Newport, Kentucky & its Famous Levee

Newport was the largest city in Kentucky by the early 1900s, though it is often grouped together with Covington and Cincinnati as far as attractions and resources, since all three cities stretch along the Ohio and the Licking Rivers. Newport is in both the Upland South and Bluegrass geographic regions of the US, though widely…

Mission: Best Biscuits & Gravy in Dayton, Ohio

I recently spent a week in Dayton, Ohio on a mission to find the best local biscuits and gravy. There is no elaborate backstory, except that I am originally from the area, I have been craving B&G, and my normal schedule does not allow me to indulge in my love of old breakfast diners too…

Stunning Sonora; Arizona’s Desert Botanical Gardens & The Tovrea Castle

Desert Botanical Gardens, without question, is my favourite place near Phoenix, Arizona. The gardens span 140 acres in the Sonoran Desert with 55 acres currently under cultivation. More than 25,000 documented/monitored species are available to view in over 50,000 plant displays, representing 100 plant groups and over 4,200 individual taxa that make up its living collection. …

Amitabha Stupa; Sedona’s Serene Buddhist Peace Park

Sedona, Arizona is known for its natural beauty and the “soul” of the landscape, so it makes sense that a lovely Buddhist stupa would make a home there.  Stupa, the Sanskrit word for heap, is a prominent and ancient type of sacred Buddhist architecture that predates Buddhism itself. These sepulchers are for burying spiritual artifacts,…

Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood & Belmont Neighbourhoods

Charlotte North Carolina’s Plaza Midwood neighbourhood is located less than a mile from Uptown, Charlotte’s city center. Plaza Midwood runs along Central Avenue from Hawthorn Lane to Eastway Drive, though locals may cut it a few blocks short of Eastway Drive. The neighbourhood also has a locally-designated historic district in its westernmost part, a four…

Boston’s Downtown District; Lobster Rolls & Faneuil Hall

As it may become obvious with these upcoming blogs, I really, really love Boston. I have been a couple times now and I can not wait to go back and explore even more of its neighbourhoods in-depth. Boston played a huge role in early American history from the moment pilgrims arrived in Plymouth Rock and…

Sniff Around and Find Out; Boston’s Little Italy in North End

Boston’s North End District refers to the northeastern tip of its downtown area, or everything east of Washington Street/US 93. The waterfront community is on a peninsula surrounded by the Massachusetts Bay on three sides, and is accented by the scenic 43-mile Boston Harbor Walk.  North End is a hub for significant Revolutionary War and…

Following our Noses Around Boston’s Historic Chinatown

Boston’s Historic Chinatown Neighbourhood is located southeast of Boston Common, nestled into the curve of Surface Road/US 90, framed by Washington Street to the west and Essex Street to the north.  The Chinatown station is located at the corner of Essex and Washington. Walk one block south down Washington, turn left and walk two blocks…