LEARNING THE ALPHABET 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR STYLE

Remember  when  you  were  in elementary  school  and learned  all  about  Reading ,  Writing ,  and Arithmetic ?

You also  learned  to  recite  those  ABC ‘ S ,  no matter  what country  you were in or what language  you spoke .

It was all about  the  alphabet .

If you  were in the  United  States ,  you probably  learned it like this, “A is for  Apple ,  B is for Boy, C is  for  Cat, you get  the  picture    .

 Just for fun we’re   going  to  recite  the  alphabet  in a different  way.

I  like  to  call  this learning  your alphabet  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  Style .

Are you  ready ?

A  is for:

Anaheim

Atlanta

Amtrak – this is  the  national train carrier  in the  United  States

Atlantic  City

Alamo

Arlington – It’s  a  city in  Texas and Virginia .  You might be  visiting  both of  them

“All  I Do  Is  Win  ”  –  Song by rapper  DJ Khaled .  You’ll  definitely  be hearing  this  song a lot if your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to  Boston  and you go to  a  New England  Patriots  football  game .

B  is for:

Baltimore

Brooklyn

Boston

Beverly  Hills

Blog

C  is for:

California

Canada

Calgary

Central  Park

Cape  Cod

Camden  Yards

Charlotte

Cleveland

Chicago

Columbus

Cambridge  –   Massachusetts ,  home of  Harvard  University

Chinatown  –    No  matter  what  city  your  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to ,  there’s  going to  be  a Chinatown  somewhere .

D is for  :

Dallas

Detroit

Denver

Disneyland  and Disney World

E is for  :

Edmonton

Ellis  Island

Eating  – Trust  me ,  you’re  going  to  be doing  LOTS  of  this .

F is for:

Facebook

Florida

Fenway   Park

Fort Worth

Fort  Lauderdale

Fort  McHenry

Fanueil  Hall  – While  you’re  visiting  this Boston  landmark ,  say hi to  that humongous   statue  of  Samuel  Adams  that’s  right  in front  of  the  building .

G is for:

Grand  Canyon

Graceland

Green  Bay

Greyhound

Golden  Gate  Bridge

God- The reason  that I’m  able  to  do  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  .

H is for  :

Houston

Harvard

Hollywood

Hopkinton  –   The  city  where  the  Boston  Marathon  begins .

I  is for  :

Ice Cream

Independence  Hall

Indianapolis

Instagram

J   is for  :

JFK  – The airport  and  the  late president

Jack  Daniels  – My adult  beverage  of  choice

K  is for  :

Key West

Kansas  City  –  Doesn’t  matter  if  it’s  Kansas  City ,  Kansas  or  Kansas  City ,  Missouri ,  visit  either  one  of  these  cities  and have  some  great  barbecue .

L  is  for  :

Little  Italy  –   Every  city  that  you  may  visit  has  a  Little  Italy .

Las  Vegas

Los  Angeles

Liberty  Bell

M   is  for  :

Montreal

Memphis

Milwaukee

Minneapolis

Miami

Martha’s  Vineyard

Madison  Square  Garden  –  While  you’re  in  New  York  City ,  you  have  to  take  in  a  game  or  a  concert  at  the  place  that  calls  itself ,  “The  World’s  Most  Famous  Arena  ” .

Manchester  –  New  Hampshire ,  not  England .  You can  do  a  day  trip  here  from  Boston .

Metro  –  It’s  the  subway  system  in Washington  DC .  Just  don’t  call  it  the subway  while  you’re  in  town .

Mexico  –  Don’t  laugh .  You can make  a  day  trip  here  if you  happen  to  be  in  San  Diego .  A trolley  will  get  you  there .  Just  remember  to  bring  that  passport .

N  is  for  :

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New  York  City

New  Orleans

Newark  Liberty  Airport

Niagara  Falls  –  It  doesn’t  matter  if  you’re  visiting  the  American  or  the  Canadian  side, you can do a day  trip  from  either  Buffalo  or Toronto .

