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That place called New Amsterdam

Before New York was packed with people… before it was a global destination for fashion, music, and business… before it was home to the Mets, the Rangers, and the Yankees… before it was the place that Loyalists hid during the… Continue Reading →

Fort Ross

Every time I mention to locals that Russia settled in California in the 1800s, they are shocked. People don’t seem to know about this part of California’s history… everyone knows the Spanish and American stories: of Junípero Serra, the Missions,… Continue Reading →

Plimoth Plantation

Previous: The Pilgrims and the Mayflower While there were 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower when it left England, when it arrived in Plymouth there were 99 (2 passengers were born at sea and 5 died en route). According to local… Continue Reading →

Heritage for the Holidays

Christmas in Calgary always seems to remind me of how harsh it was to live on the Prairies a hundred+ years ago. Winters here are brutal, the distance between towns is great and isolating, and with the government’s push to… Continue Reading →

Burnaby Village

Burnaby had its colonial beginnings in the mid-1800s when the area was first surveyed and colonized in 1859 by Robert Burnaby during the gold rush. In those days, residents lived mostly in log cabins and on fruit farms. It wasn’t… Continue Reading →

Santa’s Village, Heritage Park

Location: Heritage Park, Calgary Dates: Every weekend in Dec. until Christmas Hours: 10-12 & 1-3 p.m. Cost: Gate admission ($8 for adults and $6 for kids). 50% off coupons are available at Safeway. We had a little incident with the… Continue Reading →

Once Upon A Christmas

Location: Heritage Park, Calgary Dates: Every weekend in Dec. until Christmas Hours: 9:30am – 4:00pm Cost: Gate admission ($8 for adults and $6 for kids). 50% off coupons are available at Safeway. One of the more wonderful Christmas traditions that… Continue Reading →

Alcazaba

The Alcazaba was built in the mid-11th century. It’s not as old as other sites in Europe, but it’s well preserved and in an easy to find location. Next to the fortification is the ruins of a Roman theatre —… Continue Reading →

Italica Tiles

Italica’s tiles are a lesson in the Greek and Roman Gods. And, after watching Percy Jackson Lightening Thief a thousand times (thanks to Niña), we could identify every single one of them. Medusa, pictured above, was a child pleaser —… Continue Reading →

Italica Amphitheatre

It’s not a famous amphitheatre like the Colosseum or Pozzuoli. It’s not even listed on the list of top Roman ruins — none from Spain are. However, because of this Italica is largely overlooked and is a peaceful few hours… Continue Reading →

Italica

To find Italica, you have to travel 12km outside of Sevilla to Santiponce. It’s rather difficult to find with rather sparse signage along the way. It’s a mere 3 euros to enter the site and worth every centavos. The city… Continue Reading →

The Alcázar of Seville

You could easily spend hours just wandering the Alcázar looking at intricate details, tiles, artefacts and architecture in this UNESCO World Heritage site. The buildings are vast, the grounds spacious, and it’s pretty easy to get lost amongst the various… Continue Reading →

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