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New York: Ticonderoga – Fort Ticonderoga

December 14, 2021 8:30am
Fort Ticonderoga in Upstate New York has a long and colourful history and was at different times occupied by the French, British and American Revolutionary forces. Its position overlooking Lake Champlain, a significant waterway connecting the St Lawrence River to the Hudson River system made it a strategic location to control the movement of goods and military during times of war. Today, it is a beautifully restored museum and tourist attraction for history buffs and families alike.

New York: Ticonderoga – Star Trek Set Tour

December 9, 2021 9:00am
If you are travelling through upstate New York you might want to take a trip into the small town of Ticonderoga to visit the Star Trek Original Series Set-Tour. You might ask why is it in Ticonderoga - and you'll need to go for yourself to find out! This is not just a place for Trekkies to visit it is a fascinating insight into TV history. its authenticity has been confirmed by members of the original cast, including William Shatner (Captain James T Kirk) who makes regular visits here.

New York: Clayton – Wooden Boat Inn

December 2, 2021 7:19am
If you are visiting the Thousand Islands region of New York and looking for somewhere affordable to stay then the Wooden Boat Inn is Clayton is a good option. There are a handful of rooms and a cottage. The rooms are cosy (i.e. small) but comfortable. There are common areas, including a kitchen to prepare food. The Inn is centrally located and is within easy walking distance from the main downtown where there are plenty of shops and restaurants.

New York: Thousand Islands – Visiting Boldt & Singer Castles

November 26, 2021 9:54am
The Thousand Islands region of New York is located in the far north of the State bordering Canada. The border runs through the St Lawrence River which runs from Lake Ontario out to the North Atlantic. There are over 1800 islands in the channel, ranging from tiny to large ones. The area was popular with the rich at the turn of the 20th Century. There are two castles on these islands which are open to the public.

New York: 14 fabulous things to do in New York’s Finger Lake’s Region

November 13, 2021 8:00am
New York's Finger Lakes Region is a beautiful part of upstate New York, with eleven lakes that run roughly north to south framed by lush green rolling hills. The area is famed for its wines and natural beauty. There are many things to see and do in the area including some amazing State Parks with incredible waterfalls and several cultural highlights including the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum.

New York: Women’s Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls

November 11, 2021 8:00am
In July 1848 a group of 300 people gathered in the city of Seneca Falls, New York for a convention on women's rights. At the end of this convention 100 people; 68 women and 32 men signed the Declaration of Sentiments which laid out how society, in particular men, subjugated women and what the reformists would like to see change. Unfortunately, it took another 70 years for American women to get suffrage with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

New York: Syracuse, – Razzle Dazzle, “Our Vegan Corner” (Eatery Review)

November 11, 2021 7:54am
We arrived in Syracuse hungry and ready to start knawing our own legs so we were happy to discover there were a couple of vegan restaurants to choose from. After a bit of umming and ahhing we decided on Razzle Dazzle, 'Our Vegan Corner' to try out their vegan soul food offerings

New York: Syracuse – Upside-down traffic lights

November 6, 2021 1:49pm
When the city of Syracuse, New York started installing traffic lights in the 1920s the Irish community didn't take kindly to the set of lights put up on a busy intersection on Tipperary Hill. They did not like the fact that the 'red light', which they associated with the British, was above the 'green light' - green being the colour of the Irish. So, some youths in the area threw stones, breaking the red lamp. The city replaced the lamp only for it to be smashed again. The city eventually gave up flipping the light so the green light was at the top. These upside-down lights remain until this day and have become a local attraction.

Netherlands: Amsterdam – Two Day Itinerary

November 3, 2021 1:39pm
Prague is a fascinating place to visit and there are so many things to do and see. We were lucky enough to be able to spend 2 days exploring this amazing city.  Luckily, the city has survived many of the ravages that have befallen many other cities in Central Europe, so it retains much of its original charm and beauty.

New York: Watkins Glen State Park

November 2, 2021 8:00am
Watkins Glen is a small town on the bottom tip of Seneca Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region, known for its outstanding beauty and winemaking. Watkins Glen draws people to the area as the location of the Watkins Glen International Raceway which often hosts NASCAR events. Our reason for visiting was nothing to do with racing - we were in search of natural beauty in the form of the amazing Watkins Glen State Park and its nineteen waterfalls

USA: Pennsylvania – Electric City Trolley Museum

October 30, 2021 8:15am
The Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton is a tribute to the first mass transit systems that enabled people to move from their homes in suburbs into American cities, enabling their meteoric growth. Eventually, the trolleys were replaced as automobiles became mass-produced. This museum preserves the history of this gentler form of transport, offering a chance to see some restored trolleys and also the opportunity to take a ride through Scranton and see some of the important historical sites there.

Pennsylvania: Bushkill Falls

October 30, 2021 7:45am
Known as the 'Niagara of Pennsylvania, Bushkill Falls is a set of eight unique waterfalls. the tallest of which is over 100 feet, which are accessible through a series of trails. The water of the Little Bush Kill and Pond Run Creek descends the mountain, toward the Delaware River, forming Bushkill Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Bridesmaid Falls, Laurel Glen Falls, Pennell Falls, and three additional, unnamed falls.

New York: Taughannock Falls State Park

October 26, 2021 8:00am
Taughannock Falls State Park is located on Cayuga Lake, 10 miles north of Ithaca, in New York's Finger Lakes Region. From the parking lot, it is a short and easy 3/4 mile walk along the Taughannock Creek Gorge to the falls which plunge 215 feet from the top of the gorge. This waterfall is 33 feet taller than Niagara Falls and is the tallest single-drop waterfall east of the Rocky Mountaions

New York: Corning – Rockwell Museum

October 6, 2021 3:41pm
The Rockwell Museum (nothing to do with Norman) in Corning, New York is an interesting and diverse collection gifted by local business owners Bob and Hertha Rockwell. The Rockwells had keen eyes for art and exquisite taste.  They owned a department store in the area and used their store as a venue to display their remarkable collection of American art and artefacts, Carder Steuben glass, classic firearms, and antique toys. Today, the Rockwell Museum is a centre for the local community and has achieved prestigious status as a Smithsonian affiliate.

Czech Republic: Prague – Lesser Town; Malá Strana

October 5, 2021 7:00am
The Lesser Town, (Mala Strana) also known as the Lesser or Little Quarter, clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle, across the Vltava River from the Old Town. Here you will find delightfully cobbled streets, cosy bars and restaurants and brightly painted stucco buildings. The atmosphere is less phrenetic than the Old Town and if you are looking for some peace and quiet head to Prague's Mala Strana.

Czech Republic: Prague – Prague Castle

October 5, 2021 6:30am
Dominating the skyline of Prague is Prague Castle which has been an important symbol of the Czech state for more than a thousand years. It was founded in the 9th century and became the seat of Czech rulers and later presidents. The castle, one of the largest complexes in the world, is made up of historical palaces, offices, church and fortification buildings, gardens and picturesque spots
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