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Malyasia Airlines Business Class Golden Lounge

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Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok Thailand Bangkok, as Murray Head says, "Oriental setting and the city don't know that the city is getting." Originally a small village in the 1400s, it became the seat of power when the capital city of Ayutthaya was sacked in 1767 and the King moved the everything here. From its beginning a ...



Wings at 1900 Fifth Bar in the Westin Seattle

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Wings at the Hilton Rosemont

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Wings at the Qantas First Class Lounge Singapore

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Wings at the JW Marriott Chicago

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Qatar Airways Premium Lounge Bangkok

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Qantas First Class Lounge Singapore

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University of Chicago Oriental Institute and Robie House

Oriental Institute and Robie House, University of Chicago On the grounds of the University of Chicago, a world renowned private research college with roots back to 1857, are two amazing places, the Oriental Institute initiated in 1919 for all methods of Oriental studies, and the Frank Lloyd Wright R ...



Hilton Kuala Lumpur

Hilton Kuala Lumpur I had a decent length layover in Kuala Lumpur, and while I could have spent the night in the First Class lounge since they are open 24/7, I decided I wanted a real room. I looked at the easiest to deal with and the Hilton right next to the Sentral Train Station was pretty much m ...



Conrad Hotel Bangkok

Conrad Hilton Hotel, Bangkok I was making an incredibly roundabout trip to Thailand, and with my recently re-acquired Hilton status, I wanted to give the Conrad there a try to see how it affected my stay and compare it to the JW Marriott in Bangkok which in my view is the equivalent luxury brand at ...



Mojjo Rooftop Lounge Bangkok

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Finnair Platinum Wing Helsinki

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The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria

The Roosevelt Waldorf Astoria So I was searching the entirety of North America for a swanky hotel to stay at, and up came The Roosevelt which is a Waldorf Astoria, the highest property type Hilton has. The last time I stayed in one was 2009 so I was excited to go to one again. I then started scouti ...



French Quarter, New Orleans

New Orleans French Quarter This is going to be a different style of writing as I'm going to give you a journey through the French Quarter, what places I liked, what I disliked, where to go and wander, and things I discovered during it. PLEASE let me know via comments if you like this style better t ...



Conrad Indianapolis

Conrad Indianapolis Now that work has told me I can basically digitally nomad from anywhere in the world except an Iranian prison, and flights have been coming to a more palatable price range, I booked a flight to Indianapolis (in my great home state of Indiana) to talk and drink with friends I have ...



Double Tree Cedar Rapids

Double Tree Cedar Rapids I attend a World War II event in Cedar Rapids every year, and last year I had gone for a drink at the bar at the Double Tree Cedar Rapids which was a very nice place, so I booked a room in it for this year's stay hoping it was equally as nice. Arrival I drove south down I-38 ...



Como Park and Zoo

Como Park and Zoo Como Park, which is now 384 acres in the heart of St. Paul, was originally 300 acres and was farm land and wilderness in the 1870s. St. Paul at its heart is a Victorian city and many things happened along very English lines. The original space of Como Lake was actually a resort es ...



Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Minneapolis Institute of Arts In 1883, business and professional leaders in Minneapolis were organizing art exhibits to bring them into the community. They decided to make a permanent home inside what was then the Minneapolis Public Library. In 1911, Clinton Morrison, the chairman of the First Nati ...



Baccarat Bar, Harrods, London

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JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort I was searching around for hotels and cheap flights towards cities where they aligned (hint, there was one in the USA), and found Tucson with the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort for a weekend. I just couldn't refuse the rate and a sub $300 flight. Arrival ...



54thirty Denver

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Amtrak Roomette STP to CHI

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Wings at the Denver Hilton City Center

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Wings at the Crooked Pint Minneapolis

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Wings at Willies Bar St. Paul Park

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Wings at the Four Seasons in Denver

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Hilton City Center Denver

Hilton Denver City Center I was heading to Denver to evaluate a particular vintage automobile in the area, but would not able to see it before Sunday. Not wanting to waste all of my time just traveling, I drove overnight Friday to Denver and found an acceptable rate. (I found out after I got there, ...



