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Exploring Death Valley: hike it, bike it, love it!

Exploring Death Valley: hike it, bike it, love it!

Visiting Death Valley National Park exceeded all our expectations. There is so much to explore in Death Valley! Before we visited, I had not appreciated just how diverse and interesting a desert landscape could be. We visited as part of a road trip in our RV and...

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Trip the Hike Fantastic: unforgettable hikes in the US

Trip the Hike Fantastic: unforgettable hikes in the US

We have been on several RV road trips in the US now and wherever we go, we always look for places to hike. Hiking opens up new areas to explore and really allows us to get into the nooks and crannies (literally!) of the landscape. We have been incredibly lucky to have...

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What is Arcosanti? Cult, commune or city of the future?

What is Arcosanti? Cult, commune or city of the future?

At the end of an amazing road trip through Arizona, we came upon Arcosanti. The website describes Arcosanti as one of the “cool places in Arizona to visit” and “one of the top tourist attractions”. Strange that we had never heard of it! The website for Arcosanti lists...

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What to see on Skye: a very Scottish experience!

What to see on Skye: a very Scottish experience!

What to see on Skye? Is it worth visiting this iconic Scottish island? The Isle of Skye is on many people’s list of places to visit in Scotland and it is easy to understand why. It is incredibly beautiful with a dramatic, rugged landscape: tall, craggy mountains; a...

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The Miracle of America Museum: a hidden gem

The Miracle of America Museum: a hidden gem

Rusty, dusty and full to the brim, the Miracle of America Museum is an Aladdin's Cave for anyone who loves history in the raw - or exploring junk shops ( - which I do!). Please do not misunderstand though: this is not junk ( - okay, well some of it is); there is real...

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The Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

The Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the US.   But is it the best? Is it worth visiting? And what are the highlights of Yellowstone? The responses to these questions are a matter of opinion and having visited Yellowstone...

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On the Whisky Trail – again!

On the Whisky Trail – again!

A quick trip away to Scotland recently gave us the opportunity to visit two more whisky distilleries on the Scotch Whisky Trail: Tullibardine and Fettercairn.  I have written about visiting whisky distilleries before . Visiting distilleries and wineries has become a...

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A Flying Visit to Chicago

A Flying Visit to Chicago

We just flew in from the windy city….! Actually, Chicago was not so much windy as freezing cold. Bright blue skies, fabulous sunshine, but teeth-clenchingly cold! And we did not fly in for this flying visit to Chicago; we drove! I had preconceived ideas about Chicago...

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Carry on Campervan: driving in North America

Carry on Campervan: driving in North America

Picture it: you are in a spaghetti tangle of flyovers on a multi-lane highway in a major North American city; it is blowing a blizzard; you are in a 28 foot long campervan; you are heading for the car rental section of the airport. Almost there. It is the last car...

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Measure for Measure: when is a pint not a pint?

Measure for Measure: when is a pint not a pint?

Discovering and celebrating the differences which exist in the world is a joy: I have written about this before (see Is travelling losing its mystique?). However, there is one area which leaves me bemused: standard units of measurement! Standard? Aye right! The whole...

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Travelling: is it losing its mystique?

Travelling: is it losing its mystique?

One of the joys of travelling is to experience different cultures in the world – the language, the food, the customs….but as technology makes the world smaller, is some of that wonderful diversity being lost? Parlez vous.... Last year we visited Japan (see related...

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Quirky Bits from our US Road Trip: wrecks, bats and RVs!

Quirky Bits from our US Road Trip: wrecks, bats and RVs!

When travelling, we sometimes come across some really unexpected, quirky places, exhibits or stories. Our last road trip through some of the eastern and southern states of the US was no exception. Here are a few such examples – in no particular order. The National...

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A Visit to Graceland

A Visit to Graceland

Visiting Graceland, home of Elvis Presley, fulfilled a lifelong ambition for me. I love Elvis. I love his music. I loved the man. He had so much charisma and frankly, he was beautiful. I was a teenager when he died and I cried. Visiting Graceland was an emotional...

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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

If you have any interest at all in geology or history,  Mammoth Cave National Park is a must. Mammoth Cave is the most extensive cave system in the world. Four hundred and twelve miles of tunnels, caverns and chambers deep below the earth's surface have been explored...

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On the Whiskey Trail!

On the Whiskey Trail!

Do you know the difference between Scottish malt whisky and American whiskey? Do you know what makes a bourbon a bourbon? Read on and all will be revealed! Having lived in Scotland for many years and having toured many of the Scottish whisky distilleries (see On the...

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Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Grand Design

Monticello: Thomas Jefferson’s Grand Design

Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, is now a World Heritage Site.  Designed by Jefferson himself, it is not only interesting as a building in its own right, but also because of what it reveals about the man himself. And frankly, we were shocked by what we...

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First time in Washington DC: where to go and what to see

First time in Washington DC: where to go and what to see

It was our first time in Washington DC. We knew very little about the city other than that it was the capital of the USA and that it had many famous landmarks which we had seen on television over the years. Until we had a “discussion” on the drive to Washington, I had...

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The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Visiting The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit is an unforgettable experience. Really. I like cars, but Peter is passionate about them. I was happy to go along and spend a couple of hours admiring a few jalopies, but I was completely wowed by The...

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