We’re at the halfway point of 2022.

In a couple of days, we’ll be at the sixth month of the year, July

It seemed like just yesterday that the Sports Diva was on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas for all the shenanigans of my friend’s 60th birthday.

July means summer is in full swing, (or it’s supposed to be.) and a couple of countries are celebrating their birthdays, Canada on July 1st and on July 4th, Happy 246th birthday, United States of America.

Have any of you gone anywhere, even if it’s just to see the things your neighborhood or city has to offer?

What are you waiting for?

I know gas prices are high and in some parts of the world, sadly, wars are going on.

But if you can, explore that city or neighborhood of yours.

You might find some hidden gems that you didn’t know about even if you’ve lived there most of your life.

As usual, let these quotes inspire you.


I finally solved my “packing problem” before I went to bed, and right before watching the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hey the Sports Diva has her priorities, packing or no packing, take a back seat, travel problems.

I took a suitcase that I should have packed in the first place .

I wouldn’t have been so “stressed out” like I’m watching the Seventh game of the World Series or the Stanley Cup Finals.

It was my old reliable suitcase that my sister in law gave me and one that I’ve taken on trips before.

My sister in law knows that the Sports Diva can never have enough luggage, so rather than her giving them away or throwing away, she calls me up and says, “I’ve got a suitcase you might like.”

Plus this suitcase is perfect for a “fashionista” like me.

It fit everything.

No worries.

Now I can sit back with my Starbucks Vanilla Latte, cold cuts and pretzels and relax before I get to Washington DC.


It’s that time again .

The Sportsdiva is going somewhere.

I’m going to be away from, God willing November 23-29, six days of all sorts of shenanigans.

Thanksgiving is coming up on the 25th, a time where you get together with friends and family , watch lots of football and eat a lot of food from morning until night, or at least that’s what we’ve ALWAYS done in my family.

Eat like crazy but leave enough room for dessert.

Where am I going on this 30 Plus Teams Tour?

As usual, you have to wait, but feel free to guess where the Sports Diva is going this time.

Let’s just say it’s gonna be really cold and I might not do any walking at all.

Don’t judge me, yeah I’m taking 3 bags. I’m going shopping and might buy another one or two.
It’s gonna to get cold so I’ll need some gloves
There’s gonna be lots of football watching so gotta wear my New England Patriots jersey
My carry on bag and my suitcase
My jacket/coat.
My second coat. Told you it was going to be cold where I’m going.
My red dress and a belt to go with it
3 pairs of leggings, black, red and blue
Can’t do without my packing cubes
Gotta bring the kids. Aaron J and Gleyber
2 Sweaters, and a vest. Coldness but I’m here for it
A shirt and a white vest underneath
Sneakers, booties and my warm comfy boots

That’s what going in my suitcase and as usual, all of this either won’t be taken or worn, but as cold as it’s going to be where I’m going, I might need ALL of these.


Here we go again.

The Sports Diva is going on another 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere .

Y’all know what that means, right ?

It’s another addition of what’s in my suitcase .

Going away for about 4 or maybe 5 days not sure yet.

Not taking a lot of shoes this time.

Just my sneakers for all the walking that I’m going to do.

As this is a 30 Plus Teams Tour , yes there will be a sporting event or two going on so you’re going to see the Sports Diva at her Team Sports Apparel Fashionista best.

It’s starting to get a little cool so a sweater or hoodie or two is going in my bag.

Can you guess where I’m going this time ?

I might not be wearing all of these but over packing is better than under packing .

My bag from the M snd M Store in Las Vegas . My blue Sketchers drawstring bag , my packing cubes, which has made packing oh so much easier , and my black handbag from Payless Stores, which unfortunately , are out of business now.

My outfit for going away . Shirt ftom Atlantic City , pants from the Loft Store in Boston .

Outfit for returning . Pants from my cousin. New England Patriots jersey from Modells Sporting Goods Store in New York City .

Pajamas from a relative , and making the trip my stuffed animals , Gleyber and Aaron

Sorry for the mess, but it’s my blue suitcase , which I never have used believe it or not and my Yankees cap.

Shirts , shirts and more shirts.

More shirts and pants. I’m going to be very casual going to this place.

Have you guessed where I’m going yet ?

You’ll just have to wait for my next post to see if your guess was right.


You’ve  saved  more than  enough  money for your trip.

You’ve  even  decided  what dates you  want to  go.

You aren’t  sure if your friends  are going with you ,  the family  is  going  with you  or you’re  going by yourself . 

There’s  one very important  question  to ask yourself  though.

Just where are you going to  go?

Are you going to  stay in your own country  or are you  going to  another  country?