American Airlines Flagship Lounge ORD

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Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis

Hotel Ivy, Minneapolis I had a couple of free night certificates for Marriott expiring in June and then discovered I could add points to them to use at higher category properties. This opened a lot more options, including some really fancy ones, and I found a weekend where the points and my schedul ...



Hilton Rosemont O'Hare

Hilton Rosemont O'Hare I was coming back from the JW Marriott in downtown Chicago to fly home and there was some snow. In this time period, we apparently just cancel flights, and I needed to find a place to stay for the night. I had initially looked at the Hilton at the airport itself, but I guess ...



American Airlines Flagship Lounge JFK

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Tate Modern Art Museum

Tate Modern Museum of Art An old coal fired powerplant with massive spaces was converted into an art museum. Opening in 2000, after a couple decades of attempts to make something out of the old station, it's the #1 modern art museum in all of England. The Arrival - St. ...



Marriott Phoenix Chandler

Marriott Chandler AZ, 2020 I was consulting for a company in Chandler, Arizona and had to go for a week of meetings. I was looking at hotels in the area, mainly the JW Marriott Camelback, but the rates were not reasonable. I did find great rates though at the Marriott Phoenix Chandler. The name i ...



Museum of London

Museum of London A fairly young museum for such an ancient city. Built on the old Roman Wall, in the City of London, not to be confused with larger London. Only around for about 20 years, this has the largest urban collection of 6 million items, in the world. The Arrival - St. ...



Le Meridien Indianapolis

Le Meridien Indianapolis I had driven to Virginia to pick up some World War 2 items since shipping them would have been exceptionally difficult, and after 30 hours on the road, I was just exhausted. So I decided to stop for the night in Indianapolis and found a few hotels with attractive rates. Th ...



Hilton Kensington

Hilton Kensington 2022 So as part of my 2 weeks in London, chasing the best rates on the best days, I had a 6 day stay at the Hilton in Kensington. Having stayed here before, I had a good idea what was going to be up with the property. Arrival I took a bus which was only £1.88, quite a bargain ...



The Westminster Curio

The Westminster 2022 While figuring out my 2 weeks in London there was a particular Saturday night where rates were just not to be had anywhere in the city, so I used points to get a fancier hotel experience than the regular run of the mill Hiltons. I came across The Westminster which is a Curio Co ...



Round trip first class to London

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Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4

Hilton London Heathrow 2022 On my last full day in London, knowing I had a very early flight the following morning, I decided to stay at the Hilton Heathrow, located at terminal 4. This is also technically a closed terminal so there is no public transportation, but there is a shuttle bus that goes a ...



Hilton Hyde Park

Hilton London Hyde Park 2022 I was finally able to reasonably get back to London in March of 2022 based on their new rules at the time for fully vaccinated individuals, to attend some events for International Woman's Day with some institutions I belong to over there. It was a long trip and I was ra ...



Concorde Room, Heathrow

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Chicago 2020

Chicago Chicago started as a Native American settlement in the 1700s. After the Northwest Indian War, the area that is now Chicago was turned over to the military, and they built Fort Dearborn in 1803 on the Chicago River. In 1833, after getting stomped by the British in 1812 and then the later for ...



JW Marriott Chicago

JW Marriott Chicago, 2022 In February of 2022 with the pandemic still in full go mode, I found a screaming rate at the JW Marriott Chicago for a few days during the week, so I purchased a flight and went. Arrival I had a very early morning flight into O'Hare and collected my luggage, then onto the s ...



Malaysia Air Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Bali

Malaysia Airlines, Business Class Flight Kuala Lumpur to Bali, October 2017 Details ...



Wings at the W Miami Downtown

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Wings at Blue Birch in the Minneapolis Marriott SW

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Wings at Level III in the JW San Francisco

Wings at Level III in the JW Marriott, San Francisco - October 2021 The Price ...



Wings at Avenue Bar & Lounge, Kennsington, England

Wings at Avenue Bar & Lounge in the Hilton Kennsington - October 2021 The Price ...



