The Best Lechon in San Juan

Miguel’s long beard moves wonderfully up and down as he smiles. “Ask me anything,” he says. “Anything at all.” Over the next two hours, I do just that. We talk about his island home of Puerto Rico, the people, the politics, the food. We speak of his two sons, one still here and one in…

My Immersive Van Gogh Experience

Now I understand what you tried to say to meHow you suffered for your sanityHow you tried to set them freeThey would not listen, they did not know howPerhaps they’ll listen nowDon McLean, “Vincent” It’s a bit of a surprise to me that Don McLean’s song about Vincent Van Gogh isn’t part of the Immersive…

The Fort Worth Stockyards

At first glance, it’s a bit like Disneyland, a facade of “old Texas” eager to part swarms of tourists from their dollars. Ten dollars for parking, five to take a photo of your child on a longhorn steer, and unknown amounts to ride the electronic bull or try to find your way through a maze…

Magical Fez, Morocco

Editor’s note: Morocco has been at or near the top of my travel wish list for years. In 2020, I was supposed to visit from Spain, but had to cut my trip short due to the emergence of Covid on the world scene. It is lovely to visit vicariously through Sam, and his experience in…

Rosie the Riveter

Editor’s note: places like this, Rosie the Riveter National Historic Park, are what makes the national parks system so special. Here we celebrate the role women played in the war efforts of World War Two, a story I am so glad Christian is sharing with us today. For more of his writing, click here to…

2022 Preview

Another year has come and gone. It is hard to believe 2021 is already over. (Read my year in review here.) I guess it’s time to preview 2022 here on The Royal Tour! A necessary caveat: all travel plans are subject to cancellation due to Covid. Omicron is ravaging the world right now, and the…

2021 Year in Review

It wasn’t as bad as 2020; I’ll give 2021 that. While it began slowly, my March vaccination opened the world a bit, and I was able to take some wonderful trips, especially over the second half of the year. 2021 also was a big year here at The Royal Tour. We added some new guest…

Hakone and Mt. Fuji

Editor’s note: Like Sam, I also went to Hakone, spending a relaxing day in the hot - and cold - pools of a traditional onsen. Unlike Sam, I didn’t get to see even a glimpse of Mt. Fuji through the clouds. Next time! In any event, to read more of Sam’s adventures, click here to…