High Rolling in Vegas

I’ve been to Vegas a lot of times. I’ve never considered myself a high roller except maybe by third world country standards. I’ve never flown to Sin City by helicopter, had afternoon tea with Steve Wynn or played blackjack in the high stakes room. I normally stay in whatever hotel I get on sale, run […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on High Rolling in Vegas

How to Make Everyone in the World Love You

I hear this phrase a lot: “They don’t like Americans over there”. Usually the person saying it is an American and has never been “there” or anywhere else for that matter. The world is easier to understand if you make assumptions and base opinions  on what you thought you saw or read somewhere. Just apply […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on How to Make Everyone in the World Love You

Visiting Vivacious Vancouver

As we pulled next to the immigration booth, I turned up the volume of O’ Canada on the car stereo. The officer tried to hide her smile. Canadians are very patriotic as a rule and it’s doubtful anyone had ever played the Canadian National Anthem in quite that way or that loud before. We were just an […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Visiting Vivacious Vancouver

More than Grunge – What to See in Seattle in a Day

  It was barely 8:00 and the line to Starbucks already looked more like the entrance to a Disney ride than a java shop. It was after all the original Starbucks, the Mecca of coffee, the place where it all began, and all the tourists wanted to say they’d “been there” and buy the $13 […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , | Comments Off on More than Grunge – What to See in Seattle in a Day

Visiting the Twins- Minneapolis and St. Paul

To be honest, Minneapolis wasn’t high on my travel list until I came across a Spirit Airlines promotion that seemed to good to be true. From Houston, the round trip fare was $46. I can’t even get an Uber to the airport for that. I tweeted the deal and asked my friends and followers if […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Visiting the Twins- Minneapolis and St. Paul

Why There’s A Bob Marley Statue in Ethiopia

When you think of Jamaica, you’re likely to conjure up a mental picture of Bob Marley before you think of anything else. There’s no other country in the world where one musician seems to represent the embodiment of an entire culture like Marley is to Jamaica. The dreadlocks, the red/green/yellow color scheme seems sooooo Jamaican. But is it? […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In the Footsteps of Prince- A Visit to Paisley Park

      First Avenue Night Club in Minneapolis was starting to fill up. I sat on the end of the bar sipping a Purple Rain, a drink made famous by the 1984 Prince movie filmed in this legendary venue. Whether Prince ever drank one himself  remains a mystery, but as I sipped my violet colored libation, I […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on In the Footsteps of Prince- A Visit to Paisley Park

Oaxaca- The Real Mexico

I was sitting at a table in the zocalo of Oaxaca enjoying the perfect weather. A young boy approached me with a package of combs. “What was he trying to tell me?” I wondered as I ran my fingers through my hair self-consciously. Next appeared a newspaper guy, followed by a wooden craft lady, and […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Comments Off on Oaxaca- The Real Mexico

Afraid of Lebanon? You Don’t Need to Be.

The immigration officer asked me where I had flown in from. “Lebanon”, I replied. “It’s pretty dangerous over there”, he remarked. “Actually not” said I, “they were some of the nicest people I ever met”. He muttered something as he put a special mark on my embarkation card: a “random” mark according to him that […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Afraid of Lebanon? You Don’t Need to Be.

The Most Amazing Country You’ve Never Heard About

Mention the country of Azerbaijan and you’re likely to get a confused look. Much of the western world hasn’t heard of this nation and is even less likely to be able to locate it on a map. Information about it is sketchy at best. My first thought was that the name sounded like a Middle […]

Posted in houstonia-magazine, Travel | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Most Amazing Country You’ve Never Heard About

Recent travel articles

Independent news articles