“You can almost feel them in here with us, can't you?” I'm not one to go for woo-woo ghost stories, nor do I believe in haunted places, but I must admit that the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa has done a beautiful job of keeping memories alive, ...

 

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Musical Ghosts in the Surf Ballroom

“You can almost feel them in here with us, can’t you?” I’m not one to go for woo-woo ghost stories, nor do I believe in haunted places, but I must admit that the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa has done a beautiful job of keeping memories alive, decades after “the day the music died.” The interior feels like a movie set – the 1948 wooden dance floor made of maple, ocean-themed murals covering the back walls, original wooden booths with dark green Naugahyde seat coverings, all watched over by the famous stage that is still flanked by fake palm

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Afternoon Tea on the Red Bus Bistro in Edinburgh, Scotland

When it comes to exploring Edinburgh, there are dozens of tours to choose from. Walking tours, bus tours, bike tours, you name it. But what if you could mix a tour of Edinburgh with a delicious lunch or dinner? The Red Bus Bistro lets you do just that! The iconic double-decker Red Bus Bistro leaves from Waterloo Place, just a couple minutes away from Waverley Train Station and the central bus station. There are three tours a day, all of which come with a full afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly. Now, if you’re an American like me and

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Port Aransas and Rockport Fulton Beaches Open for Business After Harvey

It has been a difficult road back for many communities after Hurricane Harvey’s direct hit on the Texas coast in late August 2017, but three of the towns that were most damaged have made an enormous effort to recover, and they are ready and eager to welcome visitors. If you are thinking about a beach or coastal vacation, consider going to this part of the Texas Gulf Coast, where your presence and your wallet would certainly do some good and would be VERY much appreciated. I made a quick road trip from my home near Austin to check the current

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Belfast: Food, Drink, and History in Five Pubs

Belfast is a city of stories. People have been living at its location along the banks of the Lagan for well more than a thousand years. It has long been a crossroads of travel, as it is today. There are Victorian era buildings you will see all around. There’s the Titanic story — it was built in Belfast, as were many other ships over the years. There are stories of the Troubles, the murals, their legacy both in politics and in day to day life. There are also, at this writing, all the stories and uncertainties around Brexit. Belfast is

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How to Have the Perfect Day in Sydney

Many travelers mistakenly think that Sydney is the capital of the Land Down Under — and who can blame them? Sydney is Australia’s largest city and sees the most international visitors per year. It’s also the city most referenced in pop culture whenever Australia is portrayed. If you find yourself in this cool, coastal city for just one day, here are all the shenanigans you should get up to. Be sure to pack your walking shoes, this itinerary will have you clocking heaps of kilometers on your fitbit. Morning at the Beach Start your day in Coogee, a quiet beach

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