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6 Great Apps For Traveling

Traveling in unfamiliar places can be frustrating. Where’s the cheapest gas, the best food, free WiFi? Load these FREE apps and the answers will be at your finger tips. Don’t leave home without this FREE App! Gas prices can vary enormously by up to 20 cents a gallon or more. The Gasbuddy App will find the cheapest gas price in the USA or Canada by city/zip or postal … Continue reading 6 Great Apps For Traveling

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Travel Tips for Packing

You’ve researched, you’ve planned and you’ve booked. Now you’re counting down the days till you set off. Just the packing left to do. How well this stage goes will depend on what sort of packer you are. Read on for some tips you may have forgotten or just not seen. #1 Organize your case and compress your clothes at the same time If fitting everything in your suitcase … Continue reading Travel Tips for Packing

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April Showers and Flowers

The month of April is everything we are looking for after the winter. Glorious bursts of colors as flowers gently open to the warm rays of the sun. Travelling can be dull and boring, so brighten the experience by checking out nearby Botanical Gardens Nashville, TN Cheekwood Botanical Garden, not too far from the Scottish Inns Hotel located at 426 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210 Ranked #9 … Continue reading April Showers and Flowers

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November – The Thankful Month

Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Birthdays are all days that are familiar November opportunities for Americans to be Thankful. But November is a special month in many other countries too.   Diwali – India’s Festival of Lights that symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, took place in November this year. Over in the UK November 5th is always a huge celebration with bonfires and fireworks … Continue reading November – The Thankful Month

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It’s Not Too Late to Start A Bucket List . . . .

Is this on your bucket list?
Is this on your bucket list?
When it comes to what’s on a bucket list I would imagine some folks are more adventurous than others; like wanting to sky dive in the Swiss Alps or climb Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the Himalayas, but then again a lot of people just want to go somewhere they’ve never been before. That pretty much sums up my bucket list.

In doing my curating for this blog I happened upon an article by Travel & Leisure about the most visited tourism sites in the world, so I thought I would compare their list of 52 popular tourist sites with my list. Much to my amazement, it appears I’ve done that, been there, a lot!

New York City was ranked #1, and although I did not see Central park (ranked #2), attend a Broadway show or see Times Square; during my two brief trips to the Big Apple I did stretch my neck upward in seeking out as many iconic structures in the New York City skyline as I could. I was in awe of the Twin Towers, Empire State Building and other historic skyscrapers, and well remember the excitement I felt in experiencing such a vibrant city with its crescendo of honking horns and a myriad of voices adding to the overall din. Perhaps not a complete bucket list accomplishment, but close enough. Have you been to NYC?

Photo of Lincoln Memorial - Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Lincoln Memorial – Wikimedia Commons
I missed seeing #3, Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, but was fortunate enough to tour our nations’ capital and visit #30 National Air and Space Museum, #34 Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and #36, the Lincoln Memorial: sites that many, especially Americans, would like to visit. I still get goose bumps, and feel a sense of pride when I think of the history of our country through so many historic buildings and places in Washington, D.C. This a major bucket list must see!
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A Monumental Day Indeed!

Washington Monument at dusk, Wikimedia Commons image
Washington Monument at dusk, Wikimedia Commons image
It was just announced that the Washington Monument is reopening Monday, May 12, after a nearly 3-year long repair and restoration project due to an 8.5 magnitude earthquake that damaged the Monument in August of 2011.

Washington Monument during cherry blossom time, Wiki News image
Washington Monument during cherry blossom time, Wiki News image
Although I have seen the monument fairly up close when I traveled to our nation’s capital, I did not tour the “world’s tallest free-standing stone structure,” but it appears I was one of 700,000 (based on statistics) visitors a year. I would imagine also that many did not know the structure, when completed in 1884, had been the tallest in the world [for five years] until the Eiffel Tower was completed in Paris. Not bad for a 130 year old, although some could say 166 years old since its original construction began in 1848.

Who could question that one of the most beautiful sites in America is seeing the Washington Monument at dawn or dusk, its obelisk shape stretching high into the sky. Is it any wonder that it is highly photographed, no matter the time of year, although popular photo are often seen during the cherry blossom blooming season.

Brooklyn Bridge, cy 2008, as depicted in Wikipedia.org
Brooklyn Bridge, cy 2008, as depicted in Wikipedia.org

After reading about the Washington monument being 130 years old I wondered what other tourism finds have withstood the sands of time and found several other note-worthy structures, such as the Brooklyn Bridge which took 13 years to complete at a price tag of $15.5 million dollars (about the same amount for the Washington Monument restoration). The bridge’s grand opening in May 1883 caused a “hoopla” with thousands in attendance while fireworks went off overhead and canons boomed and music filled the air while President Chester Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland (who later became president of the U.S.) joined New York’s mayor celebrating this auspicious occasion.
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Trekking to Historic Theatres

President Abraham Lincoln, presidential box in Ford's Theatre
President Abraham Lincoln, presidential box in Ford’s Theatre
April 15th is probably more-well known as being the deadline to pay one’s Federal and State Taxes foreshadowing a date that has gone down in history. The headlines magnified April 14th as the day the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, was shot and mortally wounded, although Lincoln did not die until the morning of April 15, 1865.

This horrific event occurred in Ford’s Theatre, at the hands of John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor turned assassin. There had been a number of stories associated with the assassination of the President, including (years later) that Ford’s Theater was cursed since more than one tragedy occurred there.

Ford's Theatre in 1870 and in 2011
Ford’s Theatre in 1870 and in 2011

Unless you are a history buff you may not have known Ford’s theatre was originally built in 1833 as a House of Worship until 1861, when the First Baptist Church of Washington, DC moved to a newly built structure. John T. Ford bought the church, renovated it for a theatre, only to be destroyed by fire one year later. Not to be discouraged, Ford rebuilt the structure and opened the magnificent “thespian temple” in August 1863. Its theatre fame, however, was short lived. Following Lincoln’s assassination an order was given that Ford’s Theatre was prohibited from being used as a public place for entertainment, thus the building was used for other purposes for a number of years.
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