• The Global Gumshoe Investigates South Padre Island, Texas

    South Padre Island, Texas is probably best known as being an idyllic spring breakers’ paradise. While it is true that there are more people in town, there is still plenty of space and there are still many things to do, making this small island the perfect destination for laid-back island living.

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates McAllen, Texas

    What makes this area so special for bird lovers is that it is on one of the primary migratory flyways in the Western Hemisphere. There are 7 nature-related festivals held each year and 9 world birding centers, making McAllen and the surrounding areas popular destinations for tourists and snowbirds (known as Winter Texans in these parts). More than 2.4 million visitors visit each year, most of whom are devoted to birding and wildlife watching. The Rio Grande Valley is the […]

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

    Based in Chama, New Mexico, this railroad was originally constructed in 1880 and part of what was then the Rio Grande’s San Juan Extension. The main purpose was to transport miners, equipment and ore for the silver industry that was flourishing at the time. A World War and industry regulations eventually brought the line into disrepair. But, thanks to volunteers and railroad preservationists, the most beautiful parts of the route were saved and in 1970 the states of Colorado and […]

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Durango & Silverton, Colorado

    Originally, Durango was founded as a railroad town by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as they were expanding their mining operations to Silverton. Today, with its cowboy roots still intact, this city is more popular than ever, attracting tourist from as far away as Germany to explore its western past and present.

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Vitznau and Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

    This is another one to two-day sightseeing trip from Lucerne to the lakeside village of Vitznau. Actually, Lake Lucerne is dotted with many small towns, some of which you will see along the way as pick up and drop off points for travelers on the boat. As you are approaching Vitznau, you will see the imposing white façade of the Park Hotel Vitznau, which was originally opened in 1903. It has most recently undergone a 3-year renovation that included the […]

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  • Mt. Pilatus and the Golden Round Trip

    This is one unforgettable side trip you must take. Known as the Golden Round Trip, this includes the boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad and a ride up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the Pilatus Kulm peak. The ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus is one of the most spectacular you will ever experience. It is hard to imagine that the engineers and workers who built the track were able to construct such a massive feat while overcoming […]

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Lucerne, Switzerland

    Andre Dumas called Lucerne, located in the geographical center of Switzerland, a pearl in the middle of the world’s most beautiful oyster. The town is nestled between the Alps and the Swiss Plateau right alongside the dark blue waters of Lake Lucerne. Local residents are quite proud of their lake that is enjoyed all year long and shared by paddle steamers, sailboats and water enthusiasts. Swiss Transport Museum Lucerne is also the home of the #1 attraction in the country, […]

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  • Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine on European Waterways Part 2

    Here is more of the trip I took on some lovely canals in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France aboard the Panache, one of the boats in the European Waterways fleet. This video features some of the areas we visiting including Saverne, Lupstein, Detwiller and Strasbourg.

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  • Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine With European Waterways

    There’s a reason why people who have taken canal cruises are often repeat customers. Pastoral landscapes serenely pass by at 4 mph, allowing you to take in all that your senses intended. Add to this gourmet food, personalized service and daily excursions and you have the perfect relaxing vacation. My wife and I booked a trip with European Waterways through Alsace-Lorraine, a region of France created by the German Empire in 1871 and encompassing parts of the Rhine, Moselle Valley […]

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  • The Global Gumshoe investigates Paris, France

    Who doesn’t love Paris? Lovely sidewalk cafes and bistros, all manner of museums, world-class art, and boat rides on the Seine. Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe provides a video montage of some of the best and most scenic aspects of Paris including music, still photography and video clips. Come along and enjoy!

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Steamboat Springs

    This charming resort town, also known as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, was originally just a summer destination, owing much of its allure to the 150 natural hot springs that dot the landscape. Travelers as far back as 1880 came here to partake of the waters as well as the abundance of outdoor activities. The name of the town, in fact, was given by French fur trappers who thought that one of the springs sounded like a steamboat engine. Summertime is still […]

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  • Berlin, Germany

    Berlin is a phoenix rising from the ashes and reinventing itself. Decades of war and oppression are being replaced by trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes, retail shopping areas, and renovated historical monuments and museums. Since World War II much of this Germany capital was in ruins following intensive bombing. Then, for more than 28 years, it was a divided city with a barbed wire fence being erected under cover of night and eventually turning into a permanent concrete barrier and an […]

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  • Beyond Spring Break: Five Reasons to Love South Padre Island, Texas

    Beyond Spring Break: Five Reasons to Love South Padre Island, Texas

    South Padre Island, Texas is probably best known as being an idyllic spring breakers’ paradise. While it is true that there are more people in town, there is still plenty of space and attractions, making this small island the perfect destination for laid-back island living. If I had to limit my choices, here are five of my top reasons why you will love South Padre Island. #1- Weather Come November, those of us who live in colder climes start turning […]

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  • Corpus Christi: City of Delicious Secrets

    Corpus Christi: City of Delicious Secrets

    Corpus Christi, the Sparkling City by the Sea, is known for many things: beautiful stretches of white sand beaches, world class fishing and outdoor activities and mega attractions such as the Texas State Aquarium and USS Lexington. Lesser known, however, is its sweet and savory side, influenced by a melting pot of cultures. If you know where to go, Corpus Christi has enough palate tempting creations to keep a serious foodie busy for weeks. So a secret no more, as […]

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  • A Little Bird Told Me…South Texas is Fun!