O  is  for  :

Ottawa

Oklahoma  City

Oakland

O’Hare  Airport

P  is  for  :

Philadelphia

Pentagon

Phoenix

Pittsburgh

Providence

Pennsylvania  Station  –  The  train  station  in New  York  City ,  Baltimore  and  Pittsburgh

Primanti  Brothers  –  You  have  to  go to this  restaurant  while  you’re  in  Pittsburgh  and  have  one  of  these  sandwiches .  RIGHTEOUS !

Q is  for  :

Queens

Quebec  City

R is  for  :

Richmond  -Take  a day  trip  from  Washington  DC  to Virginia ‘ s capital .

Raleigh

Riverwalk   -Another  place  to  visit  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

Redskins  – You  might  have trouble  saying  the  name ,  but if you’re  going to Washington   DC ,  this is  the  name  of  the  football  team  that  you’re  going  to  see .

S is  for  :

Salt Lake  City

Staten  Island

St.Louis

Seattle

San Francisco

Sacramento

San Jose

South  Street  Seaport

Statue  of  Liberty

San Diego

San Antonio

Smithsonian  -So many  museums  in DC ,  so little  time  to  see  them  all.

Subway  -You really  haven’t  done  a real  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  if you  haven’t  rode  the   subway  at least  once .

Sports- The  real reason   why  you’re  doing  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  in the  first  place .

T is  for  :

Twitter

Toronto

Tex-Mex-Gotta have  some  of  this  food  while  you’re  in  San  Antonio .

“The T”-  The subway  system in   Boston  and  Pittsburgh .

U is for  :

United  States

V is for   :

Virginia

Vancouver

Victory- What you  hope  your team  has  on your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

W is  for  :

Wrigley  Field

White  House

Washington DC

Williamsburg  -It’s  the  neighborhood  in Brooklyn  or the city  in Virginia .  Be sure  to  visit  both  of  them .

X is for  :

Sorry ,  I  got nothing .  No, really   I   GOT NOTHING ! !

Y is for   :

Yankees

Z is for  :

Zoo- You have to  visit  at least  one of  these  even if  you’re  traveling  by yourself.

 

There you have  the  alphabet ,  30 Plus  Dreams  Tour  style.

Hope you  had  a  little  bit  of  fun  learning  your  alphabet  all over  again .

What about  your  own alphabet travel  style ?

Drop me   a  line in the  comments  section  and tell  me  all about   it.

I  might  use them in another  A-Z post .  Thanks  for  reading .

 

 

 

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF TOURISM WAS LIMITED IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA?

Recently ,  I read an article  in  one of  the  travel  magazines  that some  countries  were going  to  limit  the  number  of tourists  due to overcrowding . Some  cities  have  even  seen violence  against  tourists ,  telling  them  to  ”  Go  Home  ” ,  or even  being  physical  with  some of  the  tourists .

Rome has limited  the  number  of  visitors  to  some  sites  in  the  city ,  such as St. Mark’s  Square  and  Trevi  Fountain  because  some of  them  have  waded  into  the  water ,  rather  than  throwing  coins  in the fountain  like you’re  supposed  to  do .

There  have  been  street  protests  in cities  like  Venice ,  Florence ,  Rome ,  Dubrovnik ,  and Barcelona  most notably .

This  fact  not  only  saddens  me, but it also  has  me thinking .

Could  this  happen  here  or in Canada ?

What  would  it be  like  to not  be  able  to  do a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  due to  overcrowding ?

OK ,  I  get it.

New York  City  is a  bad example  because  if 8 million  plus  of us can live together  in five boroughs ,  what’s  a million  or so visitors  trying  to  pour into  Yankee  Stadium ,  the Empire  State  Building  or One World  Observatory ?

But  let’s  say that New  York  City  Mayor  DiBlasio  suddenly  said that Central  Park  would  be  closed  due to  overcrowding  by tourists ?

Or that only  a  certain  amount  of  people  would  be  allowed  in  Times  Square  on New Years  Eve ?

What about  two somewhat  “smaller  ”   cities  like Miami  and Las Vegas ?

Suppose  the mayor of  Miami  said that they were going  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  that go into  South  Beach ,  Little  Havana  or Petite  Haiti ?

Could  you  imagine  the  uproar  if the mayor  of  Las Vegas   were to limit  the  number  of  tourists  on the  Las  Vegas  Strip  due to  overcrowding ?

