DENVER

Posted by Pat on July 26, 2021 in Travel |

Getting a Mile High in More Ways Than One Since becoming a first state to legalize marijuana in 2012, its residents have taken it to heart. Walking this mile high city is a great but pungent experience.  I judge a city by several criteria: public transportation, food, cultural activities, architecture, and walkability. I was pleased […]

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Thomas Wolfe Was Right – Probably

Posted by Pat on July 4, 2021 in Travel |

There is the old adage that “You can’t go home again.” It comes from Thomas Wolfe’s 1934 novel of the same name.  There are many reasons why this adage probably is true. “Home” will never be the same after an absence of decades. In the off-chance of becoming overly nostalgic, one should visit their old […]

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2021 – The Year of Flâneur?

Posted by Pat on July 1, 2021 in Travel |

Illinois – The Land of Lincoln: 18-22 June, 2021 NAPERVILLE Travel writers love to make up lists of the “10 Best” be it for living there or just visiting. I have been fooled before by pretty pictures and a tourist board’s rosy use of adjectives. But in the case of Naperville, the recommendation was what […]

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2021 – The Year of Flâneur?

Posted by Pat on June 30, 2021 in Travel |

Yooper Blooper: June 16 “Why would anyone build the most spectacular bridge in the world at the top of Michigan instead of at Detroit where everyone could see it?” —letter from an irate “troll” taxpayer to the Governor of Lower Michigan, 1980— The taxpaying troll’s question reminds me of the man who lived close to […]

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2021 – The Year of Flâneur?

Posted by Pat on June 29, 2021 in Travel |

Yooperland: June 13-15 “The best thing that could happen to the U.P. would be for someone to bomb the bridge.”—John Voelker, former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and the author of Anatomy of a Murder and Yooper resident— Well, I have to say blowing Da Bridge might be a little extreme. Permit me to say the Upper Peninsula […]

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2021 – The Year of Flâneur?

Posted by Pat on June 16, 2021 in Travel |

Da Yooper: June 11-12 “It’s an edgy place… it still hangs on out there like a rawhide flap of the old frontier…The U.P. is a hard place. A person has to want to hurt a lot to live there”.–— John G. Mitchell, Audubon Magazine, November 1981— For years I have heard the Upper Peninsula of Michigan […]

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2021 – The Year of Flâneur?

Posted by Pat on June 14, 2021 in Travel |

Wisconsin: June 8-10 Flâneur is a wonderfully descriptive French noun referring to a “stroller, loafer, a lounger,” or as the Italians describe it, enjoying a “passeggiata.” In any language, it describes the passionate wandering traveler. In this, the aftermath of a disastrous Covid 2020, my heart is true but can it be a reality? Can’t go […]

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