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Author - David Gaines

Spending Valentine’s in City of Brotherly Love

For Valentine’s weekend, the ladies and I went to Philadelphia to visit the city of brotherly love. We checked out the LOVE sculpture seen over and over in movies based in Philly. We visited the Liberty Bell, which was smaller than I was expecting, Independence Hall [which was wrapped in scaffolding for renovations], South Street...

Taking a Morning Stroll in New York

Whenever I’m in New York, I feel compelled to run around the city, without a map, snapping pictures of whatever gets in my way. Everywhere you look, there’s a photo op. From the architecture and monuments, landmarks and historical buildings to the local art, the neighborhood hangouts and just about everything else in between...

If You Need a Place to Stay in New York: Hotel 17

Since we’re talking about hotels, let me share about the one where we stayed in New York for the Prince concert. At first we [Nduku, Najwa, Mike and Jenny] were going to stay in one using an employee discount Joanne English, a friend of mine, was offering. The issue, being a week before Christmas, the only ones available were not...

Day Trip to the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD

We took a day trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Inner Harbor is a historic seaport, tourist attraction, and landmark of the city of Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was described by the Urban Land Institute in 2009 as “the model for post-industrial waterfront redevelopment around the world.” The Inner Harbor consists of...

Dad and I at the Ruins of Tuzigoot

The Ruins of Tuzigoot

Tuzigoot National Monument preserves a 2 to 3 story pueblo ruin on the summit of a limestone and sandstone ridge just east of Clarkdale, Arizona, 120 feet above the Verde River floodplain. The Tuzigoot Site is an elongated complex of stone masonry rooms that were built along the spine of a natural outcrop in the Verde Valley. The central...

Vance Statue - Raleigh NC

Day Trip to Raleigh NC

Before heading out to Arizona to visit my dad, I had to take a short day trip to Raleigh to renew my ID or run the risk of being denied from boarding a plane. I literally hopped on a bus to Raleigh, stopped by DMV, then came back byb bus. But between the DMV and when my bus was heading back, I took a walk downtown near the state capitol...