Washington, D.C. Science and History Museums—Spring 2015

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  As with our return trips to most of our favorite cities, this trip focused on museums, walking tours (both guided and independent) and of course, restaurants. We devoted so much time to museums and visitor centers that we have divided these stops into two posts: One focused on art museums and on science [Read more …]

Washington, D.C. Art Museums—Spring 2015

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  As with our return trips to most of our favorite cities, this trip focused on museums, walking tours (both guided and independent) and of course, restaurants. We devoted so much time to museums and visitor centers that we have divided these stops into two posts: One focused on art museums and on history [Read more …]

Reviewing the Marines in Quantico, VA

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We have passed Quantico on a number of drives, but never got around to stopping, this trip we did. Quantico is the home to one of the nation’s largest U.S. Marine facilities and the headquarters of its Combat Development Command. It is also home of the: National Museum of the Marine Corps [Read more …]

An Express Driving Tour of Winston-Salem and Greensboro

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  We had a long day’s drive that would take us through both Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Although we had little time to spend in either, we were able to at least find time for lunch and catch street-side views of some of the cities’ primary sights.   Winston-Salem We did, [Read more …]

Charleston Historic Sights, Museums and Homes

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  Although we began our search for Charleston’s history with a couple of guided walking tours (see our June 27 post), one can’t help but to absorb some of the city’s history just by walking the historic streets, both of the southern section of the old city (most of which was destroyed and rebuild [Read more …]

Revisiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium

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We recently returned to our favorite aquarium in Monterey California. What a fascinating way to spend a day, staring at cute, playful sea otters, being mesmerized by iridescent jellyfish and trying to identify many of the pelagic giants in the museum’s huge, room-sized tank. We again surveyed the entire aquarium, arranged generally by aquatic environment, [Read more …]

New York City Museum and Art Update—Beyond the Whitney

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The highlight of our New York museum and art experience was our opening day excursion to the incredible Whitney Museum. We were, as discussed in detail, loved the building design and were fully engaged by its inaugural exhibit on the history of American art since the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit, titled "America [Read more …]

Catching Up with San Francisco Museums – Summer 2014

One of the few downsides of regular travel is that it often forces you to miss or at least postpone taking advantage of things in your home city. And since so much is always happening in San Francisco, there is a lot to miss. Fortunately, our summer trips were outside of theater season, which meant [Read more …]

New York City Art Update: May 2014

Four full days is never enough in New York. It certainly cramps our museum-going activities, forcing us to miss some perennial favorites (especially MOMA, Frick and the Metropolitan). And this was despite the fact that we has to miss two Frank Lloyd Wright exhibits. (This disappointment, however, was totally mitigated by the fact that the [Read more …]

San Francisco’s New and Improved Embarcadero

The Embarcadero, between the Ferry Building and Pier 39, used to be something of a wasteland occupied by underutilized Piers and a few long-standing restaurants, such as Waterfront and Butterfly. Now, with the opening of the Exploratorium and the America’s Cup Village, it has emerged, at least through September, as one of the [Read more …]