Saint Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo The area that is now the St Louis Zoo started as a very large bird aviary for the 1904 World's Fair, which was famously attended by Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The local citizens purchased the massive iron cage to start the zoo (it was pretty much where it is now). In 1910, the ...



Museum Mechanical at Fishermans Wharf

Museum Mechanical, San Francisco The Museum Mechanical, or the Musée Mécanique, is a collection of eclectic and historically significant arcade type machines that are primarily of the kinetic variety. It was started by Ed Zelinsky when he was a little boy in 1920 in an amusement park ca ...



American Airlines business class JFK to London

American Airlines, Business Class Flight New York to London, October 2021 Details ...



Marquette Hotel

The Marquette, Minneapolis Having recently re-achieved my long languishing Diamond status at Hilton Hotels, there was a property in Minneapolis I had been looking at since 2008 as a place I really wanted to review. I got a one-bedroom suite in 2021 and in 2022 the opportunity that I couldn't refuse ...



Anchorage Museum

Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Alaska In 1968, it started as an Art and Ethnographical museum, and became accredited in 1973 (which I don't know what you have to do to get this, but apparently it helps). In 1992, the Smithsonian opened the Arctic Studies Center here which helped with recognition and m ...



Art Institute of Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago 2021 The institute is somewhat related to the Chicago Academy of Design school, a free school for artists created in 1866 with a gallery to show works. They ended up charging $10 a month but the success allowed them to grow the gallery into a museum. The great Chicago Fire ...



Palmer House Hilton

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago 2021 Well, my London Christmas trip got cancelled by the Omicron variant (ok, not cancelled but it became infeasible to go with the length of quarantine implemented). I began looking for a place close to home since it was also now too expensive to buy a ticket being so s ...



California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco In 1853, the academy was created to collect natural items from every corner of California. Located in San Francisco, it comes as no surprise they were already progressive and hired many female scientists in the 19th century. The first official permanent ...



Turkish Airways Lounge, Miami Terminal E

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British Airways First Class Lounge Heathrow

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Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, London The area started as royal estates and gardens in the 1200s. Throughout the reigns of various kings and queens, land was acquired, more gardens built, buildings rose and fell, and in the 1700s the estates were merged into a large botanical garden. In the 1840s, it was formally de ...



Marriott Union Square

Marriott Union Square, San Francisco, 2021 So I typically will variate between Marriott and Hilton now, depending on price and level of service available, and I was going to San Francisco to celebrate with former co-workers our mutual escape from the place we worked at together. They were based in t ...



Natural History Museum, London

Natural History Museum, London The museum originally started from a collection in the 1700s by the Dr. Sir Hans Sloane in the original British Museum location. Notorious for its nepotism in handing out staff appointments (even those that knew nothing about what they were doing) and inability to pre ...



Notting Hill, London

Notting Hill The neighborhood now known as Notting Hill was previously an industrial area for piggeries (large open fenced-in areas of nasty pig raising and slaughtering) and pottery makers, with a massive lake of pig "run off" (we know what that really means), making this a very difficult area to l ...



Bridges Walk, London

London Bridges Walk Apparently it's quite a thing to do, so I did it. There is an amazing tongue-in-cheek write up on the walk (but not really pictures, which is why I have this post) at this location: London Bridges Walk It says it takes 2 and 1/2 hours. Don't you believe it. Count on 3 and 1/2 ...



Dukes Bar, London

Dukes Bar, London, October 2021 Details ...



JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa

JW Marriott Resort & Spa, Las Vegas NV, 2021 Having stayed at only 14% of the JW Marriotts in the world so far, I have some catchup to do this year. I found a reasonable rate and lower points needed for a stay, so I booked the JW Marriott Resort & Spa for a few nights. Arrival After checking out of ...



Angkor Wat - 2017

Angkor Wat - 2017 The history can be seen in my previous visit in 2016, here -> Angor Wat - 2016 The Arrival A usual, my driver Lucky drove me to the temple. ...



Wings at COV in Wayzata, MN

Wings at COV restaurant in Wayzata, Minnesota - August 2021 The Price ...



