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A Bit of Medieval Norway in South Dakota

stavkirke

The Borgund Stavkirke, located near Laerdal Norway, was built about 1150 AD.  In 1969, Americans of Norwegian immigrant descent created an exact replica in Rapid City, South Dakota.  They had the permission and architectural plans supplied by the Norwegian government and the help of a master carver in Norway. The […]

Simple Summer Pleasures

peaches

Sometimes the simple pleasures of summer can be the most fun (and delicious!).  We love to pick fruit and vegetables from farms we encounter on our summer travels.  Children seem to think fruit is even more delicious if they have picked it themselves. This summer we did a lot of […]

The Solitary and Silent Road of Penitence

a cell block at eastern penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) in Philadelphia was the world’s first penitentiary – a place for wrongdoers to achieve penitence for their sins, as opposed to prisons which just punished its inmates.  Operational from 1829 to 1979, it was based on Quaker principles of punishment, atonement and (radically for that time) […]

From Sea to Shining Sea

falmouth church

The Shining Sea Bikeway is a cycle path on Upper Cape Cod.  The bikeway runs from the fishing village of Woods Hole to the village of North Falmouth for a little over 10 miles following the path of now-defunct rail trail.  It’s an easy and scenic bike path which my […]

Another Concrete Section in the Wall

fragment of the berlin wall

The Berlin Wall went up early on a Sunday morning  on the 13th of August 1961 while most Berliners were still sleeping.  The military and some forced-into-volunteering people started demolishing the streets and installing the beginnings of a wall with concrete breeze blocks.  The wall cut through apartment buildings, cemeteries, […]

Funky Cool Marrakech Medina

souks selling lamps

Marrakech has the largest collection of souks in Morocco which are justly famous for their exotic wares.  The souks were traditionally (and still are) separated according to the items being made and sold, for example,  leather goods, slippers, spices, jewellery or lighting.   Craftsman work in the areas where the […]

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