On The Road

Good Morning All,

This weekday feature is for Balloon Juicers who are on the road, travelling, etc. and wish to share notes, links, pictures, stories, etc. from their escapades. As the US mainland begins the end of the Earth day as we measure it, many of us rise to read about our friends and their transient locales.

So, please, speak up and share some of your adventures, observations, and sights as you explore, no matter where you are. By concentrating travel updates here, it’s easier for all to keep up-to-date on the adventures of our fellow Commentariat. And it makes finding some travel tips or ideas from 6 months ago so much easier to find…

Have at ’em, and have a safe day of travels!


Should you have any pictures (tasteful, relevant, etc….) you can email them to picstopost@balloon-juice.com or just use this nifty link to start an email: Start an Email to send a Picture to Post on Balloon Juice


Lots of great stuff, over the fold….


First up, from Rlchina   大芒果

Where it was taken: Fuzhou Cultural Museum Silk Road 400 to 750 CE exhibit Fuzhou Fujian China
When:  February 2017
Other notes or info about the picture:   taken by the lovely Mrs. Mango while I was at work…


Wow. Stay tuned folks, much more from them throughout the week!


Next up, just a silly picture I re-discovered this weekend, from a farmer’s market in Colorado.  Llamas. Or Alpacas. Not sure, totally cute either way!


And to wrap up the day’s post, some great shots from Laura Strand

Where it was taken: When: New York City, May 8th through 10th.

The spouse was talking about away game baseball over beers with the fellas. Somebody pulled out a schedule and found a Giants Mets series in early May, just weeks away. And there’s a San Francisco sports bar in Manhattan that had game buses, tickets, tee shirts for all three games.  I was expected to be the voice of reason and shut that whole thing down. Instead, I found an airfare deal and a hotel recommendation that appeared too good to be true.

The following pictures were taken with a Samsung Galaxy 5. They include the West Village, Chelsea, the Jane Hotel and the Highline Park. I skipped the day game on the 10th and spent it ambling about and went to the Whitney to see the Biennial. There were amazing artists offerings
across an array of media. Most affecting were a series of banners meticulously composed of luxe fabrics that had strong imagery and statements. Two gutted me. “I cannot be fixed” and “Rage blooms within me.” The artist is Cauleen Smith. The collection is strong and the focus is community -there isn’t a more apt theme for these times. We spent a lot of time returning to the Highline Park, an elevated rail line reclaimed and repurposed for the people. It is lush and verdant with spring unfolding ignoring the hurl burly below.

Prayers were offered to greennotGreen for Grace and peace as she eases on over to next.

The pair of golden shoes (Giantess) are for Rikyrah and were photographed the day she had to stand commuting into work.

The Jane Hotel, its staff and the surrounding streets stole my heart.



Thank you so much!


Well that’s a wrap for today – travel safe everyone, and don’t forget to share some pics, stories, etc. We love to see your world.

21 replies
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    rikyrah says:

    Thanks for the great pictures.😄😄

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    jacy says:

    Love the pictures — always a nice way to start the morning.

    Asking for travel advice — am considering taking the Amtrak City of New Orleans from NOLA to Chicago for a weekend to take my son to visit his girlfriend. Never ridden the train and never been to Chicago. Any words of wisdom concerning either of those things?

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Thanx to all.

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:


    When in Chicago, eat at Avec. You won’t be sorry.

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    Phylllis says:

    @jacy: I’ve taken the train a couple of times from Columbia SC to DC and back. It was pretty cool. If you can swing a roomette, it’s worth it to have the privacy.

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    raven says:

    @jacy: I did that run 35 years ago but from Champaign to the Easy. WE left in the early evening and students from all kinds of schools were returning from spring break so it was a wild party and they had added cars with real crummy seats. I assume the seating is better but it’s a long haul. How old is he? The best advice I have for Chicago is the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Aboard Chicago’s First Lady Cruises. It’s incredibly beautiful and a learning experience to boot.

