7 posts tagged travel

History Outside the Page

If you've ever been to a zoo, you know how cool and amazing it is to learn about animals by watching them instead of only reading about them. But when you're out hiking in the woods and happen to spot a bear lumbering down his own path, nosing around a bush full of berries, not even twenty feet from you ... Well, that'll get your heart racing! Did you know that history is the same way? Most people know that if you want to see history, a museum is a good place to go. But even better is when you ...

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Deja vu Lions

History has this uncanny way of popping up all over the place. A while back, I was able to visit the Istanbul Archaeology Museum in Turkey. It was an incredible place for a writer who loves inspecting ancient artifacts. For the first time, I got to stand next to one of the famous "striding lions" that had been part of a Processional Way in what was once the city of ancient Babylon. Some 2600 years ago, there were about 120 such lions that guarded the way through the city. There I was, looking ...

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Photo of the Day: Albuquerque

Recently, I made a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The landscape throughout the area seemed to change everywhere I went, which was crazy impressive! I'll post some of the photos I took for you to see.   Some areas of Albuquerque offered amazing views of the rest of the city and the mountains.   Albuquerque used to be (and, in some ways, still is) a bustling train hub. Some of the old train yards are no longer used as a main hub, so now "The Yards" employs itself as a cool spot for ...

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It’s Greek to Me: Athens

In The Minotaur Riddle, Arthur Grey gets to visit the city of Athens. This city in Greece has been around for thousands of years and you'll find a lot of evidence of this. The Panathenaic Stadium was used for Olympic games as far back as 330 BC! It's been renovated over the centuries and was used for the modern Olympics that Greece hosted in the 1800s and again in 2004. The Parthenon is a site famous the world over. It's suffered a lot over the centuries and had pieces taken away to museums ...

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Fauns? Oh, bee-hive!

Besides lions, there are plenty of other amazing sights to see around Greece. One is the ancient and NOT reconstructed beehive tomb that might've belonged to King Agamemnon. This round tomb has a huge stone above the doorway and no one knows how the builders got it there when it weighs about as much as a 747 airplane! The next photo is not ancient, but it's still cool. In one hotel I stayed, they had a chess set with fauns, centaurs, and gods as the pieces. And they knew how awesome this set ...

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No lions here…?

Since the latest Arthur Grey book takes us to the Mediterranean, I thought it'd be cool to focus my posts on my own trip there. On a tour I took, the guide assured us that there are no lions in Greece and there probably never have been. But strangely enough, lions are very present in the ancient artwork there. Besides the numerous lion statues and art I saw in the museums in Greece, I saw quite a few silent lions out on my wanderings. The Lion Fountain in Heraklion has lions featured promin...

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It’s Greek to Me: 9 ways to say what you mean in Greek

The great thing about speaking English is that most non-English countries make it a point to learn English. So you never feel like you need to learn a different language when you travel. We’re rather spoiled that way. But I try to learn some important vocabulary when I go to a country that has its own language. I’m pretty nerdy in that I made my own little booklet of Greek words. The people of Greece are very friendly and proud of their history and culture (and a long and complex history it ...

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