November 2012

Chicago a gangster Paradise

  Want to relive the days of gangsters and Al Capone?  Want to see where the events happened on Chicago’s streets during the the hey dey of the 20’s and 30’s?  I did!  For an early Christmas present I took my husband to Chicago. We stayed at the lovely and historic Blackstone and had a […]

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Pearls may be a girl's best friend!

Who said diamonds are a girl’s best friend? How about pearls? Did you know that not all pearls are from the South Pacific and beyond? In fact, my mom and I on our trip to Tennessee literally stumbled (okay after driving for a while twisting and turning our way about) to the very cool Tennessee […]

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Have Wine in Paris tonight!

Have wine in Paris tonight, Paris, Tennessee that is!  Traveling to the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Tennessee we came upon a lovely Italian villa built by the Ciarrocchi family.  The family has Italian roots and since the winery they built is located in Paris, they added a French connection.   Roger Ciarrocchi is a first […]

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Dubuque Overlook

Dubuque , Iowa is filled with twisting turning uphill streets A river town With an incline railroad A town once divided between the Germans and the Irish A town filled with history And romance Beneath the old brick and dust of centuries.

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St. Francis Xavier Basilica in downtown Dyersville!

Although Dyersville, Iowa, the first weekend in November is all about the National Farm Toy Show, each year I don’t feel like the trip was complete without a visit to the glorious St. Francis Xavier Basilica.  Only one of 53 Basilica’s in the United States, this lovely Catholic Church literally takes your breath away.  The definition […]

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Driving in the Indiana Countryside

Driving through the Indiana countryside just a bit south of Indianapolis, I caught this scene outside the passenger window.  Late fall offers a muted beauty as colors fade and Thanksgiving approaches and time stands between fall and winter offering a myriad of scenes to store away before the snow flies.  The crunch of leaves underfoot, […]

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National Quilt Museum

National Quilt Museum On our way to Tennessee while driving through Paducah, my mom commented, “Let’s stop by the quilt museum”. The museum is located downtown and was easy to drive to late on a Sunday afternoon. Two hours later we were glad we did.  The quilts are amazingly beautiful and varied.  We enjoyed the […]

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