.All Trips / California / Food / North America / Southwestern USA

Roadfood — the best “American” food out there!

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When many people think of “American food” they envision fast food — McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell and the like.  These have their place — inexpensive, reasonable meals, quickly served and widely available.  Those who have traveled with children know how handy stopping at a McDonalds with a play gym can be.  Fast food is successful because people support these restaurants.  That said, except when needing a quick meal while traveling, I rarely eat at fast food chains.

That’s because I enjoy reasonably priced, family-run restaurants which prepare great food, of which there are thousands in the United States.  You might find some of these by searching “Yelp” or “TripAdvisor”, but by far the most useful website for me is

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.All Trips / Alberta / Food / North America / Western Canada

Calgary Farmer’s Market

30 Calgary Farmer’s Market

Farmer’s markets in regions that have four seasons are, as you’d expect, different in character than those you find in tropical climates.  Harvest is seasonal, so the best times to visit them is during the summer and early fall.  Many Farmers’ markets in North America are only open during the summer months, shuttering for the winter.  But not so for the larger markets in big cities.

Those markets that are open all year round need to adapt to the changes in the season.  Most will be in an enclosed building which can be heated when needed (and which keeps you dry and cool in the summer, too).  The local produce in the winter season is much more limited and includes produce …

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.All Trips / Car Culture / Central Canada / Manitoba / North America

Great Cars along the Highway…. Winnipeg

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A beautiful classic car spotted while visiting my dad in Winnipeg.  It was parked in the lot of a shopping mall — well removed from all other vehicles (wisely so, I think).   One of my  classic cars, a 1957 Chevy Bel-Air.  Obviously lovingly maintained.  I didn’t get to talk to the owner, but I think the photos tell their own story.

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.All Trips / Europe / Poland

Exploring Poland’s “Underground Salt Cathedral”, the Wieliczka Salt Mine

Wieliczka Salt Mine Tour 10-2015 (90)

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is situated in southern Poland, in the town of Wieliczka. less than a half hour’s drive from Krakow.  It’s a historic place with salt having be excavated here since prehistoric times and the mine itself opening in the 13th century, making it one of the world’s oldest salt mines.  The mine produced table salt until 2007 when it closed (because of the low price of salt at the time and flooding of portions of the mine) and turned its attention to tourism.  It’s become a popular tourist site with over a million visitors a year.  More than 38 million visitors have seen the attractions in this mine since it opened to the public.

n 1978 the Wieliczka …

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.All Trips / Central USA / North America / Utah

Dinosaur National Monument — Fossil Bone Quarry, Utah

12 Dinosaur National Monument.  Fossil Bone quarry site

Situated in a remote region of northwestern Colorado and extending into eastern Utah, you’ll find Dinosaur National Monument.  This is Green River country, the river winding through memorable rock formations and desert landscapes.  But the real treasure of the region is what’s beneath the ground.  You’ll find some of the world’s largest deposits of dinosaur bones in Dinosaur National Monument.  Our visit today is to the monument’s Fossil Bone Quarry.

In 1909 paleontologist Earl Douglass, working for the Carnegie Museum, discovered plant and animal fossils at this site.  A quarry was established revealing rich deposits of Jurassic-era dinosaur bones.  Dinosaur National Monument was created in 1915, initially protecting 80 acres in the quarry area but now expanded to 210,844 …

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.All Trips / Massachusetts / North America / Northeastern USA

Signs of Boston

03 Signs of Boston

I’m fond of looking at a city’s signage, and often find it a reflection of that city’s personality.  I’ve previously published a few galleries featuring signs I’ve encountered in different cities.

Boston was a delight for me in this regard.  Lots of clever signs, many beautifully crafted, now to be shared with you.  I hope you find most of them as entertaining as I did:

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

Breathtaking! Monreal Cathedral, Sicily

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Situated a few miles from the coastal city of Palermo is a beautiful mosaic-filled  cathedral in the Sicilian hill town of Monreal.  This church and the other Arab-Norman cathedrals of Palermo recently received recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Monreal cathedral and its adjoining abbey are often cited as Sicily’s best examples of its unique Arab-Norman architecture.  The cathedral dates to the 12th century when Norman ruler William II (William the Good) founded a monastery here and then added the Duomo (cathedral).  William wanted this to be an important royal church and he is buried here (although none of his successors are).

Outside the Duomo is a relatively plain church, with the exception of the beautifully designed apses.   As you …

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.All Trips / Food / Nevada / North America / Southwestern USA / Travel Talk

Breakfast at Mary’s Hash House, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Anyone who stumbled onto this blog searching for “hashish” might as well leave, because that’s not what this post is about.  It’s about good food, not good weed.

The Las Vegas food scene has changed a lot since I first visited the city many years ago.  Vegas used to be a place that catered mostly to hard-core gamblers (a description that in no way describes me).  Food was cheap, often not that great, and used to lure gamblers into an establishment.  For example, I recall “all you can eat” breakfast buffets for $0.99, lunch buffets for $1.99 and dinner buffets for $3.99.  Foot long hot dogs or large shrimp cocktail — $0.99.  Those prices were hard to beat!

Fast forward three decades …

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