Wings at the JW Marriott Las Vegas

Wings at the JW Marriott Resort in Las Vegas - March 2021 The Price ...



Wings at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis

Wings at the Marquette Hotel in Minneapolis - April 2021 The Price ...



Wings at Crust and Craft at the St. Regis Maldives

Wings at Crust and Craft at the St. Regis Maldives - July 2021 The Price ...



Wings at the Lily in the Belagio

Wings at Lily bar in the Belagio - March 2021 The Price ...



Minnesota Landscape Arboreteum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 2021 The location was created in 1907 to study cold weather hardy plants like HoneyCrisp apples and azaleas, which had economic value. It formally became an arboretum in 1958 with the total acquisition of 160 acres, and it has grown over the years to include 1200 acres ...



Qatar Business Class Miami to Doha

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Qatar Al Morjan Lounge

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St. Regis Maldives 2021

St. Regis Vommuli, Maldives Each of my kids get to pick a destination for a special vacation, and my youngest daughter wanted to go somewhere with overwater villas. She didn't specify a location, just was fixated on staying in one. I had originally looked at Bora Bora because the island is lousy w ...



Minnesota History Center

Minnesota History Center, St. Paul 2021 Created as the headquarters and central draw point for the Minnesota Historical Society in 1992, the current building replaced the old long-term headquarters on the capitol grounds that has now been removed. Holding over 1,000,000 artifacts of historical and c ...



Bell Museum St. Paul 2021

Bell Museum of Natural History, St. Paul 2021 The museum was created by legislative decree in 1872 to showcase Minnesota animal and plant life. It was originally just one room at the University of Minnesota before moving to a new building in 1940 that was half funded directly by James Ford Bell of ...



Germany 2009

Germany, 2009 It was the kick-off international travel trip that started all of this stuff you read about in here and part of the Germanic skiing trip with the oldest boy, a few days across southern Germany before heading to Austria. The Arrival We fl ...



BMW World 2009

BMW World, 2009 The home of the BMW Headquarters, the Museum and the gratuitous delivery center. All things BMW can be had from hats to a $200,000 custom car. The Arrival I dro ...



Paris 2009

Paris, 2009 After I had my first foray into international travel earlier in 2009 (Germany/Innsbruck), I went to Paris that fall. It can be a dice toss for the weather, but I lucked out. Not to bore you by repeating things here, I have the history of Paris in a previous post. The Arrival I flew fro ...



Innsbruck Austria 2009

Innsbruck, 2009 As part of my first major international foray since the military, I took my oldest son (12 at the time) to Austria to ski, which he was really into at the time. Innsbruck seemed a reasonable place given the proximity to two winter Olympic sites and a Hilton hotel where I was a Diamo ...



Las Vegas

Las Vegas 2021 Las Vegas, Nevada is a long-standing natural oasis. While it might be difficult to imagine now with its desert surroundings, it used to be a marsh until the rivers went underground as they have a tendency to do in very sandy and porous soil. A lot of animal life and Native traffic i ...



Washington D.C., 2017

Washington DC, 2017 Originally a couple farms and a lot of swamp, recently the disdain of the American voter. It's a monumental Capital location, with a couple hundred years of growth and building to impress. The Arrival I was ...



Timothy O'Tooles

Wings at Timothy O'Tooles in Chicago - October 2020 The Price ...



Observation Bar, Queen Mary Los Angeles

Wings at the Observation Bar, Queen Mary Los Angeles - February 2020 The Price ...



Hong Kong Cafe, The Venetian

Wings at the Hong Kong Cafe, The Venetian Las Vegas - March 2021 The Price ...



Westin Perimeter Atlanta

Wings at the Westin Perimeter, Atlanta - October 2020 The Price ...



Venetian and Palazzo

The Venetian and The Palazzo, 2021 Near the north of the strip (or what I consider the functional end even though it does continue a ways), is the Venetian. It's a grand themed complex that is confusing to navigate and designed to keep you on property. That's ok as you will soon see. Arrival I dr ...



Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and Caesar's Palace

Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and Caesars Palace, 2021 At the heart of the strip are Caesars and the Flamingo (across the street behind another casino... strange), the center of luxury and the high end of gambling. Bellagio the king of elegance, Caesars the big roller capitol and Cosmopolitan the party ca ...



Mandalay Bay and Luxor

Mandalay Bay and Luxor Casinos, 2021 Yes, we are all used to the history here for my posts, but... mainly these are casino/hotels at the end of the strip during the buildup in the 90s when themes were king. Arrival I drove s ...



Shelby Legendary Cars

Shelby American, 2021 Shelby American was started by race car driver and car manufacturer, Carrol Shelby, creator of the AC Cobra and Ford GT (that won Lemans). He continued to modify existing frames with higher performance engines and suspension until his death in 2012. His company continues on an ...



Westin Resort Lake Las Vegas

Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, Las Vegas NV, 2021 An Italian style resort on Lake Las Vegas, east of the city, but just west of the Hoover Dam. It was a very good points spend so I could use my credit card free night stay at The Westin Resort. Arrival After landing in Las Vegas, it was over to ren ...



Minneapolis Marriott Southwest

Marriott Minneapolis Southwest, 2021 I needed a break (and to hit 75 nights with Marriott for the year) and was searching around the Minneapolis area for a nice weekend stay. I had some criteria, like restaurant was open so that I would get breakfast for my status level. While searching I found th ...



Le Meridien Ankgor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Le Meridien Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia, 2019 In December of 2019, I took my third trip to the Angkor temples and once again booked my stay at the Le Meridien Angkor down the road from Angkor Wat and up the road from the party district of Siem Reap. Arrival I had flown into Phnom Penh because honestl ...



Westin Perimeter, Atlanta

Westin Perimeter North, Atlanta GA, 2020 I had to make a quick business trip to Atlanta, and the timing of the flights left me with the need to overnight in the area. Being that I was already far north, I decided to find a nice property north of downtown and found the the Westin Perimeter. I calle ...



Rand Tower Hotel, Minneapolis

Rand Tower Hotel, Minneapolis MN, 2020 I had seen on a construction sign in September when photographing downtown Minneapolis, that the old Rand Tower was being converted into a hotel, and when I looked it up, I saw it was a Tribute Collection for Marriott, which was a double bonus for me. Also it' ...



Fremont Street Las Vegas

Fremont Street, Las Vegas 2021 The first paved street in Las Vegas, dating to 1925, it was named for the explorer John Charles Fremont. It became the heart of downtown and the location of many casinos when the train station was built in 1940, taking away the southern strip's primary influence. (Mos ...



Mob Museum Las Vegas

Mob Museum, Las Vegas 2021 Situated in a 1930s post office and courthouse, the building housing the Mob Museum was sold by the feds in 2002 for $1 to start the museum. The Italian-Americans were notably against it, and the FBI in support of it. The interests of the museum on organized crime won. A ...



Redrock Canyon

Redrock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada 2021 Red Rock is an area inhabited by Native Americans for around 11 to 13 thousand years by various cultures (some unknown to us). Evidence of their occupation in the form of pottery, burn pits, and petroglyphs provide archaeologists the proof of t ...



Pinball Hall of Fame

Pinball Hall of Fame, 2021 Starting as the personal collection of Tim Arnold, an enthusiast and repair pro, he started renting space in 2006 to show his collection. He moved to a larger one in 2009, where it is now, and is completing a purpose-built location to house all 700 machines in full access ...



American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History This New York icon was established in 1869, when everything was housed in the Arsenal Building by the Central Park Zoo. In 1877, they started building at its current location on Central Park West. Throughout the years, there have been several buildings added to t ...



Bayon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia 2019

Bayon Built around 1190 A.D., Bayon is the only temple in the Angkor empire to be dedicated to Brahma. It was, of course, constructed during the reign of king Jayavarman VII (whose name you recognize from many many other temple posts), and was the last temple he built. After his death, many subsequ ...