Could this even  be a possibility  here in this  country  or even  in Canada?

Too many tourists  in Montreal  or Toronto ?

Is there really  such  a  thing  as too much tourism  and  too many tourists ?

Could  it be  due to  some  other  reason  that  some these  countries  are taking  such  drastic  measures ?

Could  it  be  that  maybe  in spite  of  all  that  money  that’s  brought  into  certain  countries ,  the  local  people  aren’t  really  that  fond  of  foreign  tourists  taking  way  too  many  pictures  of  things  that they  shouldn’t  be  taking  pictures  of ?

The tourists  might  even be  taking  selfies  of places that  are  sacred   and therefore  basically  interrupting  the  day  to day  lives  of  the  locals .

Maybe these  tourists  aren’t  even  respecting  the customs  of the  locals .

(  See my two blog posts ,  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  / 2017/03/09 please-act-like-you’ve-been-there-before  and sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/  03/ 06 Capital  -Journey  -please  –  respect  -the –  monuments  –  and  –  memorials  -when – you  –  visit  -Washington  -DC)

What’s  really  fueling  this  suddenly  new phenomenon  of  “overcrowding  by tourism  “?

In defense  of the local  people ,  I can  understand  why  you  would  want  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  just a little  bit .

Some  people  just  don’t  know  how  to  conduct  themselves  when  they’re  out  of  their  own country  .

That’s  right ,  it’s  the  case  of  ”  not  acting  like  you’ve  been  there  before  “.

Why are  you  wading  through  Trevi  Fountain  like  you’ve  lost your fool  mind?

Are you  for  real ?

That’s  not  only  disrespectful ,  it’s  wicked  rude  and  it shows  a lack  of  training  on your  part .

Everyone  should  be  able  to  see the  sights  of a place whether  they’re  going to  London  to see Big  Ben ,  Buckingham  Palace ,  or the London  Eye .

This also applies  to  Spain if people  want to experience  Flamenco  dancing  where it originated .

This even  holds  true  if you’re  going  to  see all those  monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  on that  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC .

There should  be  some  kind  of  happy  medium  between  tourists ,  locals ,  and the city  you’re  going  to .

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How do you  feel  about  some  countries  limiting  the  number  of  tourists  visiting ?

 

Do you  think  this  could  happen  in your own country ?

 

Why?

Tell me  what you  think by dropping  me a line in the  comments  section  .

 

Thanks

IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT HOCKEY IN THE TRUE NORTH – TORONTO , CANADA – VISITING THE CN TOWER .

You  can’t  believe  that  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Toronto  is  almost  over .

It’s  been  more  fun  than  you  thought  it  would  be .

Your  grandparents  are  having  a  good  time  returning  to  the  city  where  they  once  lived  in  since  immigrating  from  Trinidad .

You and  your  brother ,  who  are  twins ,  are  enjoying  your  first  time  in  Canada .

In  about  a  month, the  two  of  you  will  be  separated  for  the  first  time  in  your  lives .

He’s  going  to  Dallas ,  Texas for  a  job  and  you’re  going  to  Chicago  for  a  job .

Either  way ,  there’s  going  to  be  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Dallas  and  Chicago  somewhere  down  the  line .

Right  now ,  though ,  the  two  of  you  aren’t  thinking  about  anything  except  that  the  two  of  you  are  going  to  visit  the  Canadian  National  Building ,  better  known  as  the  CN  Tower .

Since  you  all  have  been  in  town ,  you’ve  seen  the  CN  Tower  close  up ,  but  today ,  it’s  just  you  and  your  brother  and  the  CN  Tower  up  close  and  personal .

You  both  are  going  to  see  the  city  in  the  daytime  and  on  a  week day  when  there  aren’t  that  many  people .

One  thing  you  both  aren’t  going  to  do  is  the  Edgewalk ,  where  you  walk  high  above  the  roof  of  the  tower  with  nothing  to  hold  you  up  but  a  harness .

You  both  notice  a  few  brave  souls  on  top  of  the  tower ,  walking  around  the  roof .

The  two  of  you  make  your  way  through  security  just  like  at  the  airport  and  are  ready  to  ride  the  elevator  all  the  way  to  the  to  the  observation  deck .

