American Road Trip: North Dakota & Black Gold

I first got interested in visiting North Dakota after passing over it many times on Virgin Atlantic flights between London and the West Coast.  It was always a few hours before landing, about the time they serve a snack and you wake up from a fairly pathetic attempt at sleep to find ways to pass …

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American Road Trip: The Great Lakes

I’ve never been much of a lake person.  Even those beautiful lakes in New Zealand that are surrounded by huge mountains perfectly reflected on the surface feel a little ominous to me.  I much prefer a wild beach or a river where there is something to see like waves, rapids or weather drastically switching things …

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

I’ve been told many times over the years that when you have kids you stop listening to any music that isn’t The Wiggles or a Disney song.  Apparently you are either too dog-tired to bother or you are so enamoured with childrearing that frivolous things like music just aren’t interesting anymore.   This thought always makes …

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American Road Trip: The Piedmont, Gettysburg & Amish Country

Driving through this incredibly picturesque and historic region of the US was exactly what I needed to unwind after the Memorial Weekend madness on the Atlantic Coast.  The American Piedmont (there is also one in Italy) covers a huge geographical area that is essentially the inland portion of the Eastern United States between the Atlantic …

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