Category Archives: Travel

Shreveport a Go-Go

My mother loved Johnny Rivers, the rock and roll singer famous for such hits as “Secret Agent Man,” “Summer Rain,” “Memphis,” “Baby, I Need Your Loving” and “Poor Side of Town.” We lived in Rome, Georgia, until I was in … Continue reading

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Oceana was the catch of the trip

For Alan and me, going to New York is mainly about two things: going to plays and going to restaurants. With a museum and gallery or two thrown in for good measure. Of course we have our favorite restaurants. Alan’s … Continue reading

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Clarence Brown Theatre played it perfectly

Nearly 40 Knoxvillians bundled up last week and, shrugging off the predicted rain and freezing temperatures, set out for an annual trek to New York City. Four plays in four days and a vow to only eat at restaurants we … Continue reading

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Noshing in North Carolina

A weekend at the mountain home of friends in nearby North Carolina automatically meant a couple of things to us. First of all, the guys would play golf, of course. Secondly, the women would visit some cute shops in Waynesville … Continue reading

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Cleveland clearly captivates

Our friend Richard Ford was raised in Kentucky and grew up a die-hard Cleveland Browns fan. But, in all his 70 years, Richard had never in person seen the team play. With that big birthday occurring last month, Richard’s wife, … Continue reading

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Pondering pernicious painting in Prague

We loved, loved, loved our time in Prague last month. It is a beautiful, historic city. But our friends and I immediately noticed on our visit that many of the fantastic buildings are defaced by ugly graffiti. That got me … Continue reading

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Prague, ‘the mother of cities,’ pleases

I’m not saying that you should book a flight to Prague just so you can eat dinner there. But, should you find yourself in the neighborhood, there are some damn fine restaurants to visit. Julia and Gary Bentley, Alan and … Continue reading

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Knoxvillians avoid (barely) running aground on Danube

I don’t know how much money Viking Cruises is spending on advertising, but it’s working. I mean, who can resist the tagline, “Spend less time getting there and more time being there?” We couldn’t. Alan and I and our friends, Julia … Continue reading

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Get to Gulf Shores!

  They say that everyone’s favorite beach is the one they went to as a child. I suppose that’s why my favorite beach is Gulf Shores, Alabama. That and the fact it has the most beautiful sugar white sand and … Continue reading

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You’ve got to eat a part of it, New York, New York

Whenever we return from New York, half our friends ask us what plays we saw. But the other half have just one burning question: Where did you eat? So, we took a few notes and a few pictures and here’s … Continue reading

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