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    jacy says:


    We’re looking at the roomette — especially since it’s 19 hours or something. We may fly, but I think a train might be cool.


    He’s 17. His girlfriend lives in Villa Park. He’s going to be staying with her and her mom and seeing the sights, but I’ll be staying for just a couple of days. The mom has a full slate of things for them to do — museums, Wrigley Field, the works. Trying to swing it so my significant other can go up with me and we’ll have at least one night on the town.

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    raven says:

    @jacy: That’s my home town, there is a Men’s Garden Club there.


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    Phylllis says:

    @jacy: Those coach seats get mighty uncomfortable after awhile.

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    Phylllis says:

    Great NYC photos. I’ve been one time for a long weekend close to fifteen years ago & really want to go back.

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    Quinerly says:


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    jacy says:


    Cool! I’ve always wanted to visit the area. My parents went when my brother graduated from Navy training, but I was away at college and didn’t get to go. This was kind of an impromptu idea, but I’m really starting to look forward to it.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


    I think a train might be cool.

    When I was a kid, we used to take the train from STL to Joliet regularly, including a few occasions when it was just my older brother and I. I’m 58 now mut my childhood memories still say “Way cool way to go.” That was pre-Amtrak but I would bet the experience is still “way cool”**.

    **”way cool”, does anybody say that anymore? Or am I really dating myself?

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    Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes says:


    Count me as a second on the architectural cruise.

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    jacy says:


    I still say “way cool,” but I’m of your age cohort (53). My kids regularly laugh at my slang. I get them back by singing enthusiastically at stop lights when they’re in the car.

    @Le Comte de Monte Cristo, fka Edmund Dantes: Taking notes….

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    satby says:

    @jacy: Love the train, be sure to sit in the car with an observation deck if it has one for at least part of the trip.

    The architecture cruise is lovely and a nice ride down the river. The Art Institute is world class, any of the museums are wonderful, and depending on the weekend you choose, there may very well be a downtown festival (like Jazzfest or Bluesfest) which are usually great fun but be prepared for crowds. Look on Hotwire for great deals on downtown hotel rooms.

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    laura says:

    @rikyrah: Doh! The shoes I referred to didn’t transmit, so I just sent a follow up email and they may “shoe up” some other day.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    I’m a train fan, so obviously I think you should do it. If you get a sleeper, you won’t have to worry about the food issue since it’s included with the price of a sleeper (it was the coach passengers who got screwed in the review Raven linked to).

    Chicago is a great city and I would still totally live there if I didn’t hate winter so much. The Art Institute is one of the top art museums in the world, but there’s also the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum (natural history), the Shedd Aquarium, the planetarium, the Chicago Historical Society, even the John Lennon Peace Museum. Chicago has a ton of tiny historical society museums for every ethnicity that’s ever lived in the city. Last I heard, I think Chicago still had the most museums per capita in the US.

    Even better, it’s a very walkable city with good public transportation. If you get to the Art Institute/Millennium Park area, you can walk one direction to Navy Pier and the other to the Field Museum all along the lakefront.

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    J R in WV says:

    We’re back from Italy, after a week of good times. No bad wine found in Italy, we know, we looked. Probably some not so god food, but when we looked, all we found was pretty good. Even in the BARs, which so far is a universal word in Europe for an establishment that sells food and drink.

    Will post photos when I have had a chance to download them fro the camera/tablet and edit a little bit. Left nice hotel in Firenze/Florence at 7 am Monday Italian time or about midnight Monday AM here, landed in CRW last night at 11:15 or so.

    Border control at arrival home was crowded and slow, but uneventful and professional for the most part. Border control at France and Italy both directions was less of a pain, somehow.

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    Origuy says:

    @Mnemosyne: You left out the Oriental Museum on the Univ. of Chicago campus. In this context, “oriental” means Iraq, Iran, and that area, an old meaning of the term. Lots of stuff from ancient Mesopotamia and Persia.

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