Friday, January 19, 2018

Rincón, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Feral goats are all over Bonaire and often come into towns like Rincón, the original Spanish settlement on the island. Before it was Dutch, it was part of Spain's New World colonies, and residents survived by farming. In fact, the very word colony comes from Latin colonia, "a place for agriculture." Goats, once domestic, have now gone wild. [2017]

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Want to get away from the cruise ports of the Caribbees? Go to Bonaire and relax. Or, go to Bonaire and dive. The main tourist draw is underwater: the coral reefs. They have been called the best in the Caribbean. But, you'll have to see them fast. Their heyday is over and they are dying, just like coral reefs all over the world. [2017]

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Oranjestad, Aruba

From his campground on Surfside Beach, he could watch the Eurodam pull into the Cruise Terminal around 7 am and leave late in the afternoon. Ready for a walk into town? Consider the 2,000 passengers that will disgorge from the ship and another 2,000 from the Tui Discovery. But, don't wait until tomorrow: Four cruise liners will be in port! [2017]

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Oranjestad, Aruba

Today, Oranjestad is a cruise port. The street sign tells you that the shops here are an easy walk from the ship. For centuries, however, the harbor brought horse traders because the island was a breeding ground for caballos. The only ones left are Caribbean blue. Any questions? Just ask Rosalinda. [2017]

Monday, January 15, 2018

Washington, DC, USA

Got the day off? Thank Martin Luther King, Jr. And, while you're at it, remember how he challenged us to live up to our values. These folks, backed up by the Lincoln Memorial (both literally and figuratively), just finished a day of celebrating MLK's life on the 50th anniversary of his march on Washington. [2013]

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Chester, Virginia, USA

Museums aren't the only places where you can find the Holiday Inn Great Sign. Here's one in a cemetery. It may only be a replica, but it's going to outlast the real ones. It's made of granite, the rock of ages. Do you think the man buried here may have owned or managed a Holiday Inn? [2007]

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

At least one Holiday Inn Great Sign survived. It's front and center at the American Sign Museum, along with a lot of other roadside relics of the 1950s and 60s. The first Holiday Inn opened in 1952, and the art deco sign made an appearance almost immediately. The Holiday Inn brand is now part of the third largest hotel chain in the world. [2017]