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Where to eat and sleep in Birmingham Alabama

Birmingham is a dynamic city with a lot to see and do for the traveler. Southern Hospitality is alive and well and you can find it at the following places. I stayed at the Hyatt Place in Down… Read More

Magical realism and wine in Chile

Daniella Esturillo, the general manager of Gillmore and daughter of its founder Francisco Gillmore told us funny stories at dinner. She is one of those superenthusiastic people with a child-like bright smile and wide open eyes that find… Read More

Santiago General Cemetery (Cementerio General) Chile.

The Santiago General Cemetery in Chile, (Cementerio General de Santiago), rivals the great resting places of the world. Often compared with the Recoleta in Buenos Aires, it is larger, the size of 80 football fields. Many of Chile’s… Read More

Sloss Furnace Birmingham Alabama

Sloss furnace in Birmingham Alabama operated from 1882 until 1972. It produced pig iron from its huge blast furnaces. The  narrow cat walks tunnels and rusted metal machinery is on a scale that is intimidating when you think… Read More

Birmingham Alabama Civil Rights District Kelly Ingram Park

In 1963, members of the Ku Klux clan planted a bomb at the 16Th street Baptist church that was at the center of the civil rights movement in Birmingham Alabama. The bombing killed four young Afro American girls…. Read More

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Ray Scott, Hanging with the Godfather of Bass in Alabama

Alabama. Ray Scott is a big man. He has a big house, a big hat, he catches big bass. Above all he has a huge personality that is infectious. He is a man with a million stories of… Read More

Saw’s BBQ, Alabama cooking at its best

Alabama is a barbecue lovers heaven. In the small neighborhood of Homewood just out side of Birmingham, there is an unassuming little place called Saw’s, short for “sorry ass Wilson’s after the owner Mike Wilson, where I had… Read More