On the shores of Central Park’s Harlem Meer

The Harlem Meer is a picturesque artificial lake at the northeastern corner of Central Park. I enjoy this small lake, lined with benches, in all seasons. This artificial lake was constructed with the creation of Central Park, on what used to be a tidal marsh fed by a creek that led into the Harlem River.…

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Skyscraper tourism : New York’s Freedom Tower

For any who follow my site, you’ll know my family and I are big skyscraper fans. I’m always attracted to skyscrapers, and have visited many of the major skyscrapers around the world. I grew up with New York’s twin towers, and went to enjoy views from the observation deck numerous times – including a few…

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Passing through Wheeling, West Virginia

This past summer, my son and I stopped off in Wheeling, West Virginia during a driving trip. We arrived in the afternoon, and took a walk around downtown before stopping for dinner. Wheeling, located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was originally settled as a township in the state of Virginia. It is here…

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West Virginia’s stunning Cooper’s Rock State Forest

There’s a great expression in Italian: La fame viene mangiando. It literally means Hunger arrives as you’re eating, and it perfectly sums up the attitude of that food-obsessed country. I always thought a similar expression for travel would work well in the same vein: Wanderlust viene viaggiando (Wanderlust arrives as you’re traveling). That certainly sums…

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The Intrepid – Visit New York’s aircraft carrier

New York City is home when we’re back in the States, and there’s certainly never a shortage of things to do. One a recent trip back to New York, we made a visit to the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier-museum docked permanently in New York’s Hudson River. The USS Intrepid had a long career spanning…

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