Are you going to  visit  a city that you’ve  never heard of  or your own  city for a staycation?

Where are you  going  to  go?

Have you ever been in this dilemma ? 

You’re  all dressed  up  with no place to  go.

That’s  not true, though . 

You do have  some  place to  go, but you just don’t  know  where.

If you have children  or grandchildren ,  you just know that you have to go to some place with a theme park , no matter where it is or some family friendly  location .

You’re  traveling  with the girls ,  but you don’t  want some place like Miami ,  Los Angeles ,  Las Vegas  or somewhere out of the  country like Cabo, Punta Cana or Ibiza.

You and the guys are doing your own  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  but you’re  tired of going to  the same cities to see your team play.

Or are you?

You get the idea.

How do you decide where you want to  go?

Do you  plan months in advance  so you can make sure that your passport  and  visa papers are in order?

Do you wait until the last  minute and just go?

Do you look at your bucket list  and choose the  country or city that has the most places  that you  want to  see?

Is it a place that you saw on one of  those travel  shows and you  know  that  you have to  go there because  “it sure looks nice in pictures, and everybody seems to want to  visit . “?

Do you ask friends or family  for recommendations ? 

Of course, you look at all those travel brochures that you ordered to get some idea.

What do I do?

Since most of my travel is because I’m  going  to  some baseball ,  basketball  or hockey  game ,  my decision  on where to  go is fairly  easy . 

Sort of.

I look at schedules and decide  where I might want to go.

This usually  works  for  me ,  but I’m  not going to  lie and tell you that this ALWAYS  helps me to  decide  where my next trip is going to  be . 

It doesn’t  more times than  I  care to remember . 

What about you?

How do YOU decide where your next trip is going to  be ? 

Do you  plan in advance or just wing it?

Let me know  in the comments  section  and as usual ,  thanks  for  following  my blog . 


In the first part of this blog, I mentioned some cities that you should visit  if  you  come to the United States  or Canada. 

Some of the cities 1-20 you can do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  many of them no.

Here are the rest of  the  cities that you should  visit  starting  with  number  21.


This city isn’t  pronounced   QUIN-CEE, but QUIN-ZEY. It’s  a  subway ride away from Boston ,  so you can definitely  do a day trip from the city. It’s  the city that gave the country two presidents ,  John Adams  and  his son, John Quincy  Adams.


This city is a train or a bus ride from New York  City .  It has  many museums  and art galleries  that are either free or very inexpensive .  What’s  the  main reason  to visit  the  city? It’s  the home of the  third oldest  college in the country ,  Yale University .  Many of  the  art galleries and  museums in the city are located  right on the Yale campus . 


When most tourists  come to  the  United  States ,  the state of  Idaho  isn’t  one of  the  states they’re  thinking  of visiting .  Same thing with most Americans .  Idaho isn’t  on the radar. The closest most Americans  get to Idaho are the  Idaho potatoes  that we buy in the supermarket . Boise has the largest Basque  population  in the world next to Spain  and  France .  There’s  even a Basque  Museum  and Cultural  Center in town.


Like  Quebec  City ,  this is another  place to  practice  your French ,  but you can get by with English .  Visit another one of  the  most  beautiful  cities  in  North  America .  Have that comfort  food ,  Poutine, which is French Fries with Gravy and Cheese Curds. You can even find it at McDonald’s  in town. For another  taste of the city, have a smoked meat sandwich  at one of  the  many delicatessens .  If you happen  to  go to Montreal  in the colder months, do what a lot of Montrealers do- go to and fro via Montreal’s  Underground  City.


This underrated  city on the Three Rivers (the Ohio, Allegheny ,  and Monongahela  )might not  be  a choice for a visit, but surprised  yourself  by taking a bus, train, or plane ride there. Not only are there  museums ,  and “The Nationality Rooms”, at the University  of  Pittsburgh ,  I would  advise  you to  take a ride on one or both of the two working inclines  in town, the Duquesne  and the  Monongahela. They start running  at 5:30am and a lot of locals ride them to work, so get to know the city and it’s  people  by riding either one of  them. Pittsburgh  is all about their three sports teams, so be sure to pack something  black and yellow with you . 


It’s  the  capital  of  the  state  of  Maryland ,  the home of the  United States  Naval Academy, which you can visit ,  just bring some identification  with you. It’s  also the sailing  capital  of  the  country as it sits right on the Chesapeake.


It’s  old world  charm in the country with all the horse  drawn carriages, and their style of food called “Low Country”, which is a lot of good quality  seafood and of course lots of barbecue  since this is the South. Shrimp and Grits, Pulled Pork sandwhiches, anybody ?  This is also the place where the first shots of the Civil War  were fired ,  so make sure to visit Fort Sumpter as well.


It’s  down the road from Washington  DC  and Annapolis ,  Maryland .  You could do a day trip by public transportation  from DC if you wanted to ,  but visit “Charm City” for a few days without going to DC. Visit  the Inner  Harbor , Little  Italy ,  Fells Point, and just do some shopping  at  Lexington  Market, one of the oldest markets in the country .  Learn about  the story of the  American  National  Anthem  at Fort McHenry .  The city is famous  for  its  crab cakes ,  so be sure to have some no matter where you go in B’more.


This is definitely   “Big Sky Country ” . You’ll  see a skyscraper  or two, but you’ll  mostly  see people  driving  way above the 55 MPH speed limit. (Most people  do 75 here.) Since it’s  so close to  the Canadian  border ,  don’t  be surprised  if  you see just as many Canadian  license  plates as you do American  license  plates. If you travel a little  bit  out of town, you’ll  come to another  part of U.S. history .  It’s  the location  of  the  Battle  of  the  Little  Bighorn ,  which many an American  knows as , “Custer’s Last Stand.”, in which  268 U.S. Calvary soldiers  led by General  George  Custer were killed by an army of no less than 2,000 Lakota and Cheyenne  Indians.


It’s  one of the smallest  states in the country. Boston and New York  City  are about less than two hours away. You can do a day trip here and be sure to visit  Federal  Hill, which  is the city’s ,  Little  Italy. Take a stroll not only around the waterfront, but also around the transportation  hub, Kennedy Plaza. Providence  is also the home of another Ivy League  school ,  Brown  University . 


Cowboys ,  Cowboys, and more Cowboys, that’s  the state of Wyoming .  It was, however ,  the first state to give women the right to vote in 1869, long before the rest of the country did in the 1920’s. They elected their first female governor  in 1924. If you’re  thinking  about  visiting  in July, you’re  just I  time for a part of Wyoming’s history ,  the Cheyenne  Frontier  Days. It’s  not just about cowboys,chuck wagon  races , and rodeos .  Oh no .How about going to Cheyenne  Frontier  Days and a Keith Urban ,  Jason Aldean or a Carrie Underwood  concert breaks out? One or all of these Country and Western  music superstars  just might be there . 


It’s  the  home of the Girl Scouts of America  and during the Civil War ,this is the city that the Union Army DIDN’T  burn down because it was too beautiful  a city . It still is. Take a trip for yourself and find out.


Do you want to get an idea of  how Americans lived before the Revolutionary  War?  Take a trip to Colonial  Williamsburg .  Basically  most of the town is a step back  in town with the majority  of the people wearing period  clothes  from the 19th Century .  If you take a guided tour  or self guided tour of the town, you’ll  see the blacksmith  shop, the governor’s  palace, and even slave quarters. Do you think that you or especially  the little  ones might get bored ?  Busch Gardens  amusement  park  is also located here.


It’s  the  largest city in the Green  Mountain  state of Vermont .  The city’s  waterfront  is right near Lake Champlain ,   which is on the border of  New York  state and Vermont .  You’ll  also see where Ben and Jerry’s  ice cream comes from. If you want to get really adventurous ,  grab your passport  and  head up to Montreal .  It’s  not that far either.


The city isn’t  far from New York  City  and Boston .  However , it’s  even  closer to Providence .  You can  take public  transportation  at Kennedy  Plaza and within no time you’ll  be at the summer homes of the  Vanderbilts  and Astors, as well as the fictional  home of Jay Gatsby , as F. Scott Fitzgerald  set one of most famous  novels here .  You are allowed to visit  the summer  mansions  of New York  City’s  rich and infamous  for that ,  “oh my God, did they really live here!?”moment as you walk along the area known  as   Cliff’s  Walk.


This town may sound  very familiar  to  many of  you ,  even if you don’t  know that much about  the  country .  It’s  the home  of  the  fourth  largest  college  in the country ,  Princeton  University .  For four months ,  it was the capital  of  the  United  States .  It was also the  scene of  one of the battles of the Revolutionary  War, the Battle  of  Princeton. You can get there by a New Jersey  transit bus from Port Authority  bus terminal  in New York  City . 


It’s  the  second  largest  city  in New York  state, and it’s  the  city that gave the worod, “Buffalo  Chicken  Wings”. You can visit Anchor  Bar, the place where they were supposedly served first .  If you want to visit the American  side of Niagara Falls ,  it’s  not that far. Neither is the Peace Bridge, which separates Buffalo from Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. Toronto  isn’t  that far from Buffalo  either.


