Hiking the Grand Canyon

Since I started hiking again last week, It reminded me of one of the hardest (and best) hiking adventures that I've ever been on. It really wasn't that far, about 4 miles round trip, but it was straight down into the Grand Canyon. I had already visited the Grand Canyon a few times, but I never hiked down into the canyon. … Continue reading Hiking the Grand Canyon

The Last Moments of Pompeii, 79 A.D.

A lot of people have been to Pompeii, and a lot of bloggers have written extensively about the city. However, each perspective is unique, and no two people will experience the city in the same way. Pompeii was a thriving cosmopolitan Roman city near Naples, Italy. Although the city was conquered by the Romans in 80 B.C., it … Continue reading The Last Moments of Pompeii, 79 A.D.

The Church of Bones

If you want to go to a place where you can be reminded of your own mortality, there's no better place on earth than the Sedlec Ossuary at Kutna Hora, just outside of Prague, Czech Republic. This Bone Church is one of the most unique places of worship in the world. When I stepped in … Continue reading The Church of Bones

Glass Slippers and Sixth-Century Wine

A trip to Cologne, Germany usually means a trip to see the Kölner Dom, or Cologne Cathedral, and why not? It's one of the most spectacular Cathedrals in Germany. However this post is not about the Cathedral, this post is about the modern-looking building right next door, the Römisch-Germanische Museum. If you're wondering what's so special about another … Continue reading Glass Slippers and Sixth-Century Wine

The Masks of Mycenae

Of all the treasures I've laid eyes on in my life, none have fascinated me more than the five Mycenaean gold masks at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. The museum is home to thousands of spectacular treasures, but the gold masks are the stars. Heinrich Schliemann discovered the masks in 1876, while excavating in Mycenae, Greece. Three of the … Continue reading The Masks of Mycenae

“Yanks Caught Hell”

A Confederate hand, long ago, scratched those words in charcoal on the wall of the Graffiti House. A Union hand came along later and  wrote "United States of America," with such flourish that the line from the "s" in States covered up the offending slogan. So it goes in Graffiti House, where multiple autographs, competing slogans, skillful portraits, … Continue reading “Yanks Caught Hell”

Two Ferries to Torcello

To get to Torcello I had to make a sacrifice. It was a big sacrifice becasue I only had one day in Venice, and a trip to Torcello takes nearly half a day. Looking back, some of the places that I have connected with the most are Byzantine, and this was no exception. It was a fast and easy … Continue reading Two Ferries to Torcello

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 curtains are red! I wanted … Continue reading Rainy Day at Montpelier

Pic of the Week: 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 decay nor destruction from WWII … Continue reading Pic of the Week: Wartburg in Eisenach

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 the Salem Academy. Bardstown was originally called … Continue reading Ghost Stories Told Here

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 the Salem Academy. Bardstown was originally called … Continue reading Ghost Stories Told Here