The WISCH LIST
By Dave Wischnowsky
In the spirit of the best Thanksgiving movie ever made, there are no faster ways to cross the country than planes, no more scenic ways to see the country than trains, and no better ways to experience the country than automobiles.
But if you want to take in a city?
Well, there’s no better way to do that than by foot. And now a former Chicago tech guru is stepping up his digital game in an attempt to make urban walking tours a far richer experience for tourists than ever before.
When it comes to exploring cities on foot, my wife and I get a big kick out of it. In fact, every time we visit a new city or even return to an old familiar, we diligently conduct our research to identify its most fascinating neighborhoods, best historical haunts and most authentic establishments. Then, armed with our knowledge, we basically create our own walking tours – ones which have taken us to such fascinating locales such as a tiny bar along La Rambla in Barcelona that was Ernest Hemingway’s favorite, the cozy district of the French Quarter where New Orleans locals actually hang, and the hotel ballroom where Tony Bennett first sang “I Life My Heart in San Francisco” in San Francisco.
As cool as those experiences were, however, it’s fascinating to wonder how much fuller they could have been if that bar, district or ballroom could actually talk.
What stories would they tell?