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The Roman Colosseum Has a Twin in Tunisia: Discover the Amphitheater of El Jem, One of the Best-Preserved Roman Ruins in the World

Image via Wikimedia Commons When Rome conquered Carthage in the Third Punic War (149-146 BC), the Republic renamed the region Africa, for Afri, a word the Berbers used for local people in present-day Tunisia. (The Arabic word for the region was Ifriqiya.) Thereafter would the Roman Empire have a stronghold in North Africa: Carthage, the capital of the African Province under Julius and Augustus Caesar and their successors. The province thrived. Second only to the city of Carthage in the region, ...
Tags: Facebook, College, Africa, History, Rome, Architecture, Unesco, Algeria, Republic, Tunisia, Pompeii, Tunis, North Africa, Atlas Obscura, Jem, Carthage

Saving history: 3D laser scans preserve world heritage sites

To prevent the present from erasing the past, non-profit organizations are creating detailed 3D scans of famous monuments.Stored online and shared with researchers around the world, these digital copies will endure long after their real counterparts are gone. Occasionally, this work is incredibly dangerous.On the night of May 14, 1940, the German Luftwaffe bombed the Dutch city of Rotterdam. When government administrators entered the streets to tally their losses the next morning, they learned t...
Tags: England, Isis, London, Germany, Iraq, Syria, History, Afghanistan, Unesco, Taliban, Paris, Middle East, Innovation, Archaeology, Myanmar, Guatemala

Famed Tahoe ski resort Squaw Valley sheds ‘derogatory’ name

Calling it “the right thing to do,” Lake Tahoe’s legendary Squaw Valley ski resort on Monday announced it is dropping the “derogatory” name it’s held since 1949 in favor of a new one: Palisades Tahoe. The owners of the resort, which hosted the 1960 Winter Olympics, adopted the new name after a year’s worth of consultation with the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Serrell Smokey, chairman of the Washoe Tribal Council, expressed “great appreciation for this positive step forward.” “The Washo...
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Washington, Sports, California News, Sport, History, Things To Do, Soccer, Nevada, Washington Redskins, Lake Tahoe, Reno, Stanford University, Cleveland Indians

Tribute to Christo and Jeanne Claude

  In celebration of the upcoming Christo installation on the Arc de Triomphe, I am dedicating this post to Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude, who together created a worldwide art movement.   As I mentioned a few times before, I regularly take a power walk along the Seine. Last week I noticed an installation of a group of billboards commemorating the various art installations Christo and Jeanne Claude had created over many decades. After looking through them, I was astonished by their prod...
Tags: Travel, Outdoors, Japan, Florida, Events, History, Paris, Gardens, Parks, Central Park, Christo, Arc de Triomphe, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem, Jeanne Claude, Pont Neuf

360 Degree Virtual Tours of the Hagia Sophia

Last year, when Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdo?an announced that Hagia Sophia would be reconverted into a mosque, he assured a concerned UNESCO that changes to the 1,500-year-old former cathedral-turned-mosque would have “no negative impact” on its status as World Heritage Site. “A state must make sure that no modification undermines the outstanding universal value of a site listed on its territory,” the world body has said. Claims to the contrary notwithstanding, the “universal val...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, College, Turkey, History, Bbc, Architecture, Unesco, Khan Academy, Istanbul, Reuters, Sophia, Constantinople, Josh Jones, Hagia Sophia

Paris Rooftop Views: Tour Saint Jacques

I am christening a new photo series today, Rooftop Views. I have specifically chosen rooftop sites around Paris to take photos from. The first in the series is from Tour Saint Jacques, which is on the rue de Rivoli just by Chatelet.   The Saint Jacques Church was built at the end of the 12th century, funded in part by the butcher’s guild, and named Saint-Jacques de Boucherie/the church of the butchers. The old tower was replaced and rebuilt in 1522 and during the French Revolution the chu...
Tags: Travel, History, Architecture, Paris, Jacques, Châtelet, Richard Nahem, rue de Rivoli, Paris Rooftop Views, Jacques Church

what i'm reading: you could look it up: the reference shelf from ancient babylon to wikipedia

This must be the book-nerd-iest post ever, and unless books are your profession, possibly the biggest book geek-out you'll ever read. And I'm proud to bring it to you.You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Ancient Babylon to Wikipedia, by Jack Lynch, is a joy to read, endlessly fascinating, and for aficionados of books or history, extremely entertaining. YCLIU is organized in short chapters, each highlighting two related, contrasted, works of reference. Between the small chapters are e...
Tags: Travel, Wikipedia, India, Merck, History, Catholic Church, Johnson, Shakespeare, James, Allan, Aristotle, Adam Smith, Murray, Rutgers University, Lynch, Samuel Johnson

Loire Valley Château Week: Chateau La Ferté-Saint-Aubin

I am ending this series of Loire chateaux with La Ferté-Saint-Aubin. It’s my favorite of the three, not so much because of the chateau itself, although it’s beautiful, but because of the young, energetic owner, Lancelot Guyot (is that not the perfect name for an owner of a 17th century chateau?).   Before I say more about Lancelot, here’s a brief history of the chateau. Although there is a history of the family from the Middle Ages, the current chateau was constructed in the late 17th cen...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, History, Architecture, Louis XIV, Lancelot, Michel, Aubin, Richard Nahem, Loire Valley Château Week, Lancelot Guyot, Henri de Saint Nectaire, Jacques Guyot, Lancelot May, Chateau La Ferté Saint Aubin

