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Tomb of the Unknown Slave

Road Trip: Tomb of the Unknown Slave (Louisiana)

  It is unsurprising to find such a monument in New Orleans; not because it was home to slavery, because this no more true than any of the other southern states. It is because New Orleans probably had one of the most unique relationships with slavery.  Yes, it had slavery in exactly the way one might expect; […]

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Road Trip: A Slave’s Life

I wonder how many people have tried to imagine what a life of slavery must have been like. I have been confronted with slavery on numerous occasion, if you have read my other post you will remember that the most visceral for me was my visit to  Ghana. But even before I started blogging I […]

Oak Alley Plantation

Road Trip: Oak Alley Plantation (Louisiana)

  So once I got over the shock of looking at such beautiful places built on the back of slavery. I was able to once again get lost in the beauty of these amazing plantations. By far the one I was looking the most forward to seeing was Oak Alley Plantation, named after the row of […]

Evergreen Plantation

Road Tripping: Back to the Plantation (Louisiana)

The day was dreary, which I guess was befitting the mood of finding oneself going back to the plantation.  I sound like a runaway, but I was actually running towards the  plantation, several in fact.  The south has many antebellum mansions restored to their former glory. It is often a favorite pastime of Americans to […]

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Road Tripping: Chasing Liberty (AL)

One of the pleasures of driving to a destination, as opposed to flying, is that there are a myriad of opportunities to stop and see what life has to offer along the way. So it was in this spirit that I found myself in Birmingham Alabama. I planned to spend a few hours in Birmingham, […]

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St Louis Cemetary #1 (LA)

I stumbled upon the cemetery in New Orleans. I had no plans to search one out. I tend to not like the morbid, but once I found one I couldn’t not go in… It was creepy, even in broad daylight! It is surrounded by high walls, to keep people out (or in), and has iron […]

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The Big Easy (New Orleans, LA)

I could easily spend a months worth of post talking about New Orleans, it probably has the most colorful past of any American city, but I will condense my thoughts on New Orleans into a post (or a few). These are my impressions… New Orleans has secrets, not the garden variety kind found in other parts […]

Mission San Juan

On Getting Religion- Tx Style (pt 3)

So I really didn’t spend that much time in Texas, just a few days actually. I really didn’t anticipate spending this much time blogging about it, but how do you condense so many experiences into just a few words and pictures. Well I think I said all that I was intending to say (mostly :) […]

San Jose Mission

On Getting Religion – TX-Style (pt2)

So about that A/C… Texas was hot as hades and it was only March. I had just left Columbus (OH) and it was still below freezing, with snow on the ground. So to show up in Texas and be welcomed by 90+ degree heat was painful; I was completely unprepared. I had on jeans and […]

Mission Concepcion

On Getting Religion TX-Style (pt 1)

So it’s no secret the south is a pretty religious part of the country; they don’t call it the Bible belt for nothing! So Texas was probably as good a place as any to find religion. I am not talking about finding God (He’s been a part of my life for a lot of years). […]

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Americas National Parks

“Leave it as it is. Man can do nothing to improve upon it.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt     This country is gloriously beautiful. What America lacks in age it makes up for in natural beauty. The most amazing thing for me was how the discovery of the vast beauty native to the United […]

You can see all that remains of the limestone cap at the top of this pyramid.

Egypt At Last…

“The people and the cultures of what is known as Africa are older than the  word ‘Africa.’ According to most records, old and new, Africans are the oldest  people on the face of the earth. The people now called Africans not only influenced the Greeks and the Romans, they influenced the early world before there […]

Street Art - Palestinian side of the Border
To Exist is to Resist

Holy Land in a Day (part 2)

The second part of our day started at the border crossing into Jerusalem.  As we approached the gate our Israeli guide exited the bus, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  It was then that I noticed the sign prohibiting him from entering Palestine. It was a weird thing to approach something so blatant. It made me […]

In the Garden of Gethsemane

Holy Land in a Day…(Israel)

So I am going to admit something: I have never had any interest in going to the Holy Land. I blame my uncle who told me about bathrooms without toilets and peeing in holes in the floor and that was enough information to know that I didn’t have to ever go there. I am sure real travelers […]

Blue Mosque at Sunset

The Blue Mosque (Turkey)

The Blue Mosque was built in the early 1600’s by Sultan Ahmed I on the site that the palaces of the Byzantine Emperors used to occupy. These palaces were demolished to make room for the mosque, which is a little unbelievable to me as people now wouldn’t dream of destroying a monument to build something else. Can […]

Olympus - Home of the gods

Picture This…Athens (Greece)

“We Greeks are the lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our taste…” – Thucydides A Day of Exploring: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών (The Acropolis)       The Acropolis was constructed sometime after the 5th century BC, which amazes me that there are things this old still surviving today. Being a coastal city Athens got a lot […]

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle (Ghana)

It is incomprehensible for me to imagine that at one point the color of my skin was the only criteria used to determine my future. If I were writing this 200 years ago I would be chattel, little more than a beast of burden; I can’t even imagine. I have visited various sites in North America […]

Marblehead Lighthouse

Road Trip: The Lighthouses of Ohio

With my time in Ohio coming to a close I decided to actually start making a dent in the Ohio bucket list. Okay, I had to create the list first, but at the top of the list was to see the lighthouses along the coast of the great lakes. There are 20 odd lighthouses in Ohio off the […]

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