November 30, 2015


New York, New York: Four Museums in Four Days


I rather “over did” the Museum thing in NYC not too long ago. Four Museums in Four days. After spending ten days in Iceland (which I loved) I needed the bit of urban culture. A fix, if you will. NYC is a great spot for Museums—more than eighty three in a very small space. Let me […]

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November 23, 2015


Reykjavik: a lively place


Reykjavik, Iceland “It’s tiny, the weather usually sucks and not one single tree grows here, but it’s got the best clubs, bars and nightlife anywhere that I’ve found. The city is full of hipster types, but unlike the hipsters found in the U.S.A. and elsewhere in Europe, they have no pretenses and are always friendly […]

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November 16, 2015


Reykavik on Top Ten List of Cities to Visit!


Scrolling through Facebook recently, I came across a link to a post titled Ten Best Cities in the World to Visit.  Of course, I clicked to see what urban centers the author highlighted and how many I had hung out in. Oh my,  Reykjavik was right up there with Paris and San Francisco and other great urban destinations. […]

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November 9, 2015


Visiting the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick, Indiana


by Judy Bereza, guest blogger When we stayed at the West Baden Springs Hotel in September, we immediately wondered how such a historic and acclaimed resort hotel with the title of “USA Today Best Historic Resort in America for 2015” is located in a rather remote and secluded part of Indiana. And why is the little […]

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November 2, 2015


Taking a Photography Tour in Iceland


The two vans pulled up in front of a stunning black beach, huge rocks visible in the distance. Known as the “stacks’ in Iceland, they were plunked there centuries ago by a volcano and carved by a retreating glacier. The landscape in Iceland, a small very “new” land in terms of world history, is jam packed […]

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October 26, 2015


“Just go; take a hike?”


by Peggy DePersia, guest blogger Did anyone ever suggest that you: “Just go; take a hike”? There are certainly numerous ways that such a mandate might be interpreted but all kidding aside, have we got a hike for you! Though my husband, Jerry, and I are interested in similar kinds of experiences, it is often […]

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October 19, 2015


Back to the USSR in Tallinn, Estonia


  In Tallinn, I went on the most interesting tour I’ve ever been on.  It was  as much theater as anything. Organized through Blue Drum Tours, Olavi Andla, arrived to pick us up in an old Russian bus, dressed like a KGB officer. Before we knew it, the bus wouldn’t work so some of the folks […]

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October 12, 2015


St Petersburg: More Impressions


I did a blog post about the grandeur of St. Petersburg a couple of weeks ago. The city that Peter the Great established in 1600 is amazingly glamorous. Parks. Palaces. Gold and Gilt. Big on the tourist trak is visiting the lavish palaces, but we we saw other views on our brief visit there last […]

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October 5, 2015


ArtPrize 7


Another year has rolled around and, yep, it is ArtPrize time in Grand Rapids. This is when artists from all over the country and some from other countries take over our downtown with interesting and creative and perplexing and beautiful pieces of art in all media. ArtPrize changes every year with more or less outdoor […]

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September 28, 2015


Five Things to Love about Stockholm


I love Stockholm Gosh, I love Stockholm. So much to enjoy. It’s hard to narrow them down but I’m going to share five things I particularly will remember. Number 1: The Vasa Museum First and foremost is the Vasa Museum. I enjoyed and loved this so much I did a blog post on it already. […]

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