Wow Place #182: Paley Center for Media, New York City

Wow Place #182: Paley Center for Media, New York City If you’re a certain age and grew up in the States, you probably (like me) watched a lot of television as a kid. While young people these days have a lot more ways to distract themselves, ie. video games, social media, YouTube and Tiktok, for […]

Wow Place #181: Park Guell, Barcelona, Spain

Arthur C. Clark once wrote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” This is pretty true, I think. If say, William Shakespeare, was transported in a time machine to the present day, what would he think of smart phones and TVs and elevators and, heck, electric toothbrushes? He’d no doubt think a magician was […]

Wow Place #180: Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I won’t lie that I was a bit nervous before going to Rio. My friends who’d been there had warned me, “Don’t carry anything of value on your person. You WILL be robbed.” How’s that for a warm welcome to a country! On my first day of sightseeing, I heeded their advice and emptied my […]

Wow Place #179: Padma, Kyoto

As my winter New Zealand vacation looms nearer, the thought occurs to me that maybe I should pay all my bills early so I don’t get dinged with late fees. Particularly when it comes to my biggest bill, my estimated quarterly taxes, a part of me is thinking, “Why not just pay them now so […]

Wow Place #178: Star Trek Experience

For the most part, I try to write posts about places that still exist, locations you can actually visit. But occasionally, like today, I feel compelled to write about a Wow place that has, shall we say, bitten the dust. Call this, then, a “memorial” post for the Las Vegas Star Trek Experience. For a […]

Wow Place #177: Tenryuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

Obviously, “skirt chasing” is not cool, but what about “kimono chasing”? I’m embarrassed to admit that this is exactly what I find myself doing when we arrive at Tenryuji. For some reason never fully explained to me, this stunning temple in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district is a supremely popular place for dressing up in traditional garb […]

Wow Place #175: Old San Juan

San Juan, Puerto Rico is not a great place for vegans. There are one or two restaurants here and there that might offer a vegan-like dish, but by and large, if you’re on a plant-based diet (as my wife and I are), you’re on your own. That’s what leads Donica and I to bring a […]

Wow Place #174: The Melkweg, Amsterdam

Although not much of an “evening guy” these days when traveling, more often than not preferring to sit in my hotel room at night, reading a book or watching a movie on my Ipad, there was, indeed, a time when I needed to get out and sample the nightlife. That impulse is what leads me […]

Wow Place #173: Hearst Castle

According to a recent article titled, The Future of Entertainment, “as traditional television becomes obsolete, the entertainment landscape will continue to evolve embracing interactive and personalized experiences.” I think this must be true, given all the unique diversions I keep seeing pop up on my daily news feed. “Explore a secret garden via VR glasses.” […]