Armchair Traveler ~ Classic National Geographic Magazines ~ From the 1940’s

On a recent visit to Boise, Idaho a friend suggested that we visit the main library as it has a room where they sell donated books and magazines. In addition to some very good books, they had the most marvelous old magazine selection. I immediately spotted several National Geographic Magazines from the 1940’s (Jan 1941, Jan 1943 and Oct 1946) and purchased them.

 

Each is a fascinating look not only at travel but also at history. The January 1941 magazine has 7 articles, including stories about Winchester, England’s Early Capital, a British West Indian Interlude and the Flame-Feathered Flamingos of Florida. Two of the articles feature color photos. It’s fascinating comparing these magazines to a current National Geographic. 

A favorite article is “Turning Back Time in the South Seas” by Thor Heyerdahl, of Kon-Tiki fame. He and his wife spent several months living on the sparsely inhabited island of Fatu-Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. The black and white photos and captivating story transported me to a different time and place.

I’ve visited both Tahiti and Fiji and love the South Pacific. It was eye-opening seeing it through their perspective and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in their exotic adventures in this remote part of our world. 

Another article, “Classic Greece Merges Into 1941 News” has 19 illustrations of Greece.  The photos show ancient Greece merging with the Greece of 1941, which was under attack by Italy. I studied Greek history and it was the first European country I visited. It holds many marvelous memories (especially Athens and Delphi), made more so after seeing these incredible photos of a beautiful country. 

 

 

Check out your library or used book stores for ideas for your journeys, both real and armchair. The articles and photos that you find will conjure up future travels and/or have you reminiscing about previous journeys. Plus they are a gateway to exploring the history of an area you wish to visit. 

 

Savor your journeys … past, present and future …

Boise, Idaho ~ The Village at Meridian

About a 15 minute drive from Boise is the marvelous Village at Meridian Mall. I am not a fan of shopping centers, but this one is an exception. Many interesting shops to explore, coffee shops and restaurants to try and it is nicely laid out.

Stop in the locally owned Royal Coffee Company for a terrific latte, cappuccino or fruit smoothie. Enjoy it while sitting outside, deciding whether to browse the shops, walk about, dine or stay a while in the lovely Fountain Square area. 

My favorite place to dine is The Yard House. They have a very good, varied menu (fabulous fish ‘n’ chip), an extensive bar (including 140 unique beers) and multiple TVs showing sports.  Terrific place for lunch or dinner. 

Savor your journeys … enjoy the ride …

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Boise, Idaho ~ Greenbelt, Julia Davis Park and Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial

The beautiful Boise River Greenbelt follows the river through the heart of the city. Your walk takes you past Boise State University, to Julia Davis Park (stop and explore the gorgeous Rose Garden) to the inspiring Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. You will find restaurants in the area (Cottonwood Grille is a favorite) plus other parks, including Ann Morrison Park.

Savor your journeys …and treasure the memories … 

Boise Rose Garden, Idaho

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Boise Rose Garden, Idaho

A favorite spot to visit when in Boise is the incredible Rose Garden in Julia Davis Park. It is convenient to downtown and along the beautiful Green Belt. Definitely worth a visit.

Savor your journeys and always take time to stop and smell the roses.

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Coeur d’Alene, Riverstone Park, Idaho

Riverstone Park, adjacent to the Centennial Trail, is a lovely place to walk about and enjoy the surroundings. There are restaurants on the opposite side of the pond, a nearby Main Street with cute shops, restaurants and a favorite book store.

Savor Your Journeys …. near and far.

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Addendum: The Well~Read Moose Bookshop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene, Centennial Trail, Idaho

The 45 mile Centennial Trail stretches from Spokane’s River Front Park to the end of Coeur d’Alene’s Lake Drive. The Coeur d’Alene section is perfect for walking, jogging and stopping at a bench or adjacent park to enjoy the beauty. Continue on the trail to   browse the local shops on Sherman Avenue and discover your perfect spot to enjoy a splendid meal. Check out taking a boat ride on the beautiful lake.

Savor your journeys. Take time to explore.

 

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Coeur d’Alene and Boise

Coeur d’Alene

Last year I did this trip in reverse and it’s very comfortable to return to familiar places. From western Washington take Interstate 90 to Coeur d’Alene, about 30 miles east of Spokane.

I again stayed in the River Front area where there is easy access to the Centennial Trail, the River Front Park, a cute shopping area (with a favorite book store, The Well-Read Moose) and easy access to drive to the town or the I-90 to further explore this gorgeous area. On this journey, I discovered the beautiful Hayden Lake area.

I tried several new places to eat, but returned several times to a favorite, Anthony’s. It’s situated near the pond at Riverfront Park and has a great Happy Hour and dinner menu.

 

Drive to Boise

To me, the more scenic route (highways 95 and 55) is the better option than back-tracking and taking the interstates. I stopped in Grangeville for lunch and discovered Crema Café, which I highly recommend. It’s a cute spot with friendly and helpful staff offering a nice breakfast and lunch menu. I had a marvelous latte and quiche and would definitely return when in the area.

There are other places to stop, including Moscow, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and McCall. I stopped several times to take photos and was very lucky that it was a clear, beautiful day as it is a very windy road.

Boise

Boise is a neat city to explore, whether for the first time or as a repeat visitor. I went to my favorite spots, including the gorgeous Rose Garden, the Boise River Greenbelt, downtown 8th Street (restaurant row) and Rediscovered Books.

I love discovering terrific new places to eat and that happened in Boise. The Cottonwood Grille, located on the Greenbelt, is terrific. Excellent menu and customer service and how lovely to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine on a beautiful day. I will definitely return.

 

Another day, we went to nearby Meridian, enjoying lunch at The Yard House, located at The Village at Meridian.

I will have several separate photo posts of places mentioned above, once I sort out my many photos of this beautiful area.

On my return, I stayed on Interstate 84 passing the magnificent Columbia River and the Hood River area. It connects to Interstate 5 north, homeward bound. While a bit longer, the scenery is quite beautiful.

Savor your journeys, discovering new places and re-discovering familiar ones.

Post from last year about Boise and Coeur d’Alene:

Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Boise and Coeur d’Alene