I’m fascinated by the idea of living and working temporarily in another country. We’ve talked about eventually moving to England for a short period, maybe six months or even a year. My wife has family there, so it would be a pretty easy transition. Well, easy except for that little thing called a job. I don’t have a job that enables me to work mobile. But what if it could be done? We have friends who did just that: they lived like residents while continuing to work back home, all in Ireland. Here is how our friends maintained temporary residence in Ireland.
The third and final stop in our spring NBA Road Trip brings us to Memphis, the city we call home. We won’t be traveling far to experience a Memphis Grizzlies weekend, but staying a couple of days in Downtown will give us a chance to experience the city like a weekend visitor does. There is so much going on in Downtown Memphis, and when all the museums, shopping, food and fun is mixed with a Memphis Grizzlies home game, it becomes a 48-hour period of giddiness for this family that loves everything about Downtown Memphis.
There are three things that stand out about the Omni Royal Orleans hotel in New Orleans: its location, awesome rooftop and quiet rooms. Being in the heart of the French Quarter gives the Omni Royal Orleans a major check mark. But being in the heart of the Quarter could be a problem for those wanting a good night sleep, which is why the peace and quiet at the Omni Royal Orleans is a second feather in the hotel’s cap. And the third, well, that rooftop and its great views of the Mississippi River and nearby St. Louis Cathedral speaks for itself.
I’m not sure stats exist about how much fans of certain sports travel to enjoy a weekend at the game. Baseball travel is all too obvious. But why not NBA travel? Proving how fun traveling to an NBA game can be is why we set out on the NBA Road Trip. The latest installment took us to New Orleans where we spent an evening enjoying the New Orleans Pelicans. They might not be in playoff contention this season, but the New Orleans Pelicans do have some exciting young players and a fun arena.
Spending 48 hours in New Orleans can be one of the most challenging or fun travel experiences, depending on your perspective. On one hand, the Crescent City has too much to try to cram into a 48-hour period. But if a visitor adopts the city’s great carefree attitude, well, 48 hours in New Orleans is a special experience, even when traveling as a family.
The Midwest Regional of the 2014 NCAA Basketball Tournament is in Indianapolis, and I can think of no better place for fans than this capital of basketball. This weekend, fans of Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Michigan will descend on Downtown Indianapolis for Friday’s Sweet 16 games and Sunday’s Elite Eight tilt. And while basketball will be the focus of the weekend, don’t overlook the awesomeness that is Indianapolis. Here are my recommendations to have some Indianapolis NCAA Tournament fun.
How is it possible to visit New Orleans with kids and have a great time? Well, if stumbling down Bourbon Street en route to a show at Preservation Hall, followed by a nightcap at Pat O’Brien’s and then a 3 a.m. snack of beignets at Cafe du Monde is your idea of a fun night, well, New Orleans with kids might not be the best idea. But if strolling the beautiful streets of the French Quarter, taking a streetcar ride into the Garden District, and sampling this city’s world-class cuisine is your idea of fun, New Orleans with kids holds lots of possibilities.
It’s cliché, isn’t it, to talk about the cowboy culture at the heart of Fort Worth, Texas. The smaller city – and possibly less shiny – of the two namesake cities of the massive Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, might not be home to as many billionaires (eight to Dallas’ 17), Fortune 500 corporations (one to Dallas’ nine) or any of the region’s professional sports teams. But what it arguably does have is the region’s center of culture and history. I believe Fort Worth culture is the most unique in the Metroplex.
When we visit the small Middle Tennessee city of Manchester, it’s usually to visit family; my in-laws live in the city about an hour’s drive south of Nashville. If you’re familiar with big music festivals you’ve probably heard of Manchester’s annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival. But Manchester, Tenn., is also home to an archaeological find: Old Stone Fort State Park. But Old Stone Fort State Park isn’t just a place to discover an ancient place once important for Native Americans. It’s also a fun hiking adventure filled with beautiful waterfalls along the Duck River.