Journey with Kileen

Journey with Kileen: 7 Wonders of the World, Part 2

Can you name the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World? Probably not. I am a history major and I can remember a couple of them but all but one have been destroyed mostly by earthquakes. The one you can probably remember still exists today and that is the Pyramids of Giza. The other wonders are the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (600BC), the Statue of Zeus at ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: 7 Wonders of the World

Can you name the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World? Probably not. I am a history major and I can remember a couple of them but all but one have been destroyed mostly by earthquakes. The one you can probably remember still exists today and that is the Pyramids of Giza. I took a Mediterrean cruise that hit the high spots¦Barcelona, Spain, Rome, Athens, ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Door County, WI – Simply Spectacular

I used to hear that Door County was the Cape Cod of the Midwest. But someone else said no.  Cape Cod was the Door County of the East Coast. So I guess it’s all in your perspective. To the west are the waters of Green Bay and on the east is Lake Michigan. There are over three hundred miles of ragged, rocky shoreline, containing ten light...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Charleston and Savannah Are Calling

Two of the most beautiful and historic southern cities in America, Charleston and Savannah, could be calling you. History comes alive in Charleston as you tour along cobblestone streets lined with antebellum homes with beautiful gardens that can be seen from behind 300 year old iron gates. As you travel along theBattery at the Harbor you’ll ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Tennessee/Kentucky Mystery Tour

What is a mystery tour? Many tour companies offer them. Usually they run 3-5 days. In my company they are all 5 days and we offer 3 different mystery tours a year—summer, fall foliage/Halloween theme, & Christmas theme.         It takes a special person to do a mystery tour but those who do, tend to...Read More

Journey with Kileen: America’s Music Cities

This is a tour for people who love their music. For our tours we either motorcoach from Chicago to St. Louis or you can fly to St. Louis. Whichever way you choose, the tour begins with a city tour of St. Louis before continuing on to Branson, MO in the heart of the Ozarks. This particular tour highlights two other cities, Memphis and Nashville. If ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Each early October the skies around Albuquerque, New Mexico are painted with hundreds of balloons as they lift off from Fiesta Park. This is the world’s largest hot-air balloon rally. It is an early start the morning of the Opening Ceremonies when you can go see the mass ascension of the many different shaped balloons as they lift off at sun...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Galveston, So Rich in History

Galveston, oh Galveston. I can hear your sea winds blowing¦ as the words of Glen Campbell’s song goes¦ on the beach where we used to roam. And the beach has been tied totally to Galveston’s history. You may not know this but Galveston is an island, actually a barrier island, about 45 miles southeast of Houston, TX. Galveston is part S...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Mountain State (WV) – A Great Fall Trip

Have you ever heard of the New River Train? This special train only runs 4 days–Sat & Sun of 2 fall weekends in October. This is a great trip either to take as an escorted tour or on your own. You board the train in Huntington, WV. You may remember Huntington from the tragic plane crash that killed most of their football team on November ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: Pacific Coast Journey

My company, Mayflower Tours, has a wonderful new tour called Pacific Coast Journey. It is already so popular that they have added another departure to include two in September. The tour starts in Portland, Oregon, the City of Roses. On the first day, there is a welcome dinner @ Rheinlander German restaurant complete with singing waiters. The next ...Read More

Journey with Kileen: The Elms Hotel – Excelsior Springs, MO.

During its existence, the celebrated Elms Resort and Spa has nurtured a rich and vibrant history. The Elms has not only established itself as a sought-after destination for over 100 years but a true survivor against all odds. I recently had a chance to stay at this old historic hotel and thought it might interest some of my readers. I looked up His...Read More

JOURNEY WITH KILEEN: Glacier and Yellowstone!

Another excursion Vacation by Rails has is their tour to Yellowstone & Glacier. This article will focus more on Glacier (one of my favorite parks) since I discussed Yellowstone in depth in previous articles. Besides Amtrak, who is now starting their own escorted tours this year, only one other tour company offers a tour to these two places on t...Read More

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