Author Archives: Mike Gerrard

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk

08/08/2017 by .

Remember The Alamo? I’d wanted to visit San Antonio ever since watching the John Wayne movie as a kid. It may have been historically inaccurate – so much so that two of the historical advisers asked for their names to be removed from the credits – but there was lots of shooting and whooping and John Wayne being the brave hero, so what’s not to like when you’re ten years old?

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Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts  

20/07/2017 by .

‘I am not eating fried chicken and donuts for breakfast,’ I said to my wife as we got ready to hit the road out of Houston. Local friends had said we absolutely have to eat at Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts for breakfast before we leave town. ‘I’ll just have an omelette.’

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The LBJ Presidential Library

08/07/2017 by .

Austin in Texas had long been on our wish list of cities to visit, and proved to be everything we’d expected and more. From the grandeur of the State Capitol that opened in 1808 to the fashionable funkiness of the quirky shops on South Congress, where my wife treated herself to a pair of Texas cowgirl boots.

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Lone Star Court Austin

14/06/2017 by .

It was our first visit to Texas and we were arriving in Austin from Houston. We’d found what sounded like the perfect place to stay in the state’s capital: Lone Star Court. Does that sound like the perfect Texas hotel or what?

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The Arty Side of Las Vegas

29/04/2017 by .

Pljay a word association game with the name of Las Vegas and the responses would be words like gambling, slot machines, showgirls, shows and the Las Vegas Strip. But there’s another more cultured side to the city, usually hidden beneath the brash neon.

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Ten of the Best American Scenic Byways

13/03/2017 by .

Everyone’s heard of Route 66 and the Pacific Coast Highway, two of the greatest road trips in the USA, but there are over 100 other stunning scenic drives which needn’t take you weeks to complete. These are America’s National Scenic Byways.

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