The Horses of St. Mark

Beauty. The four horses at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy can only be described with one word, beauty. They are called the bronze horses, but they are actually almost pure copper. If you stare at them long enough, they almost seem real. The two horses pictured above are looking at each other like they … Continue reading The Horses of St. Mark

Pic of the Week: Porch of the Caryatids

At the top of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece is the Erechtheion, a temple constructed in 421 B.C. and dedicated to Poseidon and Athena. On the side of the temple is the Porch of the Caryatids, or Porch of the Maidens, which has a long and sad history. The history of the porch during ancient times alone could fill … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Porch of the Caryatids

Pyramids of Teotihuacan

I've stayed in luxury hotels (rarely) and I've stayed in budget hotels (mostly). When I visited the famous Teotihuacan pyramid complex in the summer of 2009, my room at the  Villias Arqueologicas Teotihuacan  was only $35/night (about $50 now). My little budget room at Teotihuacan was one of the best places I have ever stayed at! I didn't … Continue reading Pyramids of Teotihuacan

Pic of the Week: Trier, Roman and Rococo

In one photograph I managed to capture more than 1300 years of history. Trier, one of the oldest cities in Germany (16BC) lies on the Moselle River near Luxembourg, and is sometimes called "The Rome of the North." Trier earned this title because it has multiple surviving Roman monuments, including Constantine's basilica. Construction began on Constantine's basilica, or … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Trier, Roman and Rococo

Monticello on the Mountaintop

Legend records that when Thomas Jefferson was informed that British troops were on their way to Monticello in 1781, he calmly offered the messenger, Jack Jouett, a glass of Madeira. After that he offered his guests breakfast before sending his family to safety in a carriage. It's amazing that Banastre Tarleton  and his British troops did not … Continue reading Monticello on the Mountaintop