Once  you  both  get  into  the  elevator ,  your  brother  notices  that  the  floor  of  the  elevator  is  made  of  glass .

You  look  down  at  your  feet  and  notice  that  you  can  see  that  everyone  and  everything  on  the  ground  gets  smaller  and  smaller  the  higher  the  elevator  goes  up .FB_IMG_1501941329123

When  the  elevator  reaches  the  top  you  get  off ,  along  with  some  other  people .

Your  view  of  the  city  isn’t  blocked  inspite  of  the  fact  that  there  are  a  lot  of  people  there  besides  the  two  of  you  .

You  have  to  take  a  selfie  and  send  them  to  your  grandparents ,  who  are  still  at  the  hotel .

The  two  of  you  can’t  believe  how  beautiful  the  view  of  Toronto  is  from  here .

Your  cousins  want  both  of  you  to  move  up  to  Toronto  for  good  and  you  both  would  take  them  up  on  that  offer  except  for  one  thing  –  those  jobs  in  Dallas  and  Chicago .

You  both  head  down  to  the  gift  shop  and  get  some  souvenirs .

After  that ,  it’s  on  to meet  up  with  your  grandparents  at  your  next  destination .

SHUFFLING OFF TO WHERE ? – BUFFALO , NEW YORK . GOING TO BUFFALO AT THE LAST MINUTE .

FB_IMG_1501932149964FB_IMG_1501932123603FB_IMG_1501932194760FB_IMG_1501932147398FB_IMG_1501932168995FB_IMG_1501932166429You  and  your  cousin  are  thinking  about  doing  a  quick  getaway  for  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

You  both  aren’t  sure  where  you  want  to  go .

Your  cousin  is  thinking  of  a quick  weekend  trip  to  somewhere  nearby  where  you  both  can  catch  a  basketball  or  hockey  game .

You  both  live  in  Western  Pennsylvania ,  not  far  from  the  New  York  and  Canadian  border .

Neither  of  you  have  a  passport  so Toronto  is out  of  the  question .

New  York  City  might  be  an  idea ,  but  you  cousin  doesn’t  want  to  go  there .

She  has  another  idea .

What about  Buffalo ?

You  think  your  cousin  has lost  her  mind .

It’s  early  December  and  your  cousin  must  think  you’re  doing  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Miami ,  Orlando ,  Jacksonville ,  or Fort  Lauderdale .

Buffalo  is the  LAST  place  to be in early  November  or December .

Your

 

cousin  isn’t  worried  about  the  weather  though .

She reminds  you  about the  last  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  that you  all  did.

You know  the one  in Chicago ?

The  weather  was horrible  but you went to  that  Chicago  Bulls basketball  game  anyway .

How bad  could  it  be  in Buffalo ?

Since  the  two  of  you  live  together ,  it’s  a quick  trip  to  your  apartment  to throw  some  clothes  into  a  weekend  bag .

You  two  are  going  to  share  the  driving .

You’re  on the  road  to  the  second  largest  city  in  New  York .

As your  cousin  is beginning  to  start  the  car ,  you both  realize  that  you  haven’t  a clue  of where  you’re  going  to  stay ,  and  if  the hockey  team  in Buffalo ,  the  Sabres ,  will  even  be  in  town .

This  is  something  that  no  one  should  ever  do on a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  let  alone  a trip  to  anywhere  else .

Never  go to  a  city  without  a  place  to  stay  and always  make  sure  that  the  team  that you  want  to  see  is going  to  be  playing  at  home  when you  get  to that  city .

Don’t  wait  until  the  very  last  second  to book  those  sports  tickets .

You  were  all  lucky  this  time  to get an inexpensive  hotel  and even  luckier  that  the  Sabres  have  two  games  while  you’re  in  town ,  and they’re  not  sold  out .

Remember  the  object  of  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  is to  see  the  sights  of  the  city  AND  most  of  all  to see  that hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  or  basketball  game .

You’re  almost  there  and your  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Buffalo  has started  off  shaky .

But not only  did  you get the  hotel ,  you all were able  to  get hockey  tickets  for Friday  night  and Saturday  night  as well .

You both are now thinking  of  Buffalo  Chicken  Wings  when  you  get  to your  hotel .