Air & Space Museum

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington DC 2017 The museum's collection started in 1876 with some Chinese kites received as a gift from the Emperor of China. For 100 years, it was never consolidated into a singular location as items were mostly stored and spread between different Smithsonian loc ...



The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Established in 1870, the museum was originally located at 681 5th Avenue, which is now a dull ass office building. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, more commonly referred to as The Met, was instantly the darling of the cultural elite. It rapidly outgrew its ...



Napa Valley 2015

Napa Valley Wine District 2015 While the history of Napa is quite old into pre-history, I'm starting with the wine era, which was established commercially in 1861 by the Krug family. It's obvious by taking a walk through the wine section of a store that there are many many more wineries now (strang ...



Alaska, 2013

Alaska, 2013 Geologically speaking, a lot of Alaska is young; the rivers are pretty shallow as they haven't had a lot of time to form. Roads are limited, and usually in pretty rough shape from winter's destruction. Private aircraft rule the outer areas as they have the only access. Not a place to ...



La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles 2019 Seeping from the massive petroleum deposits beneath Los Angeles for tens of thousands of years, some of the products reacted with heat, air, and pressure to become natural asphalt, or tar. The area got covered with foliage or water, and for millennia animals would ...



USS Iowa, Los Angeles, California

USS Iowa (BB-61) Laid down in June 1940, the first in her class of massive battleships created to counter the Japanese super battleships, USS Iowa launched in August 1942 from the New York Naval Shipyard. The ship was armed with the biggest guns the US had to offer, 16 inch bores that could throw ov ...



Hertz Presidents Status Giveaway

Hertz Presidents Status giveaway - Jan 2021 The How < ...



National World War 2 Museum, New Orleans 2016

National World War 2 Museum, New Orleans 2016 The National WWII Museum, previously the National D-Day Museum, opened in 2000 on the 56th anniversary of D-Day. New Orleans was chosen for the location of the museum owing to the fact that the Higgins Landing Crafts were designed, engineered and built j ...



Wynwood, Miami 2020

Wynwood Art District In 2003, Wynwood's creative community was started as a collective artists district , mostly centered around galleries and art shows. The area eventually hit a peak of 70 galleries, 12 studios and 5 museums along with the Wynwood Walls, the area's current claim to fame. The Wyn ...



Field Museum Chicago - 2020

Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago 2020 The Field Museum was incorporated in 1893 to hold various exhibits from the Columbian Exposition. The exhibits were held until the 1920s in the building that became the Museum of Science and Industry. The massive building in the Neoclassical style conta ...



Munich Germany 2018

Munich, Germany 2018 Details of Munich can be found on this post: Munich, 2014 The Arrival I have tried to hit the Christkindlmarkt in C ...



Barcelona Spain 2010

Barcelona, Spain 2010 A settlement since at least 5000 B.C., Barcelona was documented in 15 A.D. as a Roman camp that reshaped the settlement into a colony of Rome with many small towns around the area as part of Colonia Faventia Julia Augusta Pia Barcino. The name was then shortened to Barcino as ...



Museum of Science and Industry

Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago 2020 Opened in 1933 for the Chicago Century of Progress, MSI is housed in an original 1893 building from the Columbian Exposition. It became a permanent fixture in 1933 and the building had to be upgraded significantly as it wasn't built to last in 1893. Cove ...



Sheraton Gangham Seoul

Sheraton Gangham, Seoul 2017 In December of 2017, I flew to Seoul, well because I needed to cap my status, and I had not traveled there before. 14 hours after leaving Dallas, I landed and began the journey of trains/subways/sidewalks to my hotel. Arrival The Sheraton Gangham is on a very busy stre ...



Preah Khan

Preah Khan Preah Khan was built on the site of a great victory over the Chams who occupied what is now Vietnam since back around the 1150s. They marched 300 miles across untamed land to just get utterly stomped by Jayavarman VII (this guy was their greatest King). It contained such riches and an im ...



Observation Bar on the Queen Mary

Queen Mary Observation Bar, February 2020 Details ...



