Thar be giants in the Loop! Chicago has much to offer. Grand museums, a variety of entertainment, some of the worlds finest restaurants, a picturesque river, a loyal sports following, spacious and lush parks, and, to top it all off, Lake Michigan.  C-town is always worth the visit.  One of our favorite curiosities of Chicago, specifically the Loop, is a number of mammoth sculptures, some several stories high, that are scattered throughout downtown. Make sure…

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Pin Up Bowl, St. Louis

May 13, 2015

It’s not what you think, you sickos. It’s the 1940’s and St. Louis is bustling with business opportunities. You work hard for your money but by Thursday night you are nearing white-collar burnout. You need to blow off steam and there is only one place in town that scratches your itch: Pin Up Bowl.  Where else in St. Louis can you surround yourself with classic art deco while bowling and sipping on a martini? Travel…

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The Winged Virgin, Quito Ecuador

May 11, 2015

She is the winged guardian of Quito and her children. El Panecillo, a 200-metre high hill, stands over Quito, the 2nd highest capital in the world. A temple to the sun god that once stood on this hilltop was destroyed by the conquistadores as they over ran the original inhabitants of the valley. In 1976, artist Agustin de la Herrán Matorras was commissioned to build a 45-metre statue of the Madonna.  The statue was created…

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DFW Elite Toy Museum, Fort Worth Texas

May 8, 2015

Automatons Galore! Ron Sturgeon, owner of Elite Car Detail, started like most collectors start: a fascination with old toys, especially model cars. In the 1980’s he started a collection that has grown by leaps and bounds. With nearly 3000 model cars, massive ships, games, pet dog antique items, and other odds and ends, Ron’s collection is quite impressive. A few years ago he decided to open his collection to the public. In a building that…

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Sirena, Salado TX

May 6, 2015

The beautiful mermaid with frozen tears. During the age of enchantment, there was an Indian maiden, Sirena, who yearned day and night for the love of one special warrior. But alas, the warrior would not return her affection. Sirena, with tears in her eyes, began to lament her unrequited love as she combed her long hair and looked at her reflection in the creek. One afternoon a magical catfish, being a curious sort, surfaced in…

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Obscura Antiques and Oddities, NYC

April 29, 2015

Entering Obscura is like entering the mind of a mad scientist who is eating shrooms. I have a fairly good weirdo-meter built into my brain. I am pulled like a moth to flame whenever the strange, bizarre or outlandish is within my radius. That’s why I am so vexed that I passed by Obscura for so many years. Down in the Lower East Village of Manhattan, only three blocks away from where I normally stay…

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The Corner Shoppe Mall, Austin Texas

April 27, 2015

One of the most mismatched names in the world of Travel Curiosities. Don’t be fooled by the name. The Corner Shoppe Mall is not the place you go for a pair of shoes or a TV for your apartment. This is the place to go if you are looking for a dead stuffed boar or coyote. As their website proudly proclaims, the Corner Shoppe Mall is taxidermy king of the south. A family-run business for…