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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

The first time I read about Watts Towers I was in grade school and living in Glendale, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. Even at a young age, I was intrigued by this public art work display and the artist behind it, Simon Rodia. Although I am not an artist, I have always had… Continue reading The Watts Towers of Simon Rodia – State Historic Park | Exploring Los Angeles, California

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The Ernest Hemingway House & Museum – Key West, Florida | A U.S. National Historical Landmark

Located on the small Florida island of Key West, the Hemingway house and museum is the most popular tourist attraction on the island. This French Colonial home was the residence of Ernest and Pauline Hemingway during their marriage in the 1930s. After their divorce in 1940, Pauline lived here until her death in 1951. It… Continue reading The Ernest Hemingway House & Museum – Key West, Florida | A U.S. National Historical Landmark

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The International UFO Museum & Research Center | Roswell, NM

The city of Roswell in New Mexico definitely owns it when it comes to the extra-terrestrial lifestyle. This tourist town of about 50,000 people is located in the southwest corner of New Mexico, and is world famous for an alleged UFO incident in 1947. It is also a two hour drive away from Carlsbad Caverns… Continue reading The International UFO Museum & Research Center | Roswell, NM

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Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

There are moments in people's lives when they remember the first time a fire was lit for their life's passion. I absolutely can recall the first time I learned about gourmet cheeses, and that fire of fine foods was lit. The humorous thing was that the gourmet food fire lit about the same time my… Continue reading Mesa Verde National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Colorado

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Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

St. Louis, Missouri- The Gateway Arch National Park is unlike its sister parks of Yosemite, Zion or Yellowstone, which are glorious wonders of nature. This significant national park located in the heart of Saint Louis, Missouri is a reminder and acknowledgement of America's expansion to the West. It holds an importance and remembrance to those… Continue reading Gateway Arch National Park | Exploring Missouri

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Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Bodie, California- When I say the words "Ghost Town", what thoughts come into your mind? A piece of the American Old West that sits in decay, barren and dilapidated. A once thriving mining community with gun fights, bar brawls and brothels that now sits idle in the middle of nowhere, with an occasional tumble weed… Continue reading Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Global Dining

Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

Over the couple decades of my gastronomical travels, I have been to many of the oldest eateries in Europe and the UK, including Rules of London, the Historic Sausage House in Regensburg and Botin in Madrid. All have been unique dining experiences, considering they were all the oldest in one way or another. On my… Continue reading Zur Letzten Instanz | Berlin’s Oldest Restaurant

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument was one of the most intriguing and interesting places that I had visited in the Southwest. This canyon in Northeastern Arizona is owned entirely by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation and is the only National Park Service unit to be cooperatively managed… Continue reading Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

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St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Sinai, Egypt- St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt felt very far away from everything and everywhere, when I had traveled there in late 2019. I was already in Sharm el-Sheikh along the Red Sea when I took a day trip to this ancient monastery, which is also a UNESCO… Continue reading St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

Riga, Latvia- It is not a secret that I always gravitate towards food or an eating establishment with history. It could be the oldest restaurant, the oldest bar or in this case- the oldest candy company. Laima Confections is based out of Riga, Latvia and became one of the largest candy manufacturers in the Baltic… Continue reading Laima Candy | Latvia’s #1 Sweets Since 1870

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Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade and after numerous trips to England, I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that… Continue reading Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

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Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

The Mosque of Al Rifa'i is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an intriguing and special… Continue reading Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

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Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Crossing into Tallinn, Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia marked a huge travel milestone for me. It was the moment that I had accomplished one of my big travel goals; to visit every Baltic State, Eastern European and Balkan country.  I did it in four years from the time that I fell in love with… Continue reading Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

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The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

The magnificent Mosque - Madrasa of Sultan Hasan is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an… Continue reading The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

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Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of Luxor's most impressive sites and was one of my favorites. I very much admired the symmetrical clean lines and straight columns, that seemed to be built right into the mountain wall.  The full structure was created to organically blend in with the surrounding mountainous landscape and it… Continue reading Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Que Roger Moore as Bond...James Bond. Karnak is Luxor's most famous ancient site due to its popularity in modern day pop culture and films such as 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and several PC games. The complex of Karnak is an incredibly constructed compound with a look of decaying ancient… Continue reading Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring the Valley of the Kings along Luxor's West Bank should be another piece added to your travels into Egypt. The temples and the pyramids of ancient Egypt, always steal the show when visiting this country due to its popularity and the 'WOW' factor they bring. For those who are feeling a little Indiana Jones… Continue reading Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

The ancient city of Edfu, which sits along the West Bank of the Nile River is home to the grand and astounding Temple of Horus. It was constructed between 237 and 57 BC, during the Ptolemaic Kingdom and is one of the best preserved Egyptian shrines. The reliefs and inscriptions are from the Hellenistic period… Continue reading The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

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The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt

The city of Kom Ombo which sits along the Nile River is primarily an agricultural town, but it also draws in many tourist who are river cruising. The Temple of Kom Ombo which is a short walking distance from the river, sits on top of a small hill and is the main attraction which draws… Continue reading The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt