Author: Bobby Thompson

  • Did You Know That Lisbon is Super Hilly?

    The latter half of April was given over to international travel.  We had flights to Morocco on TAP (Air Portugal), and they offered us a free layover in Lisbon.  We didn’t want to give up too much time in Morocco, but a quick weekend stop sounded fun. We booked two nights in the city and…

  • Belated Eclipse Musings

    I’ve been radio silent for quite a bit, but it hasn’t felt that long from my perspective.  I suppose that regular travel eats into my blog writing time more than I’d anticipated.  I’ve basically traveled every weekend since I left Nashville. I plan to post about a bunch of that travel soon, but first I…

  • Farewell, Nashville

    Nashville was an excellent demonstration of my “don’t plan my visit to any city too thoroughly in advance” strategy both not working great, and of it working absolutely perfectly. In order to avoid the stress and time requirements of doing research and planning for each city I visit to make sure I don’t “miss” anything,…

  • The Grand Ole Opry

    My last week in Nashville I figured I needed to do something stereotypically touristy.  So I got Wednesday night tickets to the Grand Ole Opry.  My first thought?  These tickets are way more expensive than I would have guessed. I grew up in the South, and listened to a decent amount of Country music, but…

  • Fine Dining: Locust in Nashville

    Plenty of people know that I love food.  I am a huge fan of trying new cuisines and digging into favorite dishes at new places.  I also make lists of restaurants that really make me happy, and catalog the dishes they make that I enjoy the most. I imagine that just looking at the percentage…

  • Nashville Impressions

    I’ve already been in Nashville for just over three weeks, and this is the first post I’m making from here.  That’s not because nothing’s going on.  I think it’s more of an indicator that my time here has been very relaxing so far. The apartment that I’m staying at is right on the Cumberland River. …

  • New Orleans: Parting Thoughts

    As I sit in the Atlanta airport during my layover on the way from Nashville, it seems like a good time to reflect back on my time in New Orleans.  Being in a different city “every month” is conceptually simple, but the logistics of travel mean that what I usually mean by “month” is “four…

  • How To Enjoy a Jukebox Musical

    The place that I’ve been staying in New Orleans is quite close to the Saenger Theater.  Given how much I enjoyed my trip to the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta, it seemed appropriate to attend a show here, too.  They were doing a month of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”, so…

  • Money Shows: The Historic New Orleans Collection

    One of the weekends in New Orleans my mom, younger sister, and brother-in-law drove down from Alabama to hang out for a couple of days.  We didn’t have much time, but managed to eat some good food and check out one really interesting museum. The Historic New Orleans Collection wasn’t on my radar before this. …

  • Museums Are Complicated: The National WWII Museum

    Inspired by my friend Debi, I’ve been trying to go to more WWII museums when I’m in other countries.  It’s an event that was big enough that a huge number of places have them, and everyone has a unique perspective on the war and their nations’ context within it. So when I learned that the…