November 2013

Abe's Southside Cafe and Pub

In the Land of Lincoln, of course it is all about Abe and a statue of Abe is quite fitting in this café located on Springfield’s south Sixth street. Part of the Travelodge hotel, we found the café to be quiet and friendly. This past Thanksgiving Day weekend we met here with friends and enjoyed […]

Midgetoys were among some of the unusual toys spied at toy show

The Central Illinois Toy Show in Bloomington, Illinois was a first for me. After trying out a new place to eat Abe’s Café in Springfield, we meandered north and headed for the Holiday Inn near the airport to see what the show had to offer. There were many cool toys that you don’t usually see […]

Dollars are markers of wishes at Lynch's Irish Pub-Picture by Rose Hammitt

Besides having just down right good food, Rose Hammitt and I enjoyed the atmosphere at Lynch’s Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach. Curious about the dollar bills with names that appear on almost every empty spot in the ceiling and other sites, we asked our server about them. “They are markers, wishes,” she replied simply. Two […]

Fort Caroline, the First French Settlement

Fort Caroline is two stories; a story of the first French settlement, and the story of murder and revenge. Hearing the history of Fort Caroline from the Beaches Museum Executive Director Dr. van de Gutche my friend Rose Hammitt and I had to see firsthand where all this history happened. The Fort Caroline website explained […]

Surfer statues at Jacksonville Beach's Latham Plaza

Part of the fun in traveling is the art and how it reflects the local culture. This statue provides a look at the surf craze on Florida’s Jacksonville Beach. From the distance, the statues appear to be real. When a bit closer it is clear that they are statues. Located at Jacksonville Beach’s Latham Plaza […]