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Dubai By Night

Dubai By Night For all that I have occasional qualms about Dubai, I have to admit that a lot of my misgivings seem to fade away once the sun goes down. What sometimes seems hasty and ahistorical by day takes on a new sheen by night in a sort of ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ move. … Continue reading »

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Taking a Ride on the MuseumPlein

Amsterdam’s MuseumPlein Every good city should have a thriving green heart, an outdoor space were people can gather and frolic and maybe even pretend for a moment that they’re surrounded by trees. Amsterdam, to its immense credit, has these in spades. East Park and West Park and the Amsterdam Forest and seemingly a hundred more. … Continue reading »

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Bussing Through Beemster

After the preponderance of windmills in the rest of the country and the Dutch pride for the polder system of reclaimed land salvaged from the seas, it was with some trepidation that I set out for the heartland of Dutch Polder Fever: Beemster. I was on a bus tour to the village of Alkmaar and … Continue reading »

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Going a little too Dutch!

Windmills of Zaanse Schaans You know what gets me about the Netherlands? They’re just SO DUTCH! Take the windmills thing, for example. Ok guys, we get. You’re master engineers, able to raise the polders out of the very seas themselves and convert them into useable land. There’re what, 24 main polders across the country? That’s … Continue reading »

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…and I will go to Texas.

“A gentleman from Nacogdoches, in Texas, informs us, that, whilst there, he dined in public with col. Crockett, who had just arrived from Tennessee. The old bear-hunter, on being toasted, made a speech to the Texians, replete with his usual dry humor. He began nearly in this style: “I am told, gentlemen, that, when a … Continue reading »

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Ancient Athens – Acropolis, Agora, and More-a!

Athens Acropolis and Ancient Agora Believe it or not, there IS more to Ancient Athens than just the Parthenon and Acropolis. I know, right? Some of those places, like the Ancient Agora, are included (and enumerated) on the same ticket as that of the Acropolis. The Temple of Olympian Zeus, too, is just down the … Continue reading »

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Port of the Conquerers

Stop and think for a moment about all the civilizations who have controlled the harbor city of Chania: – Minoans, one of the first major civilizations in Europe. – Byzantine. – Ancient Venetians. – Ottoman Turks. – Cretean self-rule. – Royal Greece. – Nazi Germany. – Modern Greece. This should go a long way, then, … Continue reading »

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In the Garden of Statues.

I know I mentioned this when I was talking about the Fort Worth Stockyards, but I was really pleasantly surprised by Dallas/Fort-Worth. Not only was the area sort of culturally-interesting (see: Stockyards) but there was also a bit of Culture to be found. I think Joanna, my host in Dallas and friend from college, had … Continue reading »

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