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poland room at cathedral of learning in pittsburgh

Celebrate the New Year in Ferrara, Italy

 destinations,Italy   Feb 22, 2017    By

Fireworks have never been my favorite thing. In fact, the words disappointment and anxiety best sum up my emotions on the subject. I left Barcelona unimpressed by their famous New Years show, which wasn’t all that different from the less hyped version I saw in Estonia the following year. More memorable are the large number […]

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11 Thoughts About Driving in Italy

 destinations,Italy   Feb 15, 2017    By

I moved to Italy in early November, and struggled through a mundane first month with no driving options to go anywhere. Then, in mid-December, my car arrived, and I quickly did the paperwork to get my Italian license plates. I gazed upon the beauty of my well-aged Toyota and realized…I’m now an Italian driver. Then […]

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live jazz music in prague

Moving Pictures – Prague, Czech Republic

 Prague, Czech Republic,destinations   Jan 3, 2017    By

Prague is one of those amazing cities with so much to do, but all condensed into a very manageable area. I was talking with a friend last week, and told her that three days is plenty of time to see the main sights of Prague, and more. This estimate also depends on your nightlife goals, […]

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harry potter exhibit at universal studios hollywood

Moving Pictures – Universal Studios, California

 California,destinations   Nov 16, 2016    By

There aren’t a lot of ‘European’ sights in Southern California, but they do have a huge Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The author of these books, J.K. Rowling, was born in England, lived in both London and Manchester, and was inspired for her novels by her experiences in Portugal. I know nothing […]

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world war two monument in washington dc

Shutter Love Sunday – Washington, DC

 destinations,history   Nov 13, 2016    By

This comes from the World War II monument in Washington, DC. I’m not the biggest DC fan, but shots like this coupled with a few hours at the Holocaust museum makes for a very emotionally moving day. This is one of my favorite views from our nation’s capital, as it also incorporates the majestic Washington […]

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wine festival in santa barbara

5 Things I Love About Santa Barbara

 destinations,festival,wanderlust   Sep 16, 2016    By

The story of Saint Barbara is a tragic one, if you believe it. Raised by a pagan father, she denounced his beliefs and converted to Christianity. The father wasn’t so enlightened and progressive, so as punishment he tortured and eventually beheaded her…which precluded him from any ‘dad of the year’ award consideration. Her name was […]

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hans christian andersen park in solvang, california

Solvang – Swans and Ugly Ducklings

 destinations,photography   Aug 11, 2016    By

“One evening, just as the sun was setting amid radiant clouds, there came a large flock of beautiful birds out of the bushes. The duckling had never seen any like them before. They were swans; and they curved their graceful necks, while their soft plumage shone with dazzling whiteness. They uttered a singular cry as […]

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