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Heroes and Martyrs

Generally, I don’t like to visit military type museums… the glorification of war and violence isn’t something I find particularly interesting. Though I will say that war defines nations, peoples, and brings about progress and innovation at a fast pace…. Continue Reading →

Museo de Oro

Colombia is the mythical land of El Dorado, known to colonial European powers as the home of El Rey Dorado, the golden king of the Muisca people who covered his body with gold during his coronation and lived in a… Continue Reading →

MLK and the King Center

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” There’s hardly a person alive who hasn’t heard of Martin Luther King… Continue Reading →

Sutter’s Fort

We’ve seen that the Spanish settled in California… followed closely by the Russians… and how other colonial nations arrived to hunt for animal pelts… but the one thing I didn’t touch upon was the arrival of the Swiss. Yes. The… Continue Reading →

Return to Los Alcatraces

During my last visit to Alcatraz, I meandered the prison, did the audio tour, wandered the nature trail and looked at the birds. It took a few hours and I thought I had explored the whole island. Boy was I… Continue Reading →

Charles Schulz Museum

Just like with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse, you’d have to have lived under a rock for the last 50-years to not know Charles Schulz and the Peanuts. In fact, both cartoonists have very similar early lives. Both were born… Continue Reading →

The Meux Home

Located at the intersection of R and Tulare Streets, this Victorian house was built on land once considered the outskirts of a newly incorporated town named Fresno. The house was built and owned by Dr. Thomas Richard Meux, an army… Continue Reading →

Walt Disney Family Museum

Nestled in the heart of Presidio Park is one of the area’s more popular attractions: the Walt Disney Family Museum. We arrived at the park quite early in the morning (10am, which is considered early for SF) and there was… Continue Reading →

Memorial Day on the U.S.S. Hornet

Memorial Day in the United States (May 26th) is similar to Canada’s Remembrance Day where people take the time to remember those who died during war. But unlike Canada’s holiday, which started after World War I, the U.S. version dates… Continue Reading →

The House of the Seven Gables

It’s true that Salem attracts a lot of visitors who are interested in the town’s witchcraft history; but, there’s more to this place than what is actively promoted in marketing and tourist brochures. What’s most interesting to me is the… Continue Reading →

The Witch House and the Trials

I can’t really write about Salem and The Witch House without giving a general overview of witchcraft and how it fits into world history. Fear and persecution of witches have been around as long as there have people; and still… Continue Reading →

U.S.S. Constitution

The U.S.S. Constitution or Old Ironside as she is commonly known, was first launched into service in 1797 from the Charleston shipyard; but, unlike most (if not all) ships from this era, she is still an actively commissioned vessel in… Continue Reading →

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