Tenement Museum – Immigrants Lives Past and Present

Tenement 1We had a great time while seeing Manhattan, and New York, all decked out for Christmas in December of 2018. We really enjoyed seeing the beautiful tree at Rockefeller Center and had a marvelous time shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market. One thing we ended up doing was taking a tour of something I didn’t even know existed. Yes, I am now hanging my head in shame, but I know now. Anyway, after meeting some friends for lunch at Katz’s Deli for lunch, we headed over to the Tenement Museum. It is located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street which is only a few blocks from where we were. It was a pleasant walk, and we stopped into a few shops along the way. As I said, I didn’t know it was there, but apparently it is a National Historic Site that opened on November 12, 1988. The two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011. The Tenement Museum, which includes a visitors’ center, promotes tolerance and a historical perspective on the immigrant experience. I didn’t know what to expect, so I went in completely open to learning some history. Continue reading “Tenement Museum – Immigrants Lives Past and Present”

Monticello in Virginia – Our Unplanned Visit to Jefferson’s Home

Monticello-FrontWhile traveling sometimes things don’t always go as planned.  While on a trip to Washington D.C in October of 2000. we had booked a tour that would take us all over the Mall and the local area. Can’t remember the tour group, but I was extremely upset to get to the pick-up location to find out that it was canceled due to the million family march on the mall.  An email or phone call to cancel would have been nice, but we did get our money back. After much discussion, we decided to leave D.C. a day early (since there were too many people on the mall to do anything) and check out Monticello before we headed to our time-share near Colonial Williamsburg.  We made the best of a bad situation and had a great time checking out the former home and plantation of our third president, Thomas Jefferson. Continue reading “Monticello in Virginia – Our Unplanned Visit to Jefferson’s Home”

Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California – Remarkable Views

Hearst Castle - FrontWe have been through central California many times while we lived there doing wine tasting etc. However one of the more interesting things we did was in June of 2010 on our way home from visiting Alcatraz in San Francisco. While we were driving through the area, we decided to stop and finally take a tour of Hearst Castle. We had been through this area many times but had never taken the time to stop and visit. So glad we finally did. Continue reading “Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California – Remarkable Views”

Jelly Belly Candy Company Factory Tour – Fairfield, California

Jelly Belly EntranceWhile on a trip to San Francisco,  to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz,  we decided to venture a little bit out of the city and went to visit the Budweiser Brewery and the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. It’s about an hour outside of San Francisco and we decided to do both tours in one day. We have been to a lot of brewery and winery tours, but the Jelly Belly tour was very unique and something we were very glad we took the time to visit. Continue reading “Jelly Belly Candy Company Factory Tour – Fairfield, California”

Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines – The Hawkeye State

Iowa State Capitol Front

On a road trip through Nebraska and Iowa in May of 2010 we made sure to stop and check out the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln and the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. Not sure what number capitol these were that we visited, but we were very to be able to see it and explore a little bit of Iowa while we were at it. One of the first things we learned about the Iowa State Capitol was that it was constructed between 1871 and 1886, and is the only five-domed capitol in the country. I found that quite interesting. Continue reading “Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines – The Hawkeye State”

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford – The Constitution State

Connecticut State Capitol - FrontWhile in New York in October 2015, we were able to see the New York State Capitol in Albany.  Then later that afternoon, we were also able to see the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. I thought it was fun that we were able to see two capitol buildings on the same day 🙂 Then again, they are only about 100 miles apart.

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Ruby Falls – One of Tennessee’s Must See Attractions

Ruby-Falls-FrontWe had a great tour a few years ago at Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and looked forward to doing more. Thus while visiting some friends in Tennessee, we decided to tour Ruby Falls in Chattanooga.  It is a 145-foot high underground waterfall located within Lookout Mountain. Continue reading “Ruby Falls – One of Tennessee’s Must See Attractions”