Cathay The Wing First Class Lounge

The Wing First Class lounge by Cathay - April 2019 Hours 5:3 ...



Wings at Peachtree Marriott

Wings at the Peachtree Marriott in Atlanta - January 2020 The Price ...



Preah Ko & Bakong Temples

Preah Ko & Bakong The Khmer empire was solidified at 802 A.D. The first king, Jayavaraman II founded his capital, Hariharalaya, south east of current Siem Reap 300 years before the massive building spree of Angkor to the north of Siem Reap. His nephew, Indravarman I, built Prea Ko in 879, and a bi ...



Prague, Czechia

Prague Prague is located on a Paleolithic site, meaning humans have been in this location from up to 100,000 years ago to around 12,000 years ago. Various tribes inhabited the area since its surmised founding around 1306 B.C. Circa 500 B.C. a group of people called the Bohii settled here, which cau ...



Neak Poun

Neak Poun First mentioned by a Chinese traveler in the 1200s, Neak Poun, "the entwined serpents" was named in honor of all the Naga statues around it. The other information about its name was not recorded or has been lost. It's assumed to have been built by Jayavaraman VII, the greatest king of th ...



Dachau Concentration Camps

Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany After the Reichstag fire and the National Socialist (Nazi) party winning the chancellorship and taking over a large part of the government, Dachau was created in March 1933 from an old Munitions plant. Using the fire as an excuse to basically declare a dictatorshi ...



Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng Constructed atop a hill in 1052, a good 200 years before the rest of this area took off, Phmon Bakheng was the primary temple in the Angkor space. Dedicated to Shiva, this was the first temple built here as the capital was moving from Hariharalaya. It's somewhat of a rarity since it' ...



Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia 2019 The nation now known as Indonesia began as a Hindu kingdom called Tarumanagara in 417 A.D. as this is the earliest confirmed date based on a tablet found discussing waterways (sewage channels...) being built by the king. It was stable and grew into a huge trading hub, given i ...



Hawaii 2015

Hawaii Thought to have been populated by Polynesian travelers about 300 BC, the Hawaiian islands are comprised of an archipelago of eight major islands and numerous smaller land masses, atolls, and reefs. The first westerners to see the area might have been in 1500s but because the Spanish wanted t ...



American Airlines Biz Class PHL-MUC

American Airlines, Business Class Flight Philadelphia to Munich, December 2018 Details ...



Shanghai, China

Shanghai, China 2016 A Stone Age settlement from 4000 years ago, Shanghai was taken over by several subsequent Chinese dynasties, which I am woefully unknowledgeable about. It became a major trade point in 746 when coastal and inter-empire trade grew significantly. The value of the city being at th ...



Pre Rup

Pre Rup Pre Rup is a Hindu shrine to the god Shiva. Built in 962, it's pretty old for the Ankgor complex, predating the larger temples to the west. It is thought to have been used largely for funerals and is nicknamed the 'turn the body' temple due to the practice of turning a body to each compass ...



W Miami

W Miami, 2020 - Another Covid Special It was July, and I had some money value vouchers and other things for flights and hotels left over from before the epidemic hit. Miami had started opening up again, and there are some properties there I REALLY want to stay at and review (Like both JWs; I have s ...



London - 2014

London, England Ah London, my third trip to the capital of the British Empire. I won't bore you with the details of the history, as it's all here in this trip -> London, 2010. The Arrival Flying in to Heathrow with the family ...



Chinatown & Flower Market, Bangkok

Chinatown, and Flower Market, Bangkok Thailand Bangkok's Chinatown started as a Chinese trading community around 1782. It was nothing more than wilderness when the land was granted by the king of Siam, His Royal Highness Taksin, but it quickly grew as the city grew. It's now perhaps the largest Ch ...



Innsbruck Austria

Innsbruck A human settlement since the Stone Age, this area became an important stop on the Roman Road from Verona into Germanic areas circa 350 A.D. Around 1167, a bridge was built across the river Inn, which was a huge navigational barrier to that point, giving the city its current name (Inn, nam ...



Qantas First Class Lounge LAX

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Tokyo, Japan

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