Strong Dollar worst Exchange Rate since 1985

I have around a month before my first trip to the States since 2019. It looks like it is going to be very expensive and way more than I am used to. Today the rate against the weak UK pound was £1 = $1.14. It doesn’t seem that there will be change any time soon mainly down to the war in Ukraine and the prospect … Continue reading Strong Dollar worst Exchange Rate since 1985

Hollywood Walk of Fame – Los Angeles, CA

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of the must visit attractions when visiting Los Angeles. Approximately 10 million tourists visit the free attraction annually. Hollywood Boulevard is home to just over 2,700 stars that are embedded into the pavements and covers 15 blocks of the Boulevard and 3 blocks of Vine Street, a distance of 1.3 miles east to west and for a further … Continue reading Hollywood Walk of Fame – Los Angeles, CA

New York – New Years Eve Times Square

In London revellers flock to the banks of the River Thames to see the firework display around the London Eye to herald the start of a new year. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the 2022 fireworks have already been cancelled. New Yorkers on the other hand can see the traditional ‘Ball Drop’ on 31st December in Times Square in person. Revellers will have to buy … Continue reading New York – New Years Eve Times Square

Penn Station – New York City – Spectacular New Hall Opens

After New York lost the original Penn Station to facilitate Madison Square Garden in the early 1960s and all that remained was an underground hall, New Yorkers are welcoming a new spectacular hall for Amtrak customers.  The Moynihan Train Hall opened on 1 January 2021 in the building that housed the Farley Road Post Office directly across from the Madison Square Garden/Penn Station entrance. The … Continue reading Penn Station – New York City – Spectacular New Hall Opens

Coronavirus – More Bad News for Shoppers

The Coronavirus continues in it’s quest to cause as much disruption as possible. Two giants of a New York Shopping Weekend have had to throw in the white towel. Admittedly one of these well known names was going to out of some folks budget but the other was almost an attraction of New York in it’s own right. Lord & Taylor of 5th Avenue closed … Continue reading Coronavirus – More Bad News for Shoppers

New York – Hudson Yards Neighbourhood

It is just over a year since I was last in New York and I never got a sniff of this amazing newly developed neighbourhood on the west-side of Midtown Manhattan. Hudson Yards is an area roughly between 30th Street in the south, 43rd Street in the north, the West Side Highway in the west and Eighth Avenue in the east. Covering an area of … Continue reading New York – Hudson Yards Neighbourhood

American Dream – NJ

This is exciting news and should be a ‘slam dunk’ for the European market looking for a new weekend experience. From the same company that brought the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota and the West Edmonton Mall, Canada is the long awaited American Dream. Due to open 25 October and located in the New Jersey Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Located across from … Continue reading American Dream – NJ

Filling Up at the Pump Stateside

I pulled into a gas service station between Burlington and Bellingham WA to make sure that I had enough gas to get me back to Vancouver. Unlike in the UK you can either pay at the pump or pre-pay inside. I always have problems using a card at the pumps over in America because it doesn’t seem to recognise my credit card as credit for … Continue reading Filling Up at the Pump Stateside