Les Clefs d'Or USA conference in New Orleans

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What an amazing time we had here in an friendly and warm (in more ways than one) city.  The host hotel, the newly branded Le Meridien was absolutely amazing with their hospitatlity, rooms, food and pool.  I highly reccommend it if you are ever staying in the Crescent City.  

We had great meetings, includiinng an election with a new Board of Directors: 

  • Rober Mark - President
  • Shujaat Khan - Past President & Zone Director of thee Americas
  • Nathn Goff - VP Media & Public Relations
  • Danny Alford - Treasurer
  • Leigh Anne Dolecki - Director of Membbership
  • Charisse Fazzari - Director of Concierge Relations
  • Kathleen Fitzgerald - Secretary
  • Harald Mootz - Direcctor of Development
  • Robert Watson - Congress Liaison
Chalmette Battlefield

Chalmette Battlefield

There was fantastic openining night reception at Harrah's Casino New Orleans, an educational Riverboat Cruise on the mighty Mississippi and visit to Chalmette Battlefield, and an inspiring gala at the National World War II Museum with entertainment by the Victory Belles.  It was my first congress and hopefully not my last.  We have a lot of great ideas and direction from great speakers to  take back to our hotels with us and make our guest experience even better.  

Victory Belles

Victory Belles

Keoniinthecity goes to ... Boston

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Boston - a beautiful city with so much American history and culture.  I loved the small neighborhoods and the fact that the city retains so many of its historical buildings rather than tear them down to build new ones.  Boston has a little bit of everything there; from a Little Italy to Chinatown, sports crazed fans to super intellectuals at Harvard and MIT, and historical relics to inspired architecture.  Being able to step back into time via "Old Ironsides" and walking up Bunker Hill.  Eating classics like New England Clam Chowder, Boston Creme Pie and the wealth of oysters available locally.    Walking the Quad at Harvard.  These are a few of the fun and interesting things that I got to do during a quick visit.  

HOPS

Sam Adams brewery offers a great tour of one of their breweries.  Our guide was extremely entertaining and knowledgeable.  You also get to sample beer, can keep tasting glasses and get one of their perfect pints for the cost of a pint of beer. 

Paul Revere's tombstone

Ornate old churches as well as multiple graveyards containing famous patriots lend character and mystique to "Beantown"  

USS Constitution

USS Constitution

Boston is home to the USS Constitution,  better known as "Old Ironsides" due to the cannonballs that bouced off of it's hull.  There is also Bunker Hill where the tide of the Revolutionary War turned.  While it was a loss for the Colonists, the toll taken on the British army proved too much in the end.

Bunker Hill Memorial

And a little bit of the new...

Proof that our forefathers had a sense of humor; John Hancock's gravestone

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge   

Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge