A Florida Town Built By A Circus

After over forty years in Florida we finally made the time to visit Sarasota Florida and spent a day at The Ringling. The estate is focused on the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art but the estate is actually a 66-acre museum complex featuring the State Art Museum of Florida, The Circus Museum andContinue reading “A Florida Town Built By A Circus”

Japan — Kantō Region Day 4 — Travels with Carolyne

When we start researching for a trip, one of the first resources we turn to is the travel blog community. It is usually a place where articles have more depth than reviews on Trip Advisor or even a Frommer’s guide and often we find useful day by day itineraries. Having our 2020 Japan trip cancelledContinue reading “Japan — Kantō Region Day 4 — Travels with Carolyne”

Everyone Loved A Circus!

This weekend we went to the circus – not a modern Cirque du Soleil, but an old fashion Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus style extravaganza! It is appropriately located in America’s circus home town, Sarasota. The Howard Bros. Circus is a ¾-inch-to-the-foot scale replica of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus locatedContinue reading “Everyone Loved A Circus!”

Experiencing Buddhism In Thailand

A Short Story Thailand is almost exclusively a Buddhist nation. It has been the religion of the country for centuries because it resonates with the spirit of the Thai people. “Thai” is a word that means freedom, and most people in Thailand treasure freedom, and Buddhism blends well with that spirit of the Thai people.Continue reading “Experiencing Buddhism In Thailand”


Headlines of Interest to International Travelers Updated Every Few Days Two good reference web sites are now available for up-to-date travel information on COVID-19 requirements by country and for CDC travel recommendations. The first is the Internatinal Air Transport Association – IATA offers an up-to-date COVID-19 Travel Regulations Map HERE. Additional information from the TheContinue reading “CURRENT NEWS 3/26/21”

English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass — Timeless Travel Steps

Hopefully things are moving toward normal. Regardless of what various governments are signaling, people seem to be developing ideas of their own regarding life and travel. If a trip around England is on your bucket list Timeless Travel Steps has some really good information in this recent post. English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass. English HeritageContinue reading “English Heritage Overseas Visitors Pass — Timeless Travel Steps”

Money, Credit Cards and International Travel

Financial Considerations for Traveling Internationally You’ve got your passport and your bags are packed, but are you ready financially to travel abroad? We’ve been to some pretty interesting places over the years but usually haven’t had issues with getting local currency or being able to use credit cards. While some time back our favorite creditContinue reading “Money, Credit Cards and International Travel”

Georgia’s Callaway Gardens for An Old Fashioned Family Summer

When I was a child my family spent summer weeks in the Appalachians hiking, fishing and just laying back. The world seemed to move slower back then with days spent on simple pleasures. Rocking on the porch in the evening. Taking a bike ride along a wooded trail. Canoeing across a mountain lake. Wouldn’t itContinue reading “Georgia’s Callaway Gardens for An Old Fashioned Family Summer”

A Rusty Old Beer Can

Artifacts and Ancient History A Short Story and Something Completely Different Hiking a mountain trail in Georgia recently we came across the old remains of a CCC camp facility in the woods and poking around the ruins I found an old beer can. It wasn’t just a piece of mountain litter but a true artifact.Continue reading “A Rusty Old Beer Can”