.All Trips / Central USA / Colorado / North America

Walking Main Street in Gold Hill, Colorado

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There are many mining towns in the Colorado Rockies, one of the most interesting being Gold Hill.  This town is located in the mountains northwest of Boulder at an elevation of 8,300 feet (2530 m).  A scenic drive, most of it on gravel roads, leads you through the transition of the great plains to the foothills, with the grand peaks of the Rockies visible at some distance to the west. 

Gold was discovered by a group of prospectors in a small stream near the town site in January 1859.  This stream was named Gold Run and in March of that year, the first mining district in the Nebraska Territory was created (Colorado had not yet been granted statehood).  The site and …

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.All Trips / Car Culture / England / Europe

Toys for Boys! The Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection

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As with all good museums of its type, a visit to the Cotswold Motoring Museum is like stepping back in time.  Located in one of the most beautiful parts of England, in the town of Bourton-on-the-Water, the museum is housed in a building that once functioned as a mill. 

A modest admission fee lets you explore the many features inside (see link above for details).  There is an assortment of interesting vintage cars, caravans and motorcycles dating from the early 20th century through the 1970s.  You can see the museum at your leisure as you walk from one gallery to the next.  Most of the vehicles are of English vintage, but not all are.  Lining the walls …

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.All Trips / Food / Nevada / North America / Southwestern USA

Nevada’s great Breakfast Diner! Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs

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While I don’t usually focus on reviews of restaurants, I do like to share special places that I’ve enjoyed during my travels.  Today I’d like to make you aware of a wonderful breakfast/lunch diner I discovered while visiting Northern Nevada . 

Peg’s Glorified Ham ‘n Eggs was founded in Reno in 1999 by a husband-and-wife team, Fred and Joanna (aka “Pops and Peg”).  The original restaurant became so popular that there are now eight sites, including Carson City (the one we visited), Sparks and Henderson.

Peg's Glorified Ham in Eggs

Peg’s Glorified Ham in Eggs


We breakfasted at Peg’s a number of times during our week in the Reno area and tried a variety of breakfast entries.  All were excellent!  Peg’s is especially known for its omelets and  “Glorified Skillets”.    While …

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.All Trips / Europe / France

The Eiffel Tower at Night

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Everyone loves the Eiffel Tower!  In today’s post I wanted to talk a little about the transformation that takes place at the Tower with the setting of the sun.

As the glow of the sun fades, the Eiffel Tower shines!  Plus it’s a good time to view the Tower as it’s not very crowded.  The views in the gallery below were taken from the Park Champ de Mars southeast of the tower.  It was a pleasant atmosphere — many people sitting on blankets and enjoying the sights.

Beyond the regular lights that illuminate the tower, there’s a twinkling show of lights that lasts for five minutes every hour on the hour.  There are apparently some 20,000 strobe lights on the tower, installed for …

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

Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery, Halifax

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While almost certainly not as famous as it’s founder would have liked, Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Brewery has developed a niche following throughout Canada, especially in its eastern provinces.  The brewery was created almost two centuries ago, in 1820, making it one of the oldest breweries in North America (the oldest surviving commercial brewery is John Molson’s, founded in Montreal in 1786).

Alexander Keith was a Scottish immigrant who had been a brewer in Edinburgh and London before moving to the New World.  He had an interesting career that extended beyond brewing and including being mayor of Halifax and President of the Provincial Legislative Council of Nova Scotia.  While in Canada he experimented with ale, porter, ginger wine and spruce beer, …

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.All Trips / Europe / Italy

A Day of Mosaics: Visiting Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily

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I like to visit UNESCO World Heritage sites when travel allows because they are uniformly interesting.  Villa del Casale is no exception as it has some of the best preserved and most extensive Roman mosaics anywhere.  The place is situated off the main tourist path in the central hills of Sicily and was a little hard to find, but the lovely well-preserved floor mosaics make it worth a little effort to get to.  It’s about 3 km from the town of Piazza Armerina.

Villa Romana del Casale was built in late Roman Empire, around the middle of the 4th Century AD, as a hunting lodge for a wealthy Roman (whose name is unknown).  The overall architecture is similar to many villas …

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.All Trips / Europe / Germany

Berlin’s unique Museum Island: a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Situated on an island in the Spree River, Berlin’s Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is home to five world-renowned museums.  The space is shared with Berlin’s great Cathedral, the Berliner Dom.  In 1999, the Museum Island complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage. 

The five museums on Museum Island are:

1) Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum):

Opened in 1930 — the last museum on the island to open but also perhaps the greatest of these museums.  This museum alone attracts around one million visitors every year and is currently under refurbishment. Its collection includes the Pergamon Altar and  Ishtar Gate.

Bode Museum, Berlin's Museum Island

Bode Museum, Berlin’s Museum Island

2) Bode-Museum:

Opened at the northern tip of the island in 1904 and with a renovation completed in 2005.  It has an …

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.All Trips / Asia / Dubai

A Day in the Dubai Mall

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On my last day in Dubai I thought I’d connect with a few world records.  I visited the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building and with the world’s highest observation deck, and the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping mall (by total area).  These two structures adjoin each other, so it’s quite easy to see both in one day.  I’ll soon publish a separate post on the Burj Khalifi, but today I’d like to focus on some of the sights and activities of the Dubai Mall.

Generally speaking, I’m not much of shopper and definitely not a Mall guy, but the Dubai Mall was an interesting and pleasant place to visit, especially as the outside temperature soared to 40oC (105oF), and …

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