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

The Horses of St. Mark’s Basilica

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’s Basilica

Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just outside of the famous city of Worms, Germany is a lesser-known, but historically significant little abbey known as Kloster Lorsch. It may not look like much from the outside, but there is a lot of history at Kloster Lorsch. Founded by the Frankish Count Cancor in 764, the abbey stands as a monument to … Continue reading Lorsch Abbey: A Carolingian Monastery

Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus

Sometimes the most interesting travel experiences come from bypassing the main attraction. The first thought that comes to mind about Athens, Greece is usually the Parthenon, but if you walk right across the street there is another wonder of the ancient world. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, or Olympieion was built about 2,600 years ago, … Continue reading Just me, a cat, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus

How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

I started hiking again last week. On those long solo hikes the mind tends to wander. I started thinking about 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 … Continue reading How to Solo Hike the Grand Canyon

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

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