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US icons maintaining their wow factor

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They’re another year older, but their appeal to travellers is undiminished. It’s 134 years since the opening of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, while across [...]

Manning the rails in Pearl Harbour

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You may not have heard of the  US naval tradition of ‘manning the rails’  – but it’s especially poignant as the world marks the 75th anniversary of [...]

Review: Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago

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We knew of the African Apes, but we hadn’t heard about the ‘mind games’. For this reason alone, our visit to Lincoln Park Zoo, in Chicago, Illinois, was certainly an [...]

Streets of San Francisco

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Riding the cable cars of San Francisco is a great experience. These iconic cars are the last of their type in the world and who knows how much longer they’ll operate. Of [...]

Riding a rickshaw

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We took our first pedicab ride in Chicago, Illinois. Obviously, we’d seen rickshaws in Asia, but being keen walkers, we had never been tempted to use what we considered to [...]

Bay Bridge milestone

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Mention San Francisco and many immediately think of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. But, for the time being at least, another lesser-known crossing of San Francisco Bay is [...]

Chicago has lots to brag about

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Who really knows why Chicago is called the ‘Windy City”? Depending on who you ask, it’s either because of the famous summer breezes off Lake Michigan, or the equally [...]