History & Archaeology

A Trip to the Tranquil, Ancient Ruins at Montezuma Well
Arizona, History & Archaeology, Nature Lovers, United States Travel

A Trip to the Tranquil, Ancient Ruins at Montezuma Well

The Well The third time I stopped along the winding road to admire Montezuma Well was a little different. Funny story how these historic site came by the name “Montezuma,” but we’ll get to that later. For now lets take a journey together, through two ancient sacred sites between Flagstaff […]

Charles Martel at Strasbourg Cathedral (source: wikimedia)
Europe Travel, History & Archaeology

Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

October 10, 732 It’s the date that one man changed EVERYTHING! As a historian I’ve long known that the Battle of Tours is a key moment in world history. Why doesn’t it receive more than a paragraph or two in world history textbooks? I can’t really answer that, but I […]

Golden Mold Cape
England, History & Archaeology, Photo Highlight

Golden Mold Cape

The British Museum was on my “bucket list” for a very long time. After I was finally able to check it off, I spent some time thinking back to my one favorite exhibit. Even though my visit lasted just a few hours, I was able to take in some pretty amazing […]

Ravenna, Italy’s Arian Baptistry
History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Ravenna, Italy’s Arian Baptistry

Few Places stand out among my travels as much as the inspiring historic mosaics of Ravenna, Italy. Although I spent only a single day in Ravenna, I managed to view almost every ancient church that boasted a set of Byzantine Mosaics. Ravenna’s history goes all the way back to the […]

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Germany, History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Emperor Valens from the Trier Mint

The Bode Museum in Berlin, Germany boasts a number of spectacular artifacts from the Roman Empire, but the medallion of the Emperor Valens particularly stands out. Valens was Emperor of the eastern half of the Roman Empire from 28 March 364 until his death at the battle of Adrianople (in Turkey […]

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Europe Travel, History & Archaeology

Forbidden Love at Père Lachaise Cemetery

Have you heard the tragic story of Heloise and Abelard? The remains interred at Père Lachaise Cemetery number in the millions, but there are some tombs, like those of Heloise and Abelard, that deserve more than a passing glance. The cemetery, located in the heart of Paris, France is famous for the grave of […]