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Hiking Coronado National Forest
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Hiking Coronado National Forest

Moving to Arizona Moving all the way to Arizona is a scary thing to do. It was completely spontaneous. The entire five-day drive out here was spent searching for a city and an apartment. One of the toughest things about moving to from the east coast to the desert was […]

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 […]

Spectacular Speyer
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Spectacular Speyer

About this time two years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the cathedral in Speyer, Germany. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Germany, and also one of the most interesting. Speyer cathedral is an example of  Romanesque architecture and was built by the Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II, 1030. As with most […]

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 […]

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 […]