Travel on the Side


Earlier this month I was in Cleveland for a work conference. It was my first visit there. My in-laws had been there and had raved about the restaurant scene and, of course, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I only had a little bit of time to do sightseeing, so I put the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the top of my list. Early on a Saturday morning, I… Read More

So my work conference in Seattle was good, but now I found myself “stranded.” Owing to a once-in-a-generation extreme cold back in the Midwest, my flight back home to Milwaukee was canceled. Then it was canceled for the next two days. So I ended up extended my trip by three days in Seattle. What to do? I had been to the Space Needle before, the Museum of Pop Culture, and the Pike… Read More

When we were in Montreal, we decided to purchase a Passeport MTL card. You can choose either a 48-hour pass or a 72-hour pass. The pass gives you automatic entrance into 23 popular tourist attractions, plus unlimited travel on the Montreal metro and buses. For us, it was good deal. So we decided to make the most of our Passeport MTL! One of the included attractions was a cruise on the Saint… Read More

Back in Indiana over the holidays visiting my mom. I grew up in the Fort Wayne area, but had never been to the local art museum. I decided to rectify that and visit the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Located downtown, the FWMoA features several nice galleries. When I visited, they were showcasing two exhibitions that I really found interesting. The first was by Oakland-based artist Brett Amory entitled “Fort Wayne, American… Read More

After our Twin Peaks adventures, we returned our rental car to Sea-Tac airport and then hopped on Seattle’s light rail from the airport and took it downtown to Westlake. There we transferred to the Monorail. Funny story: As we were waiting for the Monorail, a family walked up and asked “Is this the way?” I said, “I think so!” and they decided to follow us. Then we parted after getting off the… Read More

You could spend weeks touring the various Smithsonian Institution museums in Washington DC. We had 3 full days. What to do? We tried to fit in a few of the highlights based on our interests: National Air & Space Museum National Museum of American History National Museum of Natural History The Smithsonian Castle Hirshhorn Museum Most are located along the National Mall and all are free. Check the Smithsonian website as some… Read More

The Newseum in Washington DC – dedicated to exhibits on the news media (print and digital) and the First Amendment – has been one of my more favorite recent museum experiences. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Capitol, visitors at street level can view the daily front pages of newspapers of each of the 50 states and several foreign countries. Being from Wisconsin, one day we saw the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and the… Read More