History & Archaeology

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 […]

America’s First (European) City
History & Archaeology, United States Travel

America’s First (European) City

It’s not Boston, New York, or even Jamestown, Virginia. America’s first (European) city is St. Augustine, Florida. That statement is augmented with  “European” so the civilizations of Cahokia, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde are not minimized. I’ve had several opportunities to visit St. Augustine, and there’s something new and exciting to see every time. […]

The Story of Childeric’s Bees
Europe Travel, Germany, History & Archaeology

The Story of Childeric’s Bees

Ever wonder why you are drawn to certain things and certain times? I wonder why, all the time, and I have yet to find an answer. For some reason, I have always been drawn to Childeric’s Bees, and feel compelled to tell their story. Why they were made? What was their […]

Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantine Beauty
History & Archaeology, Italy, Photo Highlight

Ravenna: Italy’s Byzantine Beauty

I often fall into a daydream about past trips when staring at the computer all day at work, and this past Friday was no exception. Germany, 2009, Christmas 4-day weekend, what to do? Italy was the answer! Italy is a quick Ryanair hop from Germany, and after setting up in Bologna (where […]