This town isn’t  that far from Baltimore ,  and I would advise  you  to  visit when you come to the United  States .  During the  Civil War ,  the whole  town was a battlefield . For three days it wasn’t  only the troops from the North and the South who were fighting  each other, it was neighbor versus  neighbor .  Take a tour of the city and be sure to visit the battlefields  with tour guides  who will give you a better understanding  of  what  life was like during this time . 


This is the capital  of  the  Commonwealth  of  Pennsylvania .  While in town, be sure to visit  the  state capital  building  as well as the Civil  War  Museum  if you can’t  get to Gettysburg .  While a visit to Gettysburg  will only tell you about the Battle  of  Gettysburg, this museum tells  you  the entire history  of this dark  time in American  history .  If this is a  little  too much for you and the family ,  go an hour or so from town to the place known as “Chocolate  City  “. You got it, Hershey, Pennsylvania . 


No visit to  the   United States  would be complete without  a visit to Sin City .  Everyone  who visits here should  have this city on their bucket lust, just to see the neon lights at night, eat like crazy at one of the many buffets in town that seem to try to outdo  each other with the amounts of food they serve ,  see the shows , or just  dance the night away. You can even gamble, but guess what, you don’t  have  to .  There’s  so much else to do here. Where do you start ?  Like everyone  else, you start on the Las Vegas Strip just to gawk at all those hotels that look larger than life .  Don’t  neglect the Fremont  Street  Experience  in Downtown  Las Vegas. You can even get out of town to Hoover Dam or even the Grand Canyon .  There’s  something  for everyone ,  but please try to leave the  little  ones at home.
These are some ideas of what cities to visit if you come to  the  United  States  or  Canada . 

If you’ve  been  to either country before ,  what cities would you suggest that might or might not be on this list ? 

Drop me a line in the comments  section  and as always , thank you for your  support  of my little  blog.


The United States  and Canada  are two countries  with lots of big ,  small ,  and medium cities that you  should  visit  if you get the chance . 

You might think I’m talking about  Boston ,  New York ,  Los Angeles ,  San  Francisco ,  Chicago  or Miami ,  cities  that lots  of  tourists  want to  see when they come to the United States . 

I’m  not  talking  about  these cities though.

Nor am I talking  about  Nashville  or Memphis  either.

The cities  that I’m  referring  to  aren’t  the  ones that many of  you think about when you come to the United States  or Canada.

Some of  you might not have even heard of the states  or provinces that they’re  located  in . 

Some of  these cities you could definitely  do  a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour in if you wanted to.

Other cities that are listed, no way, and they aren’t  even close to places where you can do a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour . 

Since they’re  40 cities on this list, this post is going to be in two parts.

Here’s  numbers   1-20.


It’s  the  capital  of  the  state of  Texas, and outside of some good Texas barbecue ,  it’s  known  for  the big music  and arts festival  known  as  South by Southwest .  While  you’re  in town, visit one of the largest colleges in the United  States ,  the University  of  Texas.


While you’re  on the west coast  of  the  United States ,  head  up to one of  the  most  beautiful  cities in the world .  Take a walk through the neighborhoods  of Chinatown ,  Gastown, the Waterfront ,  and of course take a walk through Stanley  Park and admire the totem poles. Take a ride on Vancouver’s public transportation ,  the Sky Train .  If you’re  really brave, walk on the Capilano  Suspension  Bridge.


Be really adventurous and say hello to  the  49th state, Alaska .  Anchorage  is a very cosmopolitan  city and by all means to fully appreciate  the state, visit in the summer months .  Take a cruise  or fly. Alaska will definitely  surprise  you.


Cheesesteaks, Revolutionary  War relics ,  Independence  Hall, Reading Market, and of course, the Liberty Bell. What else can  you  say about The City of  Brotherly  Love? Try walking on those cobblestone  streets  that you’ve  only seen in pictures .  Take a walk down to Penn’s Landing, even on a cool  fall say.


It’s  “The Biggest Little  City in The World”, or at least  that’s  what  it calls itself .  Unfortunately ,  it sits in the shadow of  that  big glitzy city across the state .  Reno has more of   a western  feel to it than Las Vegas does .  Visit and see for yourself . 


It’s  the other Portland  in the country. This Portland  is all about the seafood. You know you want one of those mouth watering  Maine  Lobsters  so that you can brag to the folks back home that you actually  had one. How about some scallops ,  shrimp, or other fruits of the sea while you’re  admiring  the  view of  the  Portland  harbor ? 


