.All Trips / Alaska / North America

Eklutna Historical Park — an Unusual stop in Alaska

00 Eklutna Historical Park

One of the most interesting places we visited in Alaska was in the small village of Eklutna.  The village is little more than a tiny dot on the map, but it has an interesting spot that nicely highlights the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church on the native population of the region.
The Russian Orthodox church is arguably one of the few good things the Russians did for the native people of Alaska — the Russian legacy is generally that of exploitation of the Alaskan Natives for the furs they provided (especially popular were sea otter pelts, the animals driven to the brink extinction by Russian demand).  The Church’s influence dates to the 18th century when the first missionaries came to …

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.All Trips / Argentina / South America

A Visit to the Maritime and Prison Museum, Ushuaia

03 Ushuaia Marfitime Museum

The Maritime and Prison Museum was originally constructed in the late 19th century as a prison (by prisoners).  It consists of 5 two-story wings built onto a central hub.  The prison became the most southerly situated jail in the world and was where Buenos Aires sent prisoners it didn’t want to house locally — sort of like the English sending prisoners to Australia.
The prison had 380 cells which housed up to 800 inmates ranging from political prisoners to murderers.  In some ways the prison was reformative, prisoners receiving a basic education and pay for work performed (which they could take with them when — or if — they ever left).  The prison ran various shops that served the needs of …

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.All Trips / North America / South Carolina / Southeastern USA

South of Broad, Charleston

03 Charleston South of Broad (8)

South of Broad is a novel by Pat Conroy, which I read years ago.  The book is set in Charleston, in the popular and historic part of the city situated south of Broad Street.  Like all of Conroy’s books it focuses on an interesting cast of characters, but the title of the book stuck with me.
The area south of Broad is located between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers and is a residential neighborhood filled with beautiful antebellum homes dating back as far as 1721.  The real estate of the neighborhood is pricy, it being unlikely you could purchase a home here for under a million dollars (repeated beatings by future hurricanes are thrown in for free).  It’s a charming area …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Central Canada / North America

Markerville Lutheran Church, Alberta

01 Markerville Lutheran Church

It’s not easy to find the small Alberta town of Markerville on a map, but you’d be charmed by it as I was when I visited.  The most memorable building in Markerville is this simple but pleasing church.
Markerville was established by Icelandic immigrants who arrived in Alberta via the United States in the late 19th century, and grew to a thriving (if small) community.  After hiring a full-time minister in 1905, the residents decided they needed a church.  Local farmers brought their tools and began the work of building their house of worship in 1906.  Most Icelandic people at the time were Lutheran, so it makes sense they would build a Lutheran church. 
The foundation was made of sandstone quarried in …

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.All Trips / Alberta / Car Culture / Central Canada / North America

Great Cars Along the Highway: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, Calgary

1960 Chevrolet Corvette (1)

I think Chevy Corvettes — especially those made in the 1950s and early 1960s — are among the most attractive cars ever made in America.  
The Corvette was first built in 1953 — this model was made in 1960, one of just over 10,000 made that year.  The car has a front placed engine (generally a 283 cu in (4.64 L) V8), rear wheel drive, and is a two-door, two passenger vehicle. 
The Corvette was one of the first cars to use fiberglass for the outer body, a tradition that continues to this day.
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.All Trips / Asia / Sri Lanka

Views of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country from the Rear Window

Trip to Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka (95)

Despite being a small nation, there’s a lot of beautiful scenery to enjoy in Sri Lanka, from lovely palm-fringed beaches, to charming small villages, to ancient cities.  As far as scenery to enjoy while on a road trip, I don’t think there’s anything more appealing than a drive through the tea country of the mountains.
The following images are a short gallery taken from my back seat window while traveling from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya, the latter city in the heart of the country’s tea-growing region.  The roads are curvy and progress is slow, but I suppose that’s a metaphor for life in Ceylon.
Here are some of the scenes spotted along the way:
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.All Trips / Car Culture / Central USA / Missouri / North America

Celebrity Car Museum, Branson, Missouri

00 Celebrity Car Museum, Branson (150)

Branson is known for its many family-themed attractions, a few of which feature cars.  I’m fond of seeing interesting cars and trucks and thought a visit to the Celebrity Car Museum might be fun. 
“Celebrity Car Museum and Attraction: The Velvet Collection” features over 100 vehicles that have ties to the movie and television industry.  Most of these are cars and many are easily recognized, but there were also some rare vehicles displayed so it wasn’t all about star power.  Besides the vehicles, you’ll see film-related memorabilia.  Video monitors throughout the museum run short film loops clips focusing on scenes in which the displayed cars are featured on film. 
Once you pay your admission, you can walk around at your leisure and …

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.All Trips / Eastern Canada / North America / Nova Scotia

Fairview Cemetery, Halifax

00 Fairview Cemetery

Halifax might seem an odd place to find the graves of many of those who perished when the RMS Titanic sank more than a century ago, but it was from this city that most of the rescue efforts went forth into that infamous night, and it was here that many of the drowned and frozen bodies were delivered.  There are at least 150 Titanic graves in Halifax which can be found in the following cemeteries: Fairview (121), Mount Olivet (19) and Baron de Hirsch (10). Each cemetery has informational plaques indicating the location of the grave sites.

Fairview Cemetery, Halifax

Fairview Cemetery, Halifax


There’s still something compelling about the tragic story of the Titanic that resonates with people, and which continues to draw them to museums and …

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