We love to visit each city’s art museum. They’re good places to get a feel for the local culture and, hopefully, be surprised by some unexpected visual delight. We’ve loved museums in New York, Madrid, Ft. Worth, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Rome and others. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta is a real gem, both inside and out. It contains a collection of contemporary and traditional pieces, plus wonderful structures on the patios outside. Plus, the building architecture is wonderfully photogenic. Enjoy our images in and around the museum below.       So, more to come. Love to hear what you have to sayRead More →

The first time we drove into downtown Atlanta it was on a Sunday and kind of a gray day. We drove through the old downtown area and it was a little depressing, somewhat deserted and didn’t look very walkable. So not too impressed. A couple days later drove back to see the Inman Park festival. Took awhile to find any place within walking distance to park, but did enjoy seeing some of the older homes and architecture. The festival itself not too impressive. Next time drove into town to see the High Museum of Art and were very impressed (see the next post). Did walkRead More →

It’s not easy to find an RV park close in to any major metropolitan area in the East. Fortunately there is a beautiful park in Stone Mountain State Park just outside of Atlanta. We made that our base of operations while in the Atlanta area. Being spring, we had a bit of rain each day, but not enough to alter any of our plans for seeing the area. And also being spring, there was lush greenery everywhere. Stone Mountain is a large quartz monzonite dome East of Atlanta, famous for the enormous carving of Confederate generals Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. StoneRead More →

On one of the days without rain, we decided to take a drive Southwest of New Orleans along the River Road to see some plantations. We were interested primarily in Oak Alley as it seems to be one of the most photographed. So we headed down I-310 and crossed the Westbank Bridge, where we took a break to look around. The bridge itself is quite a sight so took a few images. Along the river are several oil refineries and we saw barges up and down the river. Had a chance to stop at three plantations: Laura Plantation, St. Joseph Plantation and Oak Alley Plantation.Read More →

On a beautiful Friday afternoon we went to City Park in New Orleans. This is one of the nicest city parks of any city that we have visited. We spent time wandering through the different areas of the park, walked around the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (one of the best we’ve seen), visited the compact, but beautiful Botanical Garden and ended the day at the Friday Concert in the Park. Make sure you don’t overlook this gem after carousing the French Quarter. Leftover water from recent rains made for a beautiful reflection       Lots of secluded areas for intimate conversations  Read More →

After Abita Springs, came back to New Orleans and this time stayed at Pontchartrain Landing, a nice RV park on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. Grima found a little alligator friend roaming the shoreline while there. The weather was a little more cooperative (note the word ‘little’), so we had more time to see a bit more of the city. To tell the truth, we weren’t as impressed with the town as we thought we’d be. Perhaps it was the weather, perhaps because we had mostly seen it via Mardi gras scenes we had seen in films, etc. Perhaps the humidity – takes a littleRead More →

Our first week in New Orleans was not much as we spent most of the time in the RV – rained almost every day. The second week we drove around Lake Pontchartrain (didn’t take the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway as it’s a toll bridge and quite expensive for RV’s – plus there’s a section that rises quite steeply and I was a little nervous to take the ‘Bagel Bagel’ over it). Our destination was the Abita Springs Resort and RV Park, a membership park. We had received an ‘invite’ to try it out free for 4 days, so decided to take them up on the offer.Read More →

We purchased our Winnebago Adventurer in October 2013 – thought we got a good deal, but, well, that’s another story. It spent the first year mostly in storage save for a couple ‘breaking in’ trips, one to Jackson, CA, and the other to San Luis Obispo. When we finally retired and rented the house, we drove the ‘bagel bagel’ (as our friend Kim baptized it) directly to Texas, a marathon 7 day trip, with a stopover in L.A. to spend Thanksgiving with our son, Jeric. From there we hopped a plane to Chile, returning 3 months later. As I mentioned in a previous post, weRead More →