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Happy Days in Milwaukee (even in snow and rain)

Milwaukee is not on a lot of travelers radars but we’re happy to say it’s worth the visit. To the outsider there’s not much on offer. Mmm beer and Happy Days, possibly the only cultural touchpoints they’re familiar with – or possibly Weezer due to their timeless Buddy Holly music video which also happened to reference Happy Days. So why visit...

A study in New Haven’s past and present

Yale University, famous pizza, early US history and it’s only an hour from New York are just a few enticing reasons to take a trip to New Haven, Connecticut. Situated on the northern shore of Long Island sound and accessible via the Metro North New Haven line, you can get from Grand Central to this Ivy League college town in about an hour. From the local Union...

The best fall foliage close to New York City

As Summer becomes a faded memory, so do the leaves on the deciduous trees of the Hudson Valley. Fall foliage day trips, also known as ‘leaf peeping’, is a popular mid-fall activity for residents of the northeast. The best displays actually occur earlier and further north, in Vermont and New Hampshire. That’s where the covered wooden bridges and maple farms are and at...

Byron Bay, Australia’s Worst Kept Best Secret

For many years, Byron Bay was Australia’s best kept secret. Now it’s out, are you in? During the 1970s through to the 90s, the Bay was a haven for hippies. What’s not to like? It’s a beautiful beach side community where dolphins frolic and surf the early morning waves alongside local surfers. It has a peaceful vibe that can still be felt despite the crowds and it has...

The search for Monty Python’s Holy Grail locations

Ok, I am first to admit I have an addiction – to Monty Python. It’s not as strong as it was in my teens, nor is it the type that elicits constant quotations, references to lumberjacks, dead parrots or the Spanish Inquisition. No this is a deep seated habit that involves collecting rarities, meeting members and traveling across the seas to see their legendary...

A Trabi Tour of Berlin

The Trabant (known affectionately by Eastern Europeans as the Trabi) is the perfect mode of transport to take in the sights and overpowering fumes of life in Cold War Era Berlin. It was Hitler who first came up with the idea of an affordable car for all people – the Volkswagen (People’s Car). For post-war Germans, stuck behind the iron curtain, the Wolfsburg...

In the off season, Fenway Park still delivers the chills

If you want a taste of what going to a baseball game was like one hundred years ago, step up to the plate and step back in time at Fenway Park. Old bars ooze the stench of stale beer but at America’s oldest stadium, it’s the freshly popped kernels of corn that permeate the air. As you enter the stadium below its ancient brick and timber stands, you can feel the...

Raise a glass at Cheers, Boston

Grab a beer and raise a glass at the original Cheers, the bar where everybody knows your name. It’s testament to its writers, actors and uncanny ability to capture a moment in time so perfectly that has made Cheers such an iconic series ( and budget conscious networks who have rehashed annually since the mid-80s). And while you won’t find Ted Danson behind the bar, a...

Exploring Fisherman’s Wharf and meeting the Pier 39 seals

San Francisco’s iconic Fisherman’s Wharf is a colorful marketplace where the real fish catching is done by its famous sea-lion community. Catch the trolley down to the waterfront and you’ll experience an area devoid of the expect industrial wastelands normally found by a city’s docks. Any warehouses are now occupied by prime real estate and showrooms for brands like...

Racing history is made at the 150th Belmont stakes

The races – where the beautiful people go to get ugly. It’s never been truer than at the Annual Belmont Stakes and in its 150th iteration, the crowd is better looking and the worst behaved the track has probably ever seen. And by track we mean the train there. This section is a cautionary tale, so feel free to skip ahead The main access to Belmont Park is via...