Category Archives: Tourism

Russia’s Cultural Capital

I’ve only had the opportunity to visit Saint Petersburg once, but I loved every minute that I spent in Russia’s cultural capital. The absolutely stunning video below offers enchanting aerial views of the gorgeous city. Saint Petersburg is captured in … Continue reading

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Sundry Sunday Seven

January 1, 2022 was Public Domain Day here in the USA. Among the works entering the public domain was Heminway’s great novel The Sun Also Rises. The Center for the Study of the Public Domain lists thousands of books and recordings … Continue reading

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Books Saved the Town, Now the Internet Is Killing It

Four decades ago, the little Belgian town of Redu was revitalized by its transformation into the Village Du Livre. The village that had been shrinking fast as farm jobs disappeared and families moved away. But in the mid-1980s, a group of … Continue reading

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Cranes are flying

The end of the year always seems like the appropriate time to clear out my overwhelming cache of saved images. Of course there are lots of travel posters. This time I found a small collection of Japanese travel related posters. … Continue reading

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A Merry Underground Christmas

For more than a century, London Transport has used posters to promote travel around the winter holidays. At Christmas, festive posters would appear on the network to encourage travelling via Underground for Christmas shopping or to get to winter sales, … Continue reading

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New York On Ice

One of the most popular diversions in New York City during the winter holiday season is ice skating in the world famous Central Park. The skating pond in Central Park first opened to the public on December 19, 1858 and … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of the World’s First Social Network

Up until quite recently, I was a habitual buyer of postcards during my travels. Mind you, I rarely ever sent the postcards to anyone, but rather keep them as reminders of the places that I had visited. When I was young, postcards … Continue reading

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Like a stock photo you can sleep in

The pitch-perfect SNL commercial (below) featuring Kate McKinnon & Billie Eilish advertises the ubiquitous, bland, budget hotel that can be found all across North America. I’ve stayed in way too many over the years. Our rooms provide every comfort required … Continue reading

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But, Where Are You Really From

Most folks go through life without ever being asked “where are you really from”, but people from a minority ethnic background or mixed racial heritage are frequently subjected to the intrusive question. Here in North America this is an all to common … Continue reading

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Questions of Travel

There are too many waterfalls here; the crowded streams hurry too rapidly down to the sea, and the pressure of so many clouds on the mountaintops makes them spill over the sides in soft slow-motion, turning to waterfalls under our … Continue reading

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