Thursday, 28 August 2014

Days 490 to 492: St Louis

Before arriving in St Louis, the sum total of my knowledge about the city was this: it has a big steel arch, hence my reasons for going in the first place, and it is currently experiencing some very high profile media attention about racial tensions and alleged heavy-handed policing. Well, you can add this one to the list: St Louis is great.


(Also, to my great surprise, it's pronounced St Lewis, not St Lou-ee, despite being named after the French king and saint, Louis IX. I've still not got used to this yet, and am not sure if I approve. St Louis residents: sort this out.)

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Days 486 to 489: The Midwest Mini Roadtrip

Mount Rushmore is 939 miles from Chicago. I know this because Google Maps tells me so. And because I drove there.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Days 484 to 485: Chicago

We spent four days in Montevideo: nice, but a little dull. We three days in Lima: one would have been more than enough. And we spent three days in ghastly Naples. Yet we spent barely two days in Chicago, wonderful, cool, beautiful, exciting Chicago. What the hell?



Thursday, 14 August 2014

Days 475 to 479: Toronto and the Donuts

Every now and again in a man's lifetime, something very special happens. A moment of magic that changes everything, so that everything else in that lifetime can be measured as pre- or -post event. In Toronto, that happened to me. I discovered this:


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Days 469 to 474: New York




Here are some facts about New York.

1. It is a city. A big city.
2. It is made up of five districts, or boroughs as they are called here. They are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island, but the only one visitors care about is Manhattan. Some of them occasionally pretend to be interested in Brooklyn, but they're not really.
3. Manhattan is stuffed full of skyscrapers, many of them very famous. Other cities also have a lot of skyscrapers but none of them are as cool as Manhattan's. As far as is possible with skyscrapers, which are a concept that only became possible in the late 19th Century, Manhattan has historic skyscrapers. Seven of them were, at one point, the tallest buildings in the world.
4. Danielle and I were there, from Tuesday 22nd to Sunday 27th July.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

As the last review, on the Sagrada Familia, might have suggested, we were in Barcelona. But only for a few days. Originally, the plan had been to spend a couple of weeks in northern Spain, then pop back to Scotland for a weekend of weddings, before continuing the travels. But for the last few months, Danielle's wisdom teeth have being causing her a lot of discomfort, and so we decided to pop back to Scotland for a couple of weeks. She had a couple of her wisdom teeth removed, and we spent a lovely week up north, in the country, at my mother's house.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Days 459 to 466: Rome

Rome. It's quite a famous city. It may be the most influential city of all time. The Romans turned it into the most fabulous city in the world two thousand years ago, and ever since then it's been on a roll. The Catholic Church set up shop there, Renaissance art flourished, and spaghetti carbonara was invented. It was the very obvious capital for a unified Italy from 1870. It's had its ups and downs, but there's no doubt Rome has lived a very full life. The evidence is all around. Rome is packed full of history, monuments, ruins, all gloriously spread across the city like juicy currants in a hot cross bun.