snow. The plan was to get into New York early Thursday, our friends Scott and Angela would fly in later that evening from Atlanta, and we'd enjoy the weekend with them and get in a Broadway show. But, as luck would have it, that was the very day that--because of the weather...

Sugar and Spice is Everything Nice

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Sugar & Spice Sign, Rutland, Vermont
Chuck Mon, 2015-04-06 07:30
In today's special (free bonus!) blog, and before we turn back south to begin the long journey home, we thought we'd wrap up on our stay in Vermont with a plug for another of our favorite corners of the world, Sugar & Spice restaurant just east of Rutland, Vermont on Highway 4. Lest this wonderful little place go the way of Casey's Caboose , should you ever get to Vermont--winter or summer--we recommend you make your way to this little maple shack for an awesome treat of pancakes and locally-produced maple syrup. Who doesn't like pancakes and maple syrup? Sugar & Spice, On Highway 4...

Happy Easter from Chuck and Lori!

Chuck Sun, 2015-04-05 06:00
We just wanted to take a moment to wish you and your family a very happy and very special Easter. It's days like this that we most cherish family and that we most miss the loved ones who have gone before us. We hope this message finds you and all your loved ones happy and healthy.

Ben And Jerry's Factory Tour, Waterbury, Vermont

Chuck and Lori's Travel Blog - Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Van
Chuck Sat, 2015-04-04 07:30
"I've always wanted to do that, and you've never taken me!" Guys, how many times have you heard that one? With Lori's gauntlet thrown down, we were headed to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream factory in Waterbury, Vermont. It's not that I never wanted to go: it's more that every one of the dozen-ish times we've been to Vermont, we had paid a couple of thousand dollars to get to Killington, to stay at (or near) Killington, and to ski down Killington. When you pay for a ski vacation, you..well...ski. Touring an ice cream factory, as quirky-fun as it might wind up being, was never high on the list. Of...