Summer Road Trip: Historical Attractions in Connecticut

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 18, 2013

Dinosaur State Park, Connecticut

A summer road trip to Connecticut can provide a way to get in touch with our country’s history, a trip back in time to look at the home of one of America’s most famous novelists, an interactive museum exploring 11,000 years of Native American history, colonial homes that date to the early 1600s, and plenty […]


Planning a Vacation in Britain

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 23, 2013

Planning a vacation in Britain can be daunting for even the most veteran travelers. Most vacations in  Britain start in London, which is not only a political hub, but is also well known for its powerful world influence on fashion, entertainment, and the arts. In the midst of the trendy and hip, however, London is […]


Sightseeing in Tokyo: Taking a City Tour

by Mary Jo Manzanares on October 31, 2012

Downtown Tokyo at night

In a city as large and diverse as Tokyo, I knew I’d be overwhelmed without a city tour to help me get my bearings.  I needed to get to know the layout of the city and I needed more than the maps could provide me.  I had a long list of sights to see in […]


Pantheon: History in Paris

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 20, 2012

Pantheon Paris history

The Paris Pantheon is a neo-classical church in the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement) of Paris that was modeled after the Pantheon in Rome.  With a dome similar to the one on St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Pantheon was originally an abbey , but today serves as a glimpse of history as the burial place […]

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Savannah, Georgia: History Around Every Corner

by Jenni Ingersoll on August 15, 2012

When it comes to historical cities, there are some places, like Philadelphia, that look historical.  Then there are other places, like Washington, DC, that are rich in history because of the past that it holds.   In Savannah, Georgia,  I could not only visit and see the historical sites, but I could actually feel the past that surrounded me. […]


The coastal town of Pensacola, Florida, is home to the National Naval Aviation Museum located on the Naval Air Station Pensacola.  The facility is dedicated to showcasing naval, marine, and coast guard aviation exhibits.  The museum facility includes the two-story main museum, the recently opened expansion known as Hangar Bay One, and the outdoor Flight […]


Photo Essay: The Vatican Museum, Italy

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 18, 2012

Double helix stairs at Vatican Museum, Italy

Many of the visitors to Vatican City aren’t Catholic, or even religious at all.  They’re drawn to this small city/state out of an interest in history, politics, and art.  And if you’re keeping track of the countries you visit, this walled city/state located entirely within the city of Rome, counts. Religion does play a part […]

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Granada: Echoes of the Moors

by Susan McKee on April 10, 2012

Like countless visitors to southern Spain before me, I stood next to the Alhambra, spread out on the plateau rising above the modern city of Granada, listening for whispers from the ghosts of centuries past.  Looking out over the rooftops of the town, I could see the Sierra Nevada mountains in the distance, still snowcapped […]


Concrete typically doesn’t excite me, but when I’m in Las Vegas all bets are off. There’s nothing unusual about the concrete in Sin City, it’s all around you.  But for an equally impressive look at concrete head out to Hoover Dam, about 30 minutes away.  This National Historic Landmark has nary a neon light or […]


Savannah: Birthplace of the Girl Scouts

by Jenni Ingersoll on March 2, 2012

Having been first a Brownie and then a Girl Scout, I was familiar with the name Juliette Gordon Low.  She is, after all, the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.  Yet, I really knew nothing about the creative woman or her dynamic family history.  That is until a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, the […]