Saturday, July 12, 2014

DREAM TRAVEL: "..what Heaven looks like..."


 Photo via: The Drinking Traveller
I have often wondered what Heaven will look like....I think of the FASTBALL song "The Way"   and the lyrics that say:
 "Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved with gold
It's always summer they'll never get cold.."
But, somehow I've never bought into the "streets of gold" vision.  In my mind, it's not sleek and easy, but ruggedly beautiful, with hills to climb and beautiful sunrises and sunsets to see.  Little did I know, that my vision of heaven was written on the brochure for SAN MARINO.
"Heaven on Earth’ is a term many travelers use to describe a place they love. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to touch the clouds or walk amongst them? You might be thinking that it could only be possible in fairy tales, but a place like this truly exists. If you ever have a great desire to really walk or touch the clouds, you might as well consider paying a visit to San Marino"

Photo by: Алексей Олюшкин via Panoramio

San Marino, officially the Republic of San Marino, is a 61km enclave in Italy.  It is, according to officials of   San Marino, "the oldest surviving sovereign state and a constitutional republic in the entire world". The estimated population of the country comes up to about 30,000.  

Photo via: Italia

The travel site WHENONEARTH has a wonder article on San Marino - READ IT HERE - but one of the descriptions again seems to be out of my other worldly imaginations
"...watching the sunset would probably the best and the most wonderful experience you could expect to have in San Marino. Another and obviously wonderful experience would be walking through the winding paths and streets of San Marino, which is like walking around and climbing mountains in the clouds. So if you are looking for quite a cloudy holiday, San Marino should probably be your first choice destination."

Oh, It does happen to be one of the richest "countries" in the world, so I may have to re-think that "streets of gold" notion.

by George Lindsey



Sunday, July 6, 2014

BOOSTING THE BOURBON CITY PROFILE




(photo from Louisville Metro Govt)

I have a friend coming in from Los Angeles this week, and even though I know she loves coming to visit us...I know she loves our bourbon and foodie scene in Louisville just as much!  She calls it that "KENTUCKY QUALITY" and swears she can't get the food choices and bourbon quality/selection anywhere else.

Chances are you have someone in your life that is the same!  Louisville has done so much to cultivate the "BOURBON CITY, USA" image, and done it well - but now it may be getting a boost to the next level.  

INSIDER LOUISVILLE (which we love at Lindsey Adventures) has an article this week that says:
Insider Louisville obtained a copy of the Mayor’s Bourbon and Food Work Group report from Chris Poynter, director of communications for Mayor Greg Fischer’s office, and the recommendations by the panel of food, spirits and tourism heavy-hitters packs a 100-proof punch, from a media-enabled downtown visitors center to a world-class bourbon and food festival.
(photo from Lane Report)

This is exciting news, We have something unique and are finally starting to capitalize on that KENTUCKY QUALITY.  Insider Louisville, goes on to say:

The proposed center would be a hub for catching buses to local distilleries and other Bourbon Trail sites, featuring a full kitchen and bar with lecture studio, plus lighting and video equipment so that media shows about bourbon and food could be produced there.
“This center should be buzzing with activities seven days a week,” the report says, “with events ranging from dinners, tastings and lectures to launches of bourbon brands.”
The Work Group’s Bourbon Committee envisions a center that would stay open past 5 p.m. through the week with retail opportunities. The committee proposes funding through a combination of distillers’ money, city funds, Convention and Tourism Bureau dollars, philanthropic donations and the local restaurant industry.   (READ ENTIRE STORY HERE)
Just tell us when...and we'll be there, promote it to contacts and invite folks to come visit - even if it's not just to see us!
 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Riding Lessons

Bikes, Backroads and John Quinones


Traveling is a passion.
Bike Riding is a passion.
Adventure is a passion.


I often dream of combining the three, and taking off on my bike for a few weeks to see what I can discover. In this dream, I get a chance to meet people along the way and have my faith in America renewed.  It has long been a theory of mine, that the farther away your get from the coasts, and TV news channels, the more good you will find. I have a gut feeling, a wish really, that people are more accepting, helpful and engaging than we are lead to believe by politics, ratings grabbing headlines and John Quinones  

Monday, June 16, 2014

Best "State Fairs" in America: Did we make it?

We are so spoiled!

Ask any Louisvillian about the Kentucky State Fair, and I bet you a Falls City Beer and Turkey Leg that mullets and tube tops will be the first things to come up! We seem to view our own state fair as a series of out takes from "Here comes Honey Boo Boo"...


We love stereotypes!

But, The Kentucky State Fair is getting due!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

What's wrong with the BEER CHEESE FESTIVAL!!

It sounded like the perfect day....

"We'll zip over to Winchester, Ky for the 2014 Beer Cheese Festival, spend the afternoon walking around sampling 20 different beer cheeses, drinking Ale 8 and soaking in the sunshine...."




That was the plan, that was the intent...but alas it was not to be...but more on that in minute!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Reclaiming the Family Vacation - Part 2

CONDO OR HOTEL?

This year for the first time in years, we spent our family vacation at a hotel instead of a condo.  Deanna (my wife) and I knew this would be different, but we didn't think about the conversation and definitions it would thrust upon us as a vacationing family. (read part one of this story - "3 Steps to Reclaiming The Family Vacation" here)


Which are you Condo or Hotel?  Here are 3 distinct things we found that define the difference (click read more to continue)


Monday, August 26, 2013

3 STEPS TO RECLAIMING THE FAMILY VACATION

Labor Day is here, the unofficial end to summer.  As I glanced into the rear view mirror at summer, it occurred to me that we had one of the best family vacations we have had in years.


We were headed to Hilton Head, South Carolina, but it truly wasn't the destination that made it so satisfying. It was because we reclaimed the break, the getaway, the meaning (for us) of what is a family vacation. And we did it in three simple steps.