Adventure U.S. Washington DC

Historic Clifton: Small Town USA

Historic Clifton will reel you in like a fisherman dangling a worm off his rod. I knew this Virginia town’s small-time vibe “hooked” me when we drove down Main Street, and I saw the Texaco gas station sign. Had we time-traveled back to the 1950s? As if to further confuse me, a mustard yellow vintage Triumph Spitfire 1500 was parked in front of the The Main Street Pub in Clifton’s historic general store.  We parked on Main Street before the…

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Pope-Leighey House: Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House

Visiting the Pope-Leighey House is a dream come true for any Frank Lloyd Wright fan. It is a “magnificent example of early Usonian design accessible to the public to enjoy,” according to www.franklloydwright.com. I am obsessed with this American architect. While I dislike his narcissistic personality and bombastic temperament, I unabashedly love his buildings. His modern design connected the indoors with the outdoors in an organic way that was revolutionary in the 20th century. “Frank Lloyd Wright, widely considered one…

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Old Ellicott City: More Than Just a Historic & Shopping District

Old Ellicott City (OEC) is an old mill town founded by Quaker brothers. It has survived countless floods (including Hurricane Agnes). If you’re visiting Washington D.C. or Baltimore, schedule a detour to “the town with a river and seven hills.” It reminded me of the historic towns of Berkeley Spring, West Virginia and Beaufort, North Carolina. “Discover 80+ shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, and salons.” OEC wants you to know it is “more than just a historic and shopping district.” Old…

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Dylan Thomas Centre: Swansea, Wales

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas died too soon, but his poems will live forever in his books and museum. I love visiting museums dedicated to writers’ lives, so I decided to visit the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales. The interactive museum displays a permanent collection of exhibits on the poet’s life and work. (I also wrote about the James Joyce Centre in Dublin, Ireland.) Famous Dylan Thomas Poems The most famous Dylan poem is “Do not go gentle into that…

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Kefalonia: Greek Island Paradise

Immerse yourself in Kefalonia, a green island that offers many pursuits, including Greek history and culture. “Throw your guidebook away. Why do you so desperately need to know what to do?”  Wise words, indeed. Imagine, if you will, that you didn’t plot ahead everything that you must see on your first-ever visit to Greece. What if you let your senses guide you in making memories? This is how I plotted my adventure in Kefalonia, Greece. Described as the “green island,”…

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Bristol Street Art Tour

My Bristol Street Art tour awes me. Bristol is a tattoo city, wearing its ink on the sides of city buildings. This street art stretches back nearly 50 years.  For the young artists (branded as hooligans and delinquents), their work conveyed their message to the world through their art. Walking Tour On a semi-warm day in early May, I stand outside the designated spot waiting for the “Bristol Street Art Tour” to commence. At least 24 other street art fans…

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Adventure Walking Washington DC

Georgetown Gardens: Dumbarton Oaks

Georgetown gardens are numerous, but there is a century-old specimen that outshines all of its competitors. Dumbarton Oaks is a country estate built in a city. Located on R Street NW in Washington, DC, it nestles between Rock Creek Park and Georgetown homes. Cars race by on R Street. Visitors who want to explore Georgetown gardens will discover an island of tranquility. Imagine veering off the streets of crowded Georgetown. As I walk through the gates, I look up at…

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Colorful Zona Romantica in Puerto Vallarta

Color my world is the only way to describe the historic Zona Romantica (Old Town) neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If I close my eyes, I can summon up mental “snapshots” of vibrant scenes of colorful Zona Romantica… an oversized red poinsettia sculpture hung on a door … a sunny yellow altar at the end of a street … an electric-blue medicine man painted on a brick wall … a collection of Mayan earrings and bracelets woven in a rainbow…

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