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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.

Compulsive Traveler

Ten Reasons People Love to Visit Ann Arbor, Michigan

World War II buffs and airplane lovers will literally take to the air at this museum. Wannabe aviators will be in seventh heaven with a flight on one of the museum’s vintage planes such as the Douglas C-47 Skytrain that was the principal transport used by the Allies in World War II.

April 2016
The Tenacious Traveler

Happy 100th, America’s National Parks

Among the more than 400 units in the park system are smaller, lesser-known sites around the country that have their own special appeals. They include magnificent scenery, overlooked chapters of American history and intriguing learning experiences.

Compulsive Traveler

Uniquely Brazil

Rio is home to the famed Ipanema Beach but it is only one of the beaches. Surfers will head to Arpoador while families will head to Leblon where the beach is quieter and there is a section reserved for small children.

Amazing Peak Experiences

Holy Land Experience

The Holy Land Experience (HLE) offers a dramatic understanding of the history of Christianity and its impact on the world. Affectionately known as ABiblical Disneyland,@ the HLE has around 40 exhibits, along with museums, restaurants, gardens, a gift shop and other attractions.

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