Americana supreme and international phenom – the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

I had only heard about this dream world, this Neverland, where I could partake in all-you-can-drink Coke products from around the world.  We don’t usually keep soda/pop/soft drinks in the house.  Nothing good comes from guzzling that carbonated booze. . . except evoking fond memories.  This wonderland of flavored corn syrup took me back to… Read More Americana supreme and international phenom – the World of Coca-Cola, Atlanta, Georgia

The Biltmore Estate – stoking my Downton Abbey flame

The popularity of Downton Abbey has surely increased the number of wanna-be upstairs dwellers (or wanna be downstairs dwellers) who visit the aristocratic mansions of wealthy Americans who lived during the same time period.  My appreciation for the Biltmore historic château, home of the famed Vanderbilt dynasty, would not be nearly as great if I… Read More The Biltmore Estate – stoking my Downton Abbey flame

Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

The young German sipped a mug of gluhwein and chatted with his American buddy.  Standing behind us, he spoke with a thick German accent.  “You can go to L.A., New York, you don’t see a Christmas market like this.”  There you have it.  America’s Second City boasts the country’s largest, most authentic German Christkindlmarket.  The… Read More Chicago’s German Christmas market – context gives pleasure

Parental pride at the President’s house – Monticello, Virginia

On the east coast of the United States historic sites are as numerous as the dust bunnies on my floor.  There are a lot.  And instead of cleaning my house and sweeping dust wads, we are being intentional about visiting some of those sites.  Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, was our most recent victim.  Little Peanut… Read More Parental pride at the President’s house – Monticello, Virginia

The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn

Squirrels are America’s meerkat.  The locals don’t bat an eye at them, but the visitor finds them fascinating.  While living in East Africa, meerkats were boring.  Meerkats, meerkats, more meerkats.  At the American zoo, they draw crowds.  I haven’t seen North American squirrels in a zoo in Africa (embarrassing disclaimer: I haven’t been to a… Read More The boring meerkat, ubiquitous squirrel and chocolate acorn