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Things to do in Santa Fe: Ancient Cliff Dwellings in Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument should be a no-brainer if you are visiting Santa Fe, NM.  It makes for an easy, relaxed full day trip from Santa Fe with a picnic lunch and some hiking, or can be combined into a half day trip with a visit to Los Alamos, NM. The area around Bandelier National Monument […]

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The Best Things to do in New Mexico: A Secret City in the Mountains

Looking for one of the Best Things to do in New Mexico?: A city up in the high desert of New Mexico, unknown to all but a few, select people in the world outside?  An epic secret, hidden from the entire world?  Sound like something out of a movie, or something that your local conspiracy […]

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Garabit Viaduct France

Hello, Again Mr. Gustave Eiffel

So, silly me.  I thought that Gustave Eiffel’s only masterpiece was that crazy pointed tower in Paris!  I discovered this summer that I was so wrong!  Mr. Eiffel was a busy bee, and he designed structures in countries all around the world. In addition to having his fingers in the design of a certain well […]

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A Tour of the Edinburgh Royal Mile

Edinburgh is one of my favorite European cities.  Its casual elegance and easy going attitude make it an easy place to spend a few days.  The scale of the city makes it very walkable and not overwhelming like larger cities that we have been to. The Edinburgh Royal Mile is divided into a number of […]

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Families picnicking at the Pont du Gard Aqueduct

Postcards from Provence: A Sunny Day Spent with the Romans in France

It was hot today. Sweating, clothes soaked, really need a shower hot. We got our first real dose of south of France sunshine. For obvious reasons, the first city that people think of when they think of Romans is Rome, but the Romans were conquerors and they left their mark all over Europe.  The south […]

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A flag at the memorial at Pearl harbor

Fabulous Friday Foto: A Moving Image of the USS Arizona Memorial

A moving picture of the flag at the USS Arizona Memorial commemorating the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  The Japanese made a surprise attack on the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in the early morning hours of December 7, 1941.  This marked the beginning of the US involvement in World War II. Though […]

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Looking Down the Road: Bastille Day in France

“No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand.” J. Michael Straczynski Freedom lovers everywhere should rejoice with our French cousins each year on July 14th.  On […]

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US Cemetary Normandy France

A Photographic Excursion to Normandy France

These are some of the photos that we took on our amazing visit to Normandy France.  “In June, 1944, the Atlantic Coast of France was one of the most heavily fortified places on Earth.” I found it interesting that in this part of France, the US flag is flown at the same level as the […]

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Neolithic passage tomb Loughcrew Ireland

What to See In Ireland : The Best Neolithic Passage Tombs

If you are a lover of ancient Irish history looking for ideas for what to see in Ireland, a visit to the Boyne Valley and Newgrange should be on your Ireland itinerary.  There are over 39 Celtic burial tombs in the Boyne Valley, making this one of the most target rich environments in all of […]

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Kilmainhaim Gaol Stone Breakers yard

Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin: At the Crossroads of History in Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol, a historic Victorian jail in Dublin, Ireland. Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin has been at the epicenter of the tumultuous storm of Irish history since it was built in 1796. This place has been woven into the tapestry of Irish history through its role as a holding place for those on the wrong side of multiple […]

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