Take a walk around  Parliament  Hill, see the buildings  that make up the capital  of  Canada .  If it’s  warm by all means  take a  picture  of  the  tulips in front, which were a gift from the Dutch Royal Family to Canada. Do some shopping at Byward Market or if you want to show off your skating  skills ,  join the other good citizens  of  Ottawa and go ice skating on the frozen Rideau  Canal.


Before  there was Las Vegas,”AC” was the place where people  went to gamble  and see all the big name entertainers .  It still is, but there’s  more to  the  city than that. If you’re in either in New York  City  or Philadelphia ,  you can do  a  day trip from either city. Take a walk along the  famous  Atlantic  City  Boardwalk  and see the Atlantic  Ocean ,  no matter what  time of  the  year it is. Make sure  to  get some salt water taffy as well . 


These two cities are so linked together ,  that they’re  known  as  “The  Twin  Cities  “. St. Paul  is actually  the  capital  of  Minnesota ,  but most people  go into Minneapolis  more iften. It’s  the home of Prince, and many people  want to visit the studio where he made music. Do you want to visit one or both cities but don’t have a car ?  There’s  a rapid transit  train that not only  takes you to both cities, but the airport  and to one of  the  largest shopping  malls  in the country, The Mall of America . 


Please forget about what you  heard or read about this city in the news. Visit Thomas Jefferson’s  home, Monticello ,  as well as visit the school with most of the buildings  that he designed ,  the University  of  Virginia .  Get to know the good and decent people  of Charlottesville ,  who are doing many positive  things.


It doesn’t  matter  if  you  refer to  it as “T.O.”, “The 416” or just “The Six”, this city has the second  largest film festival  in the world  next to Cannes, France .  You can’t  go anywhere  in town without  seeing one of the tallest free standing  structures in the world ,  the CN Tower .  Take a ride on the subway system  that has the third largest ridership in the world next to Mexico  City  and New York  City .


It’s  known  as  “The Gateway City”, so make sure  to  visit the Gateway Arch which seems  to  dominate  the skyline  of the city. You can even go inside of the arch and take a ride. If you’re  claustrophobic ,  don’t  even think about  going on it. For a real St. Louis  experience, have some Toasted Ravioli  in Little  Italy.


By all means visit the capital  of  the  United States .  Many tourists for some reason avoid this city like the plague ,  and they’re  missing  out on all those monuments ,  museums ,  and memorials ,  so many of them are free. See the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring and visit areas of the city that you didn’t  even know existed and that the travel guides  hardly  ever  mention .  Take a walk along Dupont Circle where all the different  foreign  embassies  are. Some of them have open houses.


Forget all those doom and gloom  stories you heard  about this city. “The D” is back. You know it’s  famous for the Motown  Music sound, but it’s  also the home of Techno Music .  Take a walk around the International  Riverwalk ,  Greektown, Corktown, and a very vibrant theater district  as well as downtown .  Have a Detroit favorite, the Coney Dog while you’re  in town . 


Most people  know  that other city in the state, Seattle .  Spokane  doesn’t  have a Space Needle ,  nor is it the home of Grunge Music. What it does have is one of  the  largest  man made marvels ,  the Grand Coulee Dam, which visitors can take a tour of ,  if they wish . 


It’s  a bit of France  in North America .  It may be the provincial  capital  of  the  province  of  Quebec ,  but many people  pass it by going to Montreal  instead .  Visit the Upper and Lower Towns of the city, get a little  history  at The Plains of  Abraham ,  and above all, practice  that French . 


The food, the Creole  and Cajun culture ,  and Mardi  Gras .  There’s  more to “NOLA” than just these things. Take a street  car ride through the different  neighborhoods ,  or take a Hurricane  Katrina  Tour. Visit the National  World War I  I Museum .  Don’t  forget to buy some Pralines  and Beignets to bring home with you.


Visit the capital  of  what’s  called ,  “The New South”. Take a ride on the big ferris wheel  that sits in the middle  of  town. See Coca-Cola  World as well as Doctor  Martin  Luther  King’s graveside  on the “Sweet  Auburn  ” section  of  the  city.


It happens to  be  one of  the  oldest  cities in the country ,  but more people  know Albuquerque  when someone  mentions  New Mexico .  Don’t  neglect  this city if you happen to go to New Mexico .  While you’re  in Santa  Fe, take in the history, the Spanish  and  Native American . 


To see and visit this city now, one would  never believe that its nickname  was “The Mistake  on The  Lake.”Not anymore . It’s  not just two of their sports teams that’s  making the city rock  , but a few of their neighborhoods   , Ohio City , University  City, and of course the Downtown  Area that are rocking also .  Let’s  not forget  that big building  that sits right near Lake Erie  in the Downtown  area ,  the Rock and Roll Hall  of  Fame .