History & Archaeology

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 […]