Category Cultural Attractions (Museums, Historical Sites, Etc.)

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Five

June 9 – 14 At 34 miles and about 600 feet of climbing, this would be the longest day of the three of riding.  Our destination would be the small town of Villandry, chosen simply because the distance was just about right for the day and there is a chateau there that Joanna could visit.  […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Three

June 9 – 14 We had some time to relax at the bus stop before its arrival, and then a ride of 20-minutes or so before landing at Château de Chambord for the rest of the afternoon.  We walked from the bus stop to the entrance to pay our entry fee of 14-euros apiece, the […]

Europe 2022 – Loire Valley, Part Two

June 9 – 14 Because of its history, the Loire Valley is home to more than a thousand castles and palaces of all shapes and sizes.  When a “valley address” became a must-have among 16th-century hunting-crazy royalty, rich Renaissance palaces replaced outdated medieval castles.  Hundreds of these castles and palaces are open to visitors, and […]

Europe 2022 – Paris, Part Three

June 6 – 8 With another round of sightseeing on tap that morning, we were disappointed to discover that our favorite bakery around the corner was closed that day.  Rats!!  Undaunted, we walked down Avenue Parmentier in hopes of finding a substitute when lo and behold, two very long blocks found us in front of […]

Europe 2022 – Paris, Part Two

June 6 – 8 As reported earlier, I left Café Maa and entered the Musee Cluny for what would turn out to be an entertaining and enlightening visit.  The big attraction in this museum of the Middle Ages is the remnants of the third century Gallo-Roman baths known as the Thermes de Cluny, thermal baths […]

Europe 2022 – Amsterdam, Part Two

June 2 – 5 I’ve been to Amsterdam six times and Joanna has made four visits including the ten nights we spent there in 2014, so, we didn’t feel compelled to hit every tourist site in town, indeed we had to do some searching to find one that we hadn’t been to.  And that turned […]

KC Wedding – Natchez Trace, Part Six

April 29 – May 4 We left downtown with no other touristy motive than to drive around a bit and as we ascended the onramp to the freeway noticed a bridge in the near distance that caught our attention.  We steered the car in that direction and after some circling, found a parking lot that […]

KC Wedding – Natchez Trace, Part Five

April 27 – May 9 We left Tuscumbia with a moderate seven-hour day ahead of us that would get us more than halfway to Galveston and our date with orthopedic destiny.  Our stop that night would be at the SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western in Hammond, Louisiana, the chain’s budget level offering in their […]

KC Wedding – Natchez Trace, Part Four

April 27 – May 9 As planned, we spent the morning taking care of errands leaving the afternoon free to do the one thing we’d come here for, that is to tour one of the famous sound studios in the area.  There are three available, but the two worth visiting are: FAME Studios and Muscle […]

KC Wedding – Natchez Trace, Part Three

April 27 – May 9 On the way to the entrance to the Trace we stopped, as mentioned in the prior post, for a couple of really, really good donuts at The Donut Shop Café, a combo donut shop and small café serving breakfast items.  We polished off two of those bad boys plus kept […]