Gateway Arch, St Louis MS

Built as a monument to the Western Expansion of the 19th century and symbolises the ‘Gateway to the West’, the Gateway Arch in St Louis is one of the most recognisable symbols of America. Standing at 630ft tall it is not only the tallest arch in the world but the tallest monument in the United States. Designed by American-Finnish architect Eero Saarinen it was officially … Continue reading Gateway Arch, St Louis MS

Presidential Libraries

Franklin D Roosevelt made a deal with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in 1939 and asked them to take control, at the end of his term of office of his personal and presidential papers because he thought that it was important to American history. He also donated a substantial portion of his private estate, Hyde Park in New York to the Government as well. … Continue reading Presidential Libraries

Seattle – Mariner’s Stadium Tour

I made a reservation online and decided that the 14.30 tour on 5 July was my preferred choice. Tickets cost $12.50 plus booking fee. I arrived at King St Station Seattle almost on schedule at 11.00. The surrounding streets were from an older period and there was an open air pedestrianised area called Occidental Square that was very lively. I wandered up towards Pike St … Continue reading Seattle – Mariner’s Stadium Tour

Anyone Looking for a New Job in eating BBQ?

Fancy earning $10,000 for travelling around the States eating BBQ? Have a look at this job description Reynolds Wrap are looking for someone this summer to travel around the states eating BBQ. I wasn’t sure if Reynolds Wrap was a chain of sandwich shops so was surprised to find they make tin foil (aluminum) and are actually a New Zealand company. I can’t apply unfortunately … Continue reading Anyone Looking for a New Job in eating BBQ?

Mount Vernon – Washington

I finalised my visit into America now and will be staying in Mount Vernon which is about 1.15 hours from Surrey in British Columbia. I know that the border crossing could hours to my trip. I am going to cross over the Peace Arch at Blaine for 3 nights next month. I chose this area because it in between Seattle and Vancouver. I want some … Continue reading Mount Vernon – Washington

South Dakota – Open letter from Sir Richard Branson

As a Virgin First Mate I found this in my work ‘inbox’ which amused me. Virgin Voyages launch in April 2020 on a rotation of 4 or 5 night voyages from Miami. The Scarlet Lady hasn’t been launched yet but the voyages are open for sale. Virgin are reinventing the cruise experience and no children are allowed. Apparently there will be a resident Tattoo Artist … Continue reading South Dakota – Open letter from Sir Richard Branson

Mount Washington Cog Railway Celebrates 150 Years

I received an email the other day congratulating Mount Washington’s 150th anniversary in time for the new summer season. Some of you will have already read about my visit in 2018 (if not here) New England 26 May – Mount Washington On a clear day apparently you can see the Atlantic Ocean from the summit. At 6288 feet it is the highest peak in the … Continue reading Mount Washington Cog Railway Celebrates 150 Years