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
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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…

Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Manhattan

30 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City Reading Time:  6 minutes

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© David Shankbone/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Congregation Shearith Israel (lit.: Congregation Remnant of Israel), often called The Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, is an Orthodox Jewish synagogue located at 2 West 70th Street, at Central Park West, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, New York, United States.   read more…

Salisbury in Massachusetts

23 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  10 minutes

Town Hall © John Phelan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © John Phelan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Salisbury is a small coastal beach town and summer tourist destination in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. The community is a popular summer resort beach town situated on the Atlantic Ocean, north of Boston on the New Hampshire border. It is home to the new Salisbury Beach Boardwalk, full of souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, arcades and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. The population was 9,236 at the 2020 census. Parts of town comprise the census-designated place of Salisbury.   read more…

Madison Avenue in Manhattan

19 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City, Shopping Reading Time:  7 minutes

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© MTATransitFan/cc-by-3.0

Madison Avenue is a north-south avenue in the borough of Manhattan in New York City, United States, that carries northbound one-way traffic. It runs from Madison Square (at 23rd Street) to meet the southbound Harlem River Drive at 142nd Street, passing through Midtown, the Upper East Side (including Carnegie Hill), East Harlem, and Harlem. It is named after and arises from Madison Square, which is itself named after James Madison, the fourth President of the United States.   read more…

5 Beekman Street in Manhattan

12 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Hotels, New York City Reading Time:  7 minutes

Beekman Tower © Paul Hermans/cc-by-sa-4.0

Beekman Tower © Paul Hermans/cc-by-sa-4.0

5 Beekman Street is a building in the Financial District of Manhattan in New York City, United States. It is composed of the 10-story, 150-foot-tall (46 m) Temple Court Building and Annex (also known as Temple Court) and a connected 51-story, 687-foot-tall (209 m) condominium tower called the Beekman Residences, which contains 68 residential units. The 287-unit The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel, also known as The Beekman Hotel, occupies all three structures.   read more…

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