    A Little Bird Told Me…South Texas is Fun!

    The glowing orange sun slowly rises over the Lower Rio Grande Valley as the music of songbirds greets me with the morning dew. I steady my camera and telephoto lens as a Green Jay, one of the specialty birds of the area, lands on a nearby branch. As I focus, his brilliant blue and black crown and yellow throat appears illuminated by the warm morning light. After a few great shots, I wait for the next example of nature’s splendor […]

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  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

    The Global Gumshoe Investigates the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad

    Based in Chama, New Mexico, this railroad was originally constructed in 1880 and part of what was then the Rio Grande’s San Juan Extension. The main purpose was to transport miners, equipment and ore for the silver industry that was flourishing at the time. A World War and industry regulations eventually brought the line into disrepair. But, thanks to volunteers and railroad preservationists, the most beautiful parts of the route were saved and in 1970 the states of Colorado and […]

    Continue reading »

  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Durango & Silverton, Colorado

    The Global Gumshoe Investigates Durango & Silverton, Colorado

    Originally, Durango was founded as a railroad town by the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad as they were expanding their mining operations to Silverton. Today, with its cowboy roots still intact, this city is more popular than ever, attracting tourist from as far away as Germany to explore its western past and present.

    Continue reading »

  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Vitznau and Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

    The Global Gumshoe Investigates Vitznau and Mt. Rigi, Switzerland

    This is another one to two-day sightseeing trip from Lucerne to the lakeside village of Vitznau. Actually, Lake Lucerne is dotted with many small towns, some of which you will see along the way as pick up and drop off points for travelers on the boat. As you are approaching Vitznau, you will see the imposing white façade of the Park Hotel Vitznau, which was originally opened in 1903. It has most recently undergone a 3-year renovation that included the […]

    Continue reading »

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  • Mt. Pilatus and the Golden Round Trip

    Mt. Pilatus and the Golden Round Trip

    This is one unforgettable side trip you must take. Known as the Golden Round Trip, this includes the boat trip from Lucerne to Alpnachstad and a ride up the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the Pilatus Kulm peak. The ride to the top of Mt. Pilatus is one of the most spectacular you will ever experience. It is hard to imagine that the engineers and workers who built the track were able to construct such a massive feat while overcoming […]

    Continue reading »

  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Lucerne, Switzerland

    The Global Gumshoe Investigates Lucerne, Switzerland

    Andre Dumas called Lucerne, located in the geographical center of Switzerland, a pearl in the middle of the world’s most beautiful oyster. The town is nestled between the Alps and the Swiss Plateau right alongside the dark blue waters of Lake Lucerne. Local residents are quite proud of their lake that is enjoyed all year long and shared by paddle steamers, sailboats and water enthusiasts. Swiss Transport Museum Lucerne is also the home of the #1 attraction in the country, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine on European Waterways Part 2

    Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine on European Waterways Part 2

    Here is more of the trip I took on some lovely canals in the Alsace-Lorraine region of France aboard the Panache, one of the boats in the European Waterways fleet. This video features some of the areas we visiting including Saverne, Lupstein, Detwiller and Strasbourg.

    Continue reading »

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  • Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine With European Waterways

    Canal Barging in Alsace-Lorraine With European Waterways

    There’s a reason why people who have taken canal cruises are often repeat customers. Pastoral landscapes serenely pass by at 4 mph, allowing you to take in all that your senses intended. Add to this gourmet food, personalized service and daily excursions and you have the perfect relaxing vacation. My wife and I booked a trip with European Waterways through Alsace-Lorraine, a region of France created by the German Empire in 1871 and encompassing parts of the Rhine, Moselle Valley […]

    Continue reading »

  • The Global Gumshoe investigates Paris, France

    The Global Gumshoe investigates Paris, France

    Who doesn’t love Paris? Lovely sidewalk cafes and bistros, all manner of museums, world-class art, and boat rides on the Seine. Ron Stern, aka: The Global Gumshoe provides a video montage of some of the best and most scenic aspects of Paris including music, still photography and video clips. Come along and enjoy!

    Continue reading »

  • The Global Gumshoe Investigates Steamboat Springs

    The Global Gumshoe Investigates Steamboat Springs

    This charming resort town, also known as Ski Town, U.S.A.®, was originally just a summer destination, owing much of its allure to the 150 natural hot springs that dot the landscape. Travelers as far back as 1880 came here to partake of the waters as well as the abundance of outdoor activities. The name of the town, in fact, was given by French fur trappers who thought that one of the springs sounded like a steamboat engine. Summertime is still […]

    Continue reading »

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