.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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“Pic of the Week”, October 2, 2020: The Coin Artist, Ushuaia

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In a park along Ushuaia’s waterfront is a small market featuring small “mom and pop” gift shops, like this one.  Most sell junk like crappy t-shirts and hats, but this one caught our eye.
This gentleman is an artist.  He takes coins from around the world, meticulously cuts out the artwork within them to make lovely pendents featuring animals, flowers, buildings, heroes, etc. — a large assortment of beautiful items.  I’d only in decades of traveling seen one other display of its type, and that many years ago.
My wife is extremely fond of horses and purchased several horse pendants for herself and as gifts.  The artist was appreciative and pleased to know his handiwork was traveling to California and Washington state.
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.All Trips / Car Culture / Central USA / Missouri / North America

Celebrity Car Museum, Branson, Missouri

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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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“Pic of the Week”, September 25, 2020: Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea, Key West

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As we walked down Truman Avenue on our way to Duvall Street — around which you’ll find the main sites of interest in Key West — we came across this pretty church.  It’s the Basilica of St Mary Star of the Sea, one of the oldest parishes in Florida.
The first Catholic Church in Key West was constructed in 1851 and was dedicated as “Saint Mary Star of the Sea”.  That church was destroyed by fire in 1901.  Construction of the present church began in 1904 and was completed the following year.
The church is built directly onto the island’s coral limestone and is made of concrete blocks containing crushed limestone and sand.  It’s exterior design is considered “American Victorian”.  The church …

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

Fairview Cemetery, Halifax

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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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.All Trips / Europe / Food / Poland

Little Market Square, Krakow

Little Market Square Krakow (1)

Historically Krakow’s large and impressive Main Market Square — the largest medieval square in Europe — was where local residents conducted their shopping, but today that space belongs to the tourists.
Locals have moved their activities elsewhere, including to Little Market Square (in Polish, Maly Rynek).  This square lies a block behind St. Mary’s Basilica, so it is easy to access when you’re in the heart of old Krakow.  The square itself is lined by colorful buildings dating from the late 17th century and in the past was where the meat market was located. 

Amber jewelery, Little Market Square, Krakow

Amber jewelry, Little Market Square, Krakow


A lively market is held in Little Market Square on weekends, which fills the square with a variety of vendors, as well as a stage for …

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“Pic of the Week”, September 18, 2020: Halifax City Hall

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A nice open space in Halifax is the grounds of this attractive Victorian building, City Hall.
City Hall was built between 1887 and 1890 and is one of the oldest public buildings in Nova Scotia.  It’s built of sandstone and has a clock tower, with clocks facing north and south.  Nova Scotians like to get full use of their real estate investments, and the building still functions as City Hall to this day.  It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. 
There were a number of these very comfortable looking Adirondack chairs on the grounds of City Hall.  A pleasant place to sit on a warm summer day.
As you’d expect of a mature city, a War Memorial is nearby.
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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

Da Vinci’s Magnificent Last Supper, Milan

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One of the main reasons we picked Milan as a travel destination was our desire to see Leonardo da Vinci’s greatest work, the “Last Supper”.
It’s not easy getting the opportunity to see this masterpiece in person.  There are a limited number of timed tickets issued for viewing of the Last Supper, so it is vital that you try to reserve your tickets just after they are issued because they sell out  quickly — often within a day or so of being released.  I got up in the middle of the night to buy ours — successfully, thank goodness.  If you can’t arrange the purchase of your tickets in advance, it is likely you can take a city tour in Milan …

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