What Is It About Downtown

Chicago 1All over the world there are amazing down towns. Famous songs have been written with the words “down town” but I wonder if that one song is really about a down town in some city or is about something else. I kind of don’t think it is about a city but we won’t go there right now. Anyway, most of us have driven through many down towns though out our lives and they seem to have some similarities, to me anyway.

One thing is parking is always a hassle the closer to downtown I get. It really seems like I always pay a premium to park somewhere too far away and then walk a long way to get to where I am going. Maybe I have been spoiled by living in suburbia with my garage door opener and ample parking at the local shopping centers and different venues.

The one-way streets common in downtowns can be a pain to navigate if you are unfamiliar with them because no matter what it always seems when I need to turn one way the street is going the wrong way, at least it seems that way for me at that moment. Then I end up driving through a seemingly endless maze of one way streets always going the wrong way taking me further and further from my down town destination. I don’t think I am the only one this happens to. I mean, can I be??

So I figure when this happens try and enjoy the unique look whatever downtown I happen to be in. But like a lot of things this is easier said than done! Down towns are often built Continue Reading

Portland, OR – Bustle Nestled as Beauty

Portland 1The Pacific Northwest has a beauty beyond compare.  The lushness of the foliage that envelopes the scenery, creates imagination in the beholder.  Nestled amongst the green horizons is a city with character of its own.  Portland Oregon has an amazing vibe and beauty that has become more and more popular. Within the city are great restaurant and shops for tourist’s delight.  As a resident, you may find quaint local businesses that allow you to embrace the Portland you learned to love.


Traveling into the metro of Portland, you will findContinue Reading

Los Angles- Versatile City Nestled in History

Bonaventure1The sun shines above the well-known city by the Pacific.  The proximity of Los Angles leaves ones heart to wish of residence.  Though the traffic is great and the open country is rare, this metropolis has amenities that all desire.  Hence, why the tourist attraction. From ocean to land, the greater Los Angeles area peaks the interest ofContinue Reading

Hidden Gems Beneath the Media Mass

dallas 1When one thinks of Dallas, many think of Dallas Cowboys or Dallas the television series.  Yet within the proud endless land of spacious land, lies gems of art and history.  You could drive for miles on the outskirts of this massive city.  But there is midst of skyscrapers and concrete freeways are museums and history that some may pass by and not notice.  There are lovely parks and ponds that one could walk along.  There is amazing food from southern style to an elite selection.  There are festivals that embrace the diversity that may seem hidden amongst the media culture given.  Overall, Dallas hasContinue Reading

Albuquerque Area – High Desert in the South West

Alb SunsetNew Mexico is called the land of enchantment for good reason. There are probably few places in the United States that have the sunsets that occur here so often. Sure, a lot of places have a good sunset now and then but in New Mexico it is almost a sure thing if there are any clouds in the sky. The light and colors in New Mexico can be spectacular. It must have to do with the altitude in the northern half of the state. Albuquerque is at about 5000 feet and the mountains in northern New Mexico reach up into the 12000 foot range. There is some great skiing in the north half of the state with the beautiful blue skies and clean air.

The culture in New Mexico is also a mixture of cultures with a fascinating history. Native Americans settled into the region dating back to Continue Reading