History & Archaeology

The Masks of Mycenae
Europe Travel, Greece, History & Archaeology

The Masks of Mycenae

Of all the treasures I’ve laid eyes on in my life, none have fascinated me more than the five Mycenaean gold masks at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The museum is home to thousands of spectacular treasures, but the gold masks are the stars. Heinrich Schliemann discovered the masks in 1876, while excavating in […]

“Yanks Caught Hell”
History & Archaeology, United States Travel, Virginia

“Yanks Caught Hell”

A Confederate hand, long ago, scratched those words in charcoal on the wall of the Graffiti House. A Union hand came along later and  wrote “United States of America,” with such flourish that the line from the “s” in States covered up the offending slogan. So it goes in Graffiti House, where multiple […]

Two Ferries to Torcello
Europe Travel, History & Archaeology, Italy

Two Ferries to Torcello

To get to Torcello I had to make a sacrifice. It was a big sacrifice becasue I only had one day in Venice, and a trip to Torcello takes nearly half a day. Looking back, some of the places that I have connected with the most are Byzantine, and this was no exception. […]

Rainy Day at Montpelier
History & Archaeology, Photo Highlight, United States Travel, Virginia

Rainy Day at Montpelier

“Let it be red.” Those are the words of Dolley Madison, when asked how she wanted the parlor of Montpelier decorated. Oh and what a red it is. The walls are covered in a soft, velvety red fabric wallpaper, and the chairs are upholstered in the same rich red fabric. Even the parlor […]

Mysterious Markings: Petroglyph National Monument
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

Mysterious Markings: Petroglyph National Monument

My first impression when looking out over the plain is that something happened here. I can’t articulate exactly what happened, but the sensation was there, along with a prickly feeling on the back of my neck. Before I even started exploring the site, I had to stand there and take […]

Ghost Stories Told Here
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

Ghost Stories Told Here

Last weekend I had a chance to visit The Old Talbott Tavern or Old Stone Tavern in Bardstown, Kentucky. The tavern was built in 1779, and claims to be the oldest stagecoach stop in the west. There are even a few reports that the Talbott Tavern was once the site of […]