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August 2016
The Tenacious Traveler

Not-to-Miss Netherlands a Top, Low-Down Spot to Visit

Belying Amsterdam's modest size are more than 70 museums, ranging from world-class to intimate. The Rijksmuseum, the country's national showplace, houses the most extensive collection of Dutch paintings in the world. The 17th-century exhibit includes nearly two dozen Rembrandts, enough alone to warrant a visit.

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Places to Learn about the Revolutionary War

Nearly every state between Florida and Maine and from the Atlantic to the Mississippi has museums devoted, all or in part, to the fight for freedom.

July 2016
The Tenacious Traveler

Magnificent Montana: Mountains, Museums, Wildlife, Bull Semen and Moose Drool

Ubiquitous boots, cowboy hats and country dancing are among touches that hint at a Marlboro Man machismo. Adding to the interest is that this western setting melds comfortably with a strong Indian culture.

Compulsive Traveler

New York City for Free

One of NYC’s newest attractions is the open-air African American Burial Ground. A construction project in 1991 uncovered more than 400 caskets of slaves from an age when New York had more slaves than any American city outside Charleston, South Carolina.

June 2016
The Tenacious Traveler

The Treasure-Trove That is Prague Shouldn’t Be Missed

That splendid city overwhelms visitors with its architecture, which provides a feast for the eyes, then envelopes them in an aura of living history. Just when you think you've seen the most majestic building possible, you turn a corner and come upon another gem that surpasses it in grandeur.

As I Recall...

Best Historical Education Comes Through Being There

We read aloud the words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and they yielded stronger meaning than when we had read them from our history book. Being there made longer lasting impressions than photographs or written accounts could ever furnish.

Senior Moments

The Crazy Horse Memorial: A Monumental Dream

When the memorial is finished — there is still no definite time line — it will be 563 feet high, taller than the highest Egyptian pyramid, and 641 feet long, longer than two football fields. It will be the largest sculpture in the world.

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After paying, I drove a short way and suddenly saw the nearly completed granite face of Crazy Horse glowing in the afternoon light. It took my breath away, and as I got out of my car to see it more clearly, I felt like I was in an outdoor cathedral.

Gray Matter

Kicking the Travel Bucket List

As the years pass, however, the list will become dog-eared and food-stained and your regular New Year’s Eve guests will squint at it and say discouraging things like, “You’d better get going; your knees aren’t going to last forever.” Here are five good reasons why you should consider kicking that bucket list to the curb.

Compulsive Traveler

Take 10 in Louisville

There is plenty of street art including “Kentucky’s Rushmore” depicting Mohammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, Colonel Sanders, and Secretariat. Colorful street statues of horses are part of their Gallopalooza project.

May 2016
The Tenacious Traveler

Cheese, Truffles and History: Treasure Hunting in Piemonte

The opportunity to learn about one of the most unusual professions anywhere is one attraction of a visit to the Piedmont (Piemonte) province of northwestern Italy. Others include its lovely landscape of gently rolling hills blanketed by vineyards, and tiny towns that grew up around imposing stone castles in Medieval times.

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