St. Michael’s Church – Vienna, Austria

Vienna is not so much a walking city as it is a city for those that like to wander. Everywhere you look; left, right, forward, behind you, or straight up, there is something beautiful to see. Rich in history, music, and art of all medias, this city captivates me. I love it when this happens….

The Beguiled

be·guile bəˈɡīl/ verb charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way. “The Beguiled” is Sofia Coppola’s first film since The Bling Ring. Based on A Painted Devil by Thomas Cullinan, Clint Eastwood starred in the 1971 film adaptation. The story takes place in Virginia during the Civil War at an all-girls boarding school. Only…

Windsor Ruins – Claiborne County, Mississippi

About 10 miles southwest of Port Gibson is what is left of the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in the State of Mississippi.  Three stories with twenty-five rooms (each room with a fireplace).  The construction costs of the home were $175,000 at the time or roughly $4,665,000 in today’s market. Windsor played a…

Texas State Cemetery – Austin, Texas

I try to visit at least one cemetery every place I go.  They are full of history, impressive art and it gives you a little time to reflect or ponder life or to simply honor the lives of the deceased. I went on an EARLY morning road trip and BBQ run with Karen, Frank and…

West Side Cafe – Fort Worth, Texas 

On the far west side of town is a cafe. More like a diner. The sign out front reads: COUNTRY COOKIN WEST SIDE CAFE TATTOO This is West Side Cafe. When you walk in, the waiting area has a bench to sit on lining the wall. You will need it if you come on weekend…

Baby Driver

This movie is fast paced and fun. This story is about a guy that is great at being a getaway car driver. He stole from the wrong man at the wrong time but his talent was recognized by that wrong man at the right time. Get it?  Not yet, but you will. The soundtrack is…

Forest Park Pool – Fort Worth, Texas

I have found my favorite place to go swimming in Fort Worth. The Forest Park Pool is a City of Fort Worth public pool. Closed for several years, it has been renovated and reopened for business. The pool is big, blue and super clean. Lifeguards are plentiful and there is a Fort Worth police person…

Benito’s – Fort Worth, Texas

This is not a Tex-Mex restaurant. It is real deal Mexican food. Benito’s has been around for 30+ years.  Located in the Fairmont neighborhood on Magnolia, it is pretty easy to find. You walk in, are swiftly seated and your drink order taken. Go ahead and order chips and hot sauce at this time as…

T2 – Trainspotting

I am Generation X. I remember the first time I saw Trainspotting back in the 90’s. Those were exciting times. The music was changing  and everything happening in the movie was happening in or around my life at that time. Maybe not as extreme, but I could still relate. The tragedies and the bad decisions…

Snow’s BBQ – Lexington, Texas

Texas Monthly recently released its Top 50 Best Barbecue Joints in Texas list.     Of all the lists of all the Barbecue joints in The Great Lone Star State, the annual Texas Monthly list is the Bible of Barbecue. With it comes faithful followers, heated discussions, non-believers and those who make their own interpretations….

Sid Richardson Museum – Fort Worth, Texas

Not big in size, but enormous in talent and rich in acquisitions is the Sid Richardson Museum in Downtown, Fort Worth. Who is Sid Richardson, you ask? Sid Richardson was a Texas businessman and a generous philanthropist.   Early on, his fortune was made with oil and carbon.  In the 1930’s he became involved in ranching.  It…

The Fairmont Hotel – Dallas, Texas

I felt like swimming this weekend.  I checked prices to some local water parks and then thought about the crowds and the noise and wondered if it would be worth it. Then, a lightbulb went on over my head and I started to ponder other options.  Eventually, I was on Priceline and wound up getting…