Natchez and New Orleans

We stopped for lunch in Natchez after we left Vicksburg. We’d rented a car and wanted to see more of Mississippi and Louisiana than you get to see from an interstate. Natchez holds the distinction of being the first European settlement along the Mississippi River, predating New Orleans. Probably because

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Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory

Our friend Brian wanted to see at least one Civil War battlefield on our trip. Given that we were coming down the Mississippi there were quite a few to choose from…but if you only have time to see one, the choice is obvious: Vicksburg. Which was just as important a

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Adios, Chicago!

At least for now. Thanx for giving us such great weather! We spent the last couple of days in Chicago visiting the Art Institute, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Chicago History Museum. We’d been to the Institute last Fall but it’s so big and diverse it’s always worth a

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Flowers in Winter

Or, another couple of days in Chicago. After enjoying the riverboat architectural tour the weather turned grayer and colder so we shifted to more indoor activities. Of which Chicago offers many kinds! First off was a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, which was showcasing an exhibit devoted

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The City of Broad Shoulders

We are back visiting Chicago, this time with our friends Brian and Cathrin. Why Chicago in early March, when it can be cold and snowy? Well, partially because it’s the end of the line for the California Zephyr, the Amtrak service linking the Bay Area to points east. Unfortunately, this

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Stay Away from the World of Hyatt

Actually, that won’t be all that hard. Because, based on my experience, it is extremely difficult to make a reservation at Hyatt. I often rail against incompetent programmers, particularly website programmers. More often than not it seems their work product gets put into production with very little, if any, testing.

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