Pullman Hotels and Resorts

20 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, Paris / Île-de-France Reading Time:  8 minutes

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com - International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel © flickr.com – International Railway Summit/cc-by-sa-2.0

Pullman Hotels and Resorts is a French multinational upscale hotel brand owned by Accor. Pullman has 145 hotels and resorts in 42 countries spread across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle-East and Oceania.   read more…

Jim Crow laws

17 May 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  6 minutes

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi © Marion Post Wolcott - United States Library of Congress

Segregated movie theater in Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi
© Marion Post Wolcott – United States Library of Congress

The Jim Crow laws were state and local laws introduced in the Southern United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that enforced racial segregation, “Jim Crow” being a pejorative term for an African American. Such laws remained in force until 1965. Formal and informal segregation policies were present in other areas of the United States as well, even as several states outside the South had banned discrimination in public accommodations and voting. Southern laws were enacted by white-dominated state legislatures (Redeemers) to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by African Americans during the Reconstruction era. Such continuing racial segregation was also supported by the successful Lily-white movement.   read more…

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

27 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  3 minutes

© flickr.com - Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Prayitno/cc-by-2.0

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is an American seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump. As of October 2022, 35 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurants operate worldwide. 22 of these locations are in the United States, four are in Mexico, three are in Japan, and one each are in Mainland China, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada and Qatar. The company is based in Houston, Texas, and has been a division of Landry’s Restaurants since 2010.   read more…

Midtown Miami

20 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  7 minutes

Midtown Miami skyline © Marc Averette/cc-by-sa-1.0

Midtown Miami skyline © Marc Averette/cc-by-sa-1.0

Midtown Miami is the collective term for the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods of Miami, Florida. It is located north of Downtown and south of the Miami Design District and is roughly bound by North 20th Street to the south, I-195 to the north, I-95 to the west, and Biscayne Bay to the east.   read more…

Hard Rock Cafe

18 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, London, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  8 minutes

London © Adz2042/cc-by-sa-4.0

London © Adz2042/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hard Rock Cafe, Inc. is a chain of theme bar-restaurants, memorabilia shops, casinos and museums founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton in London. In 1979, the cafe began covering its walls with rock and roll memorabilia, a tradition which expanded to others in the chain. In 2007, Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. was sold to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and was headquartered in Orlando, Florida, until April 2018, when the corporate offices were relocated to Davie, Florida. As of July 2018, Hard Rock International has venues in 74 countries, including 172 bar or cafe-restaurants, 37 hotels, and 11 casinos.   read more…

Duke University in North Carolina

12 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Universities, Colleges, Academies Reading Time:  5 minutes

James Buchanan Duke statue by Charles Keck with chapel in the background © Charles Keck

James Buchanan Duke statue by Charles Keck with chapel in the background © Charles Keck

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day city of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.   read more…

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando

9 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage Reading Time:  11 minutes

Hogsmeade village © Elbert Hampton

Hogsmeade village © Elbert Hampton

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area spanning three theme parksIslands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida and the upcoming Universal Epic Universe—at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida. The area is themed to the Harry Potter media franchise, adapting elements from the film series and novels by J. K. Rowling. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter was designed by Universal Creative from an exclusive license with Warner Bros. Entertainment.   read more…

Ultra Music Festival in Miami

5 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  6 minutes

Panorama of Bayfront Park © Robert Giordano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Panorama of Bayfront Park © Robert Giordano/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that takes place annually in March in Miami, Florida. The festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes.   read more…

Independence in Missouri

1 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon voyage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Harry S. Truman's Independence home, now part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site © Nationalparks/cc-by-sa-2.5

Harry S. Truman’s Independence home, now part of the Harry S. Truman National Historic Site
© Nationalparks/cc-by-sa-2.5

Independence is the 5th most populous city in Missouri and the county seat of Jackson County. Independence is a satellite city of Kansas City, Missouri, and is the largest suburb on the Missouri side of the Kansas City metropolitan area. In 2020, it had a total population of 123,011.   read more…

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