Churchill Manitoba

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Churchill Manitoba We went to Churchill Manitoba Canada to see polar bears in their natural habitat. This 900-person frontier town is one of the true polar bear and beluga whale capitals of the world. Cloud cover permitting, it also provides a great opportunity to experience the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Churchill is located in [Read more …]

Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Winnipeg Exchange District

Most of our trips to Canada have been either to the east coast or the west coast. We have never been to Winnipeg. Not to knock the city, but it isn’t exactly a destination city for us. But Winnipeg was the gateway city for our next adventure….to Manitoba to see the polar bears. We made [Read more …]

New York City Restaurants- Fall 2018 update

The Pool The Pool is the sister restaurant to the Seagram Buildings, The Grill, is a dramatic space with roughly 30-foot ceilings and tranquil, thread-like floor-to-ceiling windows. Its food and service are as impressive as the space. We were intrigued by the whole branzino for two, grilled over what is claimed to be a special, [Read more …]

Jewish Museum New York City

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Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922 On our fall 2018 trip to New York City, the Jewish Museum was hosting an exhibit entitled  Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich: The Russian Avant-Garde in Vitebsk, 1918-1922. The exhibit portrays the groundbreaking work of these three artists and their protegees when teaching in Vitebsk in the [Read more …]

Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights

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The iconic Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Heights in New York City is another interesting area for walking. We took a Free Tours By Foot tour of the area, which we found less impressive and less informative than the same company’s New York City Downtour tour. Still, the area is worth exploring, so here we go. [Read more …]

Exploring Downtown New York City

Federal Hall

No matter how many times we visit New York City, we always enjoy taking walking tours. We recently walked through downtown New York City on a Free Tours By Foot. The area is steeped in history and is a fun area to explore. We explored four primary neighborhoods: the Financial District, Chinatown, Little Italy and [Read more …]

Hudson Valley New York

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The Hudson Valley follows the Hudson River in New York State from Albany, down to Westchester. It is a beautiful area and has some interesting museum, sculpture parks and, of course, some wineries. Hudson Valley Art We recently visited three excellent places to view art in the Hudson Valley. Art Omi Art Omi in Ghent [Read more …]

Boston Restaurants 2018

New restaurants, like new buildings, continue to come to the Boston area. With the notable help of several of our foodie friends, we discovered some new places to eat on our 2018 visit. Yvonne’s Yvonne’s is a hip, elegantly outfit remake of the venerable Locke Ober restaurant. Seven of us tried to make a mission [Read more …]

Boston Massachusetts

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We recently returned to Boston, where we had lived for over 20 years before moving to San Francisco. It was an opportunity to spend time with friends, revisit some old haunts and explore new places and restaurants. Boston Back Bay and South End We spent most of our time in the city reacquainting ourselves with [Read more …]

Martin Van Buren Historic Site

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Kinderhook New York is a pretty little town with a number of distinguished buildings. It is also the birthplace and retirement home (now a historic site) of Martin Van Buren. Martin Van Buren Historic Site Van Buren was a former New York Governor, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, Vice President and principle adviser to Andrew [Read more …]