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 …]

Memphis Tennessee Restaurants

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Memphis Restaurants Restaurant Iris We started dinner with two missteps: The craw fish beignet with sauce ravigote which was so dry and tasteless that we returned it Our baked Alaskan halibut with edamame, shrimp dumpling, bacon, butter dashi and broiled daikon was also overcooked and returned. The reordered halibut dish, by contrast, was wonderful as [Read more …]

Memphis Tennessee Blues

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Although they are both in Tennessee, Nashville Tennessee and Memphis Tennessee are very different. While Nashville seems to have few buildings that are more than ten years old, Memphis seems to have few, if any that are less than ten years. Nashville streets are jammed with traffic, but Memphis’ were generally empty. Yet Memphis does [Read more …]

Nashville Restaurants and Hotel

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Nashville Restaurants Lest one think that our only Nashville nourishment came from alcohol, we did also managed to squeeze in a little time for food. Our meals, however, consisted of only one fine-dining restaurant. The rest focused on the city’s culinary specialties of barbeque and “hot chicken”. Marsh House The Marsh House was our one [Read more …]

Nashville Museums

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Nashville Tennessee is well known for its honky-tonk bars, partying and its music scene. But it also has some interesting museums—many of which explore its musical history. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum This museum is a celebration of the country music culture. It is home to more than 200,000 audio recordings, 500,000 photos, [Read more …]

The Jungle: Bringing Calais France to San Francisco

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The Jungle Sometimes we forget history and it takes a good play to remind us.The Jungle is one such play. It reminds us of the horror that African and Middle Eastern refugees faced when they fled their countries in hopes of gaining amnesty in England. Twp. men who volunteered and created a theater at a [Read more …]

Nashville Tennessee

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The Changing Face of Nashville Tennessee We last visited Nashville Tennessee many years ago. Although we are not fans of Country and Western music, we enjoyed the bustle of Broadway Street’s honky tonks, the fun, but somewhat kitchy show of the Grand Ole Opry, and the overarching culture of music that pervades the city. It [Read more …]

D.C. Restaurants

Washington restaurants come and go. While we have favorites, we always try to find new places. On our 2019 trip to Washington DC, we had a chance to explore some new places to eat. St. Anselm We made a meal of small plates at this American tavern. Tom enjoyed the grilled clams with chanteuse , [Read more …]

Washington DC Museums– Spring 2019

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Our last visit to Washington DC was a few years ago What better time to go back than in spring. We began with several of the city’s incomparable collection of free museums that are part of the National Treasure that is the Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of African-American History Get Tickets in Advance We didn’t [Read more …]

New York City Museums and Exhibitions–Spring 2019

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O our recent trip to New York City, we caught up with some museums and special exhibits. If you are planning on a trip there soon, some of these exhibits should still be around. Brant Foundation’ Jean-Michel Basquiat Exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat is a high school dropout and graffiti street artist who turned neo-expressionist master’s paintings, [Read more …]