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Archive for September, 2011

Bourbon Capital of the World

By Linda Tancs

Kentucky is known for its thoroughbreds.  In addition to the four-legged variety, it’s known as the epicenter of bourbon, the thoroughbred of distilled whiskey.  They’ve been making liquid gold in Bardstown for centuries.  Today through 18 September the small town celebrates its bourbon-making heritage at the annual festival (www.kybourbonfestival.com).  Over 10 bourbons are particpating in the event, including such well known monikers as Wild Turkey and Jim Beam.  Rest assured, there’s plenty for teetotalers, too.  Like an historic walking tour, hot air ballooning and some tutelage in the ancient craft of barrel making.

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Motorcycle Rentals Overseas

By Linda Tancs

Someone once said that two wheels move the soul.  Easy riders know this.  Now anyone with a heavyweight motorcycle operator’s license can experience moto mojo overseas through Harley Davidson’s international rentals program.  Not a rider?  Why not learn at the Academy of Motorcycling?

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Spinach Capital Hosts Festival

By Linda Tancs

Popeye, the fictional sailor of comic strip and other media fame, certainly made spinach look cool when he sang “I’m strong to the finich cause I eats me spinach.”  The folks in Lenexa, Kansas would no doubt agree with that sentiment.  Part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the city once dubbed the “spinach capital of the world” pays homage to this super green with a super-sized salad and a recipe contest.  This year’s Spinach Festival takes place on 10 September from 9 to 5 at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.  Not into greens, you say?  No worries.  The annual event is equal parts art, crafts and antiques, from stained glass to puzzle boxes to copper tree art.

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Scotsman Soars from Edinburgh to London

By Linda Tancs

The Flying Scotsman is arguably the world’s best known steam locomotive, having dutifully plied the route between London and Edinburgh for decades. Purchased for the nation, it found a home at the National Railway Museum where it is undergoing restoration to full mainline running condition. In the meanwhile, what’s a busy traveler between Edinburgh and London to do? East Coast has the answer. In May, the train operator introduced a Flying Scotsman express service, a four-hour jaunt calling only at Newcastle in its route between Edinburgh and London’s King’s Cross station. The new service is the cream of the puff, you might say. Other improvements include a new early-morning service from Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth, which connects into the Flying Scotsman service at Newcastle.

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Palming Off in Spain

By Linda Tancs

Palm trees are typically symbolic of tropical vacations but are also of historical significance, representating victory, peace or fertility in various cultures.  What better place to contemplate the ancient origins of this popular plant than at Palmeral of Elche, Europe’s largest palm grove in the Spanish province of Alicante.  Just 20 minutes from Alicante’s main rail station, the maze of old (200 to 300 years old) and young palms is easily navigable thanks to circles in the pavement telling visitors which way to walk.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site, cultivation of palms in Elche can be traced back to the 5th century B.C.; the grove’s elaborate irrigation system dates back to the 10th century Moorish roots of its host locale.

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Meet the Wing King in Buffalo

By Linda Tancs

At least 33 tons of crispy, delicious buffalo wings will be served this weekend at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in–where else–Buffalo, New York.  Each Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of people travel across the country to downtown Coca Cola Park in celebration of Buffalo’s signature dish.  It’s there you might also pay tribute to the Wing King, Drew Cerza, the event’s founder.  Do you have a favorite restaurant or sauce?  Nominate them for the Hall of Flame, and give them something to cluck about.

 

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