Ever since I was small, I’ve LOVED what us British call ‘Service Stations’. Basically they are glorified petrol/gas stations but they will have a separate building with a food court, gift shop/’newspaper shop’, nice toilets, maybe a small games arcade etc. They remind me of the excitement of going on holiday in our caravan. I recently stopped at Iowa 80, which claims to be the world’s largest truck stop!
The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is one of Iowa’s top tourist attractions! It is one of only a handful of establishments that is accredited by BOTH the American Alliance of Museums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums! The museum is split into 2 main sections, the National River Center and the Mississippi River Center (which focuses on the history and wildlife found along the Mississippi) and today I share my favourite must see areas of the museum!
For me, sometimes it’s the silliest of things that attract me to a destination. For example, I went to Jamaica to go on a bobsleigh track in a rainforest. I signed up for the Kenosha pre conference trip at the Women in Travel Summit, purely because I wanted to go on a tour of the Jelly Belly Warehouse. Little did I realise, that Kenosha would steal my heart, I was just about ready to pack up and move into one of the houses along 1st Avenue, that overlook the waters of Lake Michigan.
When I moved to America I thought I’d never get to have a British cream tea ever again. Then Dubuque decided to throw out one better, a FULL English Afternoon Tea experience at the Inspire Cafe in the historic Millwork District! The Afternoon Tea tradition dates back to the 1800s. They usually include: a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, cake and scones (cream teas are smaller and only have scones and tea). When my American family came over for our wedding in the UK, we took them to a tea room for an English Cream Tea and we even served it at our wedding reception!
I recently attended my very first travel blogging conference! I umm’ed and ahh’ed about going for ages. The 2017 Women in Travel Summit (or WITS for short) was in Milwaukee, Wisconsin…just a 3 hour drive from where I now live in Iowa! I’d have been silly not to have gone! But all the thoughts were there…what if my old banger of an American car breaks down? Would I get totally lost driving all that way just 7 months after passing my USA driving test? Would I be spending the whole weekend alone? Is my blog too small to really benefit from anything? Little fish in a big pond…would all the other larger blogs outshine me?
I literally can’t say enough positive words about Distinctively Dubuque! As a new expat in America, discovering this course couldn’t have come at a better time! It is a completely FREE programme run by Greater Dubuque Development and the Northeast Iowa Community College and is aimed at people who have been living in the Dubuque district for 5 years or less.
Who’s ready for the summer?! There are so many ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Dubuque, Iowa. In this post I share some of my favourites, along with some of my bucket list plans for this summer! Are there any others you’d add to the list?
Taste of the World is an annual free event that takes place in Dubuque, Iowa. It is hosted by the Multicultural Family Center and celebrates Dubuque’s cultural diversity. It was so refreshing to attend an event that brought so many different nationalities together under one roof. Everyone was smiling and chatting and having a great time!