Bryggen wharf area in downtown Bergen. Photo: Doug Tomren

Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in the wharf area…

'Mortuary' Poster. Directed by Tobe Hooper. Image courtesy Echo Bridge Entertainment.

Tobe Hooper ‘Mortuary’ – brain-dead zombies and black fungus

Mortuary, directed by Tobe Hooper, received a limited theatrical release in 2006. The film tells the story of the Doyle family, who, after the unexpected death of the family patriarch, decide to uproot to rural California, in the process taking up residence at a local graveyard and managing a failing mortuary business. The mortuary, Fowler Mortuary, turns…

Logo for Seattle Sister Cities program

Seattle sister cities – an overview

Background In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about and…

Louis Armstrong statue at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Louis Armstrong statue at New Orleans Airport

When flying into Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport it’s the Louis Armstrong statue that offers the best indicator that you have arrived in one of the most unique cultural destinations in the United States. The statue is located in Concourse C (where most domestic flights arrive), near the Customer Relations desk. The statue was…

Poster for 'Memory' 2006), starring Billy Zane.

Review of ‘Memory’ from 2006, starring Billy Zane

Memory (2006) is a low-budget thriller starring Billy Zane (Titanic), with supporting roles from Tricia Helfer, Terry Chen, Dennis Hopper and Ann-Margret. The film was directed by Bennett Joshua Davlin, who also wrote the novel from which the film is based. With a budget of approximately $3.5 million, according to IMDB, Memory seemed to have a very limited theatrical run, then saw a…

Café du Monde awning at the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Café Du Monde – coffee and beignets in New Orleans

Café Du Monde French Market location serves coffee and beignets 24 hours a day, 7  days a week No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the original Café Du Monde (official site) operating in the French Market at 800 Decatur Street continuously since 1862. Popular with visitors and locals alike, the location is…