Syracuse New York Museums

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We grew up in Syracuse New York. While that is not a reason for our readers to go there with us, some of the museums in Syracuse New York are noteworthy of a visit if you are in the area as we were recently. Erie Canal Museum If you grew up along the canal path, [Read more …]

International Pinot Noir Celebration, Willamette Valley

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For Pinot Noir fans, there is no better event then the International Pinot Noir Celebration or IPNC. IPNC is an annual celebration that is probably the premier global pinot-focused event in the city. Although roughly 60 percent of the hundreds of participating vendors in 2018 were from Oregon, it also has a number of representative [Read more …]

Highlights of the South Pacific Islands: From Polynesia to Micronesia in Two Months

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Two months is barely enough time to scratch the surface of traveling through a huge, spread-out and diverse region that consists of hundreds of inhabited islands, thousands of uninhabited islets and hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean. Transportation is challenging. Some destinations are served by only one or two flights per week and [Read more …]

Papua New Guinea: A Nation Lost in Time

It is always nice to travel to a new place. As part of our South PAcific trip, we spent 10 days in Papua New Guinea. But before we get into our adventures, here’s a little bit about the country. Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is commonly called PNG. The very name elicits images of [Read more …]

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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When we lived in Boston, MA, we spent a fair amount of time on Cape Cod (“the Cape”). Now that we live on the west coast, we don’t get to the area as often. This summer we decided to go back—our first time in more than 10 years. Our motivation for the trip was to [Read more …]

New York City—Museums Summer 2017

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New York City Museums and Galleries Cooper-Hewitt Our first visit to this museum of design was timed for its exhibit profiling the Jazz Age, with its Art Deco architecture, innovative design, art and film and the ways in which these and the contemporaneous popularization of radio had on American (and to a lesser extent, European) [Read more …]

New York City, Summer 2017

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We just returned from our semi-annual excursion to New York City. It entailed our typical diet of theater, museums, galleries, new (at least to us) restaurants, other assorted sites and attractions and miles and miles of walking. In other words, the same itinerary as all of our NYC trips. Only the names of the shows, [Read more …]

Carnaval: San Francisco Style

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May 28, 2017 marked the date of San Francisco’s 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco celebration. The celebration, which is held in San Francisco’s atmospheric and traditionally (at least before highly-paid tech employees boosted real estate prices to the point that previous residents were forced to leave) Mission District. It began with a huge, multi-hour morning [Read more …]

A Sampling of Upscale and Hip Mexico City Neighborhoods

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Like many cities, Mexico City has multiple interesting areas, each with its own character. This blog takes a brief look at some of those areas. Reforma Our exposure to Reforma was generally limited to the main street—Paseo de la Reforma. We walked the elegant avenue from the Historic District to Palenco. The area around the [Read more …]

SFMOMA, Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn: What’s Not to Like?

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San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been opened for almost a year now and we have been enjoying our membership there (at least, when we are in town). Currently, it has a special exhibit that we visited. SFMOMA Matisse and Diebenkorn Exhibit SFMOMA’s Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibition traces the extension of Henri Matisse’s innovative treatment [Read more …]