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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 […]

Spectacular Speyer
Europe Travel, Photo Highlight

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 […]

History & Archaeology, Photo Highlight

Prague Castle at Night

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Prague, but since I’m in Germany again I started thinking about how beautiful this city is. I knew I wanted to see Prague from the moment I arrived in Germany as an Army Specialist in 2007. When I finally traveled to Prague a year later, […]

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 […]

Wartburg in Eisenach
Germany, Photo Highlight

Wartburg in Eisenach

Wartburg in Eisenach sounds like something from the Lord of the Rings, but it is a reality, not a fantasy. In 1068 Louis the Springer (1042-1123) count of Thuringia, began construction on the castle. Wartburg is unique because much of the inner castle is still intact and original, suffering neither […]