Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) is a section of the state located north of Wisconsin and sandwiched between the beautiful coastlines of Lake Michigan (to the south) and Lake Superior (to the North). While originally a site for trapping and lumber, and by the 19th century, especially mining iron and copper, it now primarily serves as [Read more …]

Spring Green Wisconsin


We are big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our main reason to visit Spring Green Wisconsin was to return to Taliesin East, Frank Lloyd Wright’s (FLW) primary home, studio and school. Taliesin is Welsh for “Shining Brow”. The site is accessible via a range of tours. We chose the two-hour Highlights Tour, which includes interiors [Read more …]

Madison Wisconsin

Madison State Capital building

We had never been to the Madison Wisconsin and were anxious to explore the state capital/college town. We began in the state capital with its lovely, domed rotunda and exhibit touting the state’s role in pioneering women’s suffrage and its being the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. Unfortunately, we were visiting the city [Read more …]

Milwaukee Wisconsin

Wisconsin Cheese mart

Milwaukee Wisconsin is known for its beer. Yes, we sampled beer (more later in this blog), but we also found some other interesting attractions Milwaukee Old World 3rd Street District We especially enjoyed walking the 1000 block of Milwaukee’s Old World Third Street District. Particularly interesting were: Wisconsin Cheese Mart. This store had the largest [Read more …]

Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin

Joyce and Tom in Wisconsin Dells boat tour

Wisconsin Dells is a summer resort town that is built around water—especially the Dalles, or Dells. The Dells is a 15-mile-long river channel that was cut through 150 feet of soft sandstone during the Ice Age. A hydroelectric dam has since split the channel into two sections: the Lower and the Upper Dells, each of [Read more …]

Door County Wisconsin


Door County Wisconsin Door County Wisconsin is on a peninsula between Green Bay Wisconsin and Lake Michigan Wisconsin. It has 19 communities and 300 miles of shoreline around a laid-back resort peninsula that protrudes into Lake Michigan. While its initial economy was based on fishing and shipbuilding, it is now focused on artists and tourism. [Read more …]

Galena Illinois

Dowling House

We had been to this lovely Western Illinois home town of Ulysses S. Grant briefly, once before. We made a brief return visit on our way to the Wisconsin Dells. Galena was a lead mining and transportation center on a tributary near the Mississippi. It was a boom town in the early 19th century, when [Read more …]

New Orleans Restaurants and Hotel

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New Orleans Restaurants Compere Lapin turned out to be our favorite New Orleans restaurant on this trip. Although we usually share different dishes, we were both so intrigued by the sound of the fried oyster sandwich (topped with a moderately-spiced pickled vinaigrette salad and pineapple tartar sauce) and a side of house-made fennel chips that [Read more …]

Natchez Mississippi

Stanton Hall

Antebellum Natchez Mississippi Natchez Mississippi is a lovely, small city built atop a tall bluff over the Mississippi. Its historic district has the largest collection of antebellum homes in the country. Since it used to be home to some of the country’s most wealthy cotton plantation owners, it has a number of beautiful mansions which [Read more …]

Vicksburg Mississippi

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Vicksburg Mississippi We traveled to Vicksburg Mississippi especially for the Vicksburg National Military Park. But while there, we also had time for a brief exploration of the city. While we were quite disappointed by the early closing of the Old Depot museum (an old railroad station) with its film, diorama and explanation of the “Gibraltar [Read more …]