Loire Valley Château Week : Château de Villesavin

Continuing with Loire Valley Château Week, today I am writing about Château de Villesavin, which is located on the Sologne region of the Loire on the Beuvron River. Originally a manor house was constructed on the site in the 14th century, but the present-day building was built by Jean La Breton, Lord of Villandry, (he also owned Chateau Villandry) who was the finance minister under the reign of King Francois I. Breton oversaw the construction of the extravagant Chateau de Chambord and taking ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, France, History, Architecture, Loire Valley, Loire, Lars, Richard Nahem, Loire Valley Château Week, Beuvron River, Jean La Breton Lord of Villandry, Francois I Breton, Véronique de Sparre, Marriage Museum, Château de Villesavin

a childhood book and a dream for humanity: in henry's backyard (1948)

When I was a child, my family had a book called In Henry's Backyard. My siblings and I read it repeatedly. The book tells the story of a man who learns that all the "races of man" are equal.Over many years and decades, my brother has mentioned this book, an artifact from our youth. With the advent of the internet, I was able to suggest a few sites where he might be able to find a copy of In Henry's Backyard. And he did.During our recent vacation, hanging out on the deck of my brother and siste...
Tags: Travel, History, Labour, Children's Books, Backyard, Henry, George, Julie, UAW, Walter Reuther, What I'm Reading, Bigotry, Laura K, Jean Craighead George George

Historic Summit Inn: Best Mountain Sunset Views in PA!

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Tags: Travel, History, Architecture, USA: Pennsylvania

Murals of Glasgow

Glasgow: it is a city known for its industrial past and commercial present, to be sure.It is also a city of murals. Overseas visitors often pass the city by in their haste to get to the scenic Highlands, or to what they perceive as city more dedicated to the arts, Edinburgh. Yet… There is art of all sorts, all around in Glasgow. There is quite lot of it, in fact, to be found on the city’s... Read the whole entry... »        Related Stories York Minster: 3 Surprises in Stained GlassCharacte...
Tags: Travel, Art, Scotland, History, Creativity, Ireland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Street Art, Public Art, Highlands, Europe Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Kerry Projects, Murals, Art and Art Museums

You can see exactly where your hometown would have been while dinosaurs were on Earth using this digital globe

When the first dinosaurs began roaming Earth 220 million years ago, New York City was far closer to Morocco than it is today. NASA A digital globe makes it possible to see where your hometown would have been 750 million years ago. Scientist Ian Webster was the brains behind the digital globe. The globe shows how much change Earth has experienced over hundreds of millions of years. See more stories on Insider's business page. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. While 750 million year...
Tags: Travel, Education, Germany, New York City, Africa, International, Trends, History, Nasa, Earth, Morocco, South America, Dinosaur, North America, Nordic, Pangaea

Loch Leven, Scotland: Mystery, History, Nature

When it comes to lochs in Scotland You may know a bit about Loch Ness and the many theories concerning its mysterious monster You likely have heard or sung or played the song about Loch Lomond Do you know about Loch Leven though? It is a place of nature and history, and there several songs to do with Loch Leven, as well. … and there are two lochs named Loch Leven, one near Kinross, and the... Read the whole entry... »        Related Stories Northwest Highlands Geopark, ScotlandCharacter in ...
Tags: Travel, Scotland, Trees, History, Nature, Birds, World Music, Europe Travel, Kerry Projects, Loch Ness, Parks And Preserves, Loch Lomond, Kinross, Loch Leven, Mary Queen of Scots, Lochaber

what i'm reading: the heartbeat of wounded knee: native america from 1890 to the present

  The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is a fascinating nonfiction. Part hidden history, part contemporary journalism, plus a dash of personal memoir, this ambitious book offers a new perspective on the Indigenous peoples of North America, in both the past and the present.  Historian and journalist David Treuer, who is Ojibwe, has dug deep into a misunderstood past, and surveyed a nuanced present, to create an important narrative that will be new to most readers.  * * * * The book that is ec...
Tags: Travel, Minnesota, Washington Post, Senate, US, America, History, United States, Iowa, Jimmy Carter, Wisconsin, Indigenous Peoples, Michigan, North America, Indians, Ojibwe

"at your library" in the north island eagle: the library celebrates national indigenous people's month

Still catching up on posting my columns.The recent horrific discovery in Kamloops of the remains of 215 Indigenous children, buried in an unmarked mass grave, brought home the horrors of the Residential School system. Many people in North Island communities may be retraumatized by this news, and those who are not directly impacted may still experience profound grief, anger, and sorrow. I know I personally have, and still do.This chilling news came on the eve of National Indigenous People’s Histo...
Tags: Travel, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, North Island, Kamloops, Langlois, Port Hardy, Laura K, Becoming A Librarian, VIRL, Gwa sala Nakwaxda xw School, At Your Library" Column, National Indigenous History Month, National Indigenous People 's History Month NIPHM, VIRL NIPHM

Take the High Road To Taos

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Tags: Travel, History, Culture, United States, New Mexico, North America, Destinations, Southwest, Boomer Road Trips, Taos


There is a newly opened museum in Paris called the Hotel de la Marine. It once housed the extra furniture of Louis XIV but changed when the king moved to Versailles. The Germans occupied it when entrenched in Paris during WWII and then it was occupied by the Naval Ministry until now. It has a gorgeous interior, most of the art work is the building itself as well as furniture of former occupants but there is art of former French military men. I really enjoyed my visit there. The lovely entra...
Tags: Travel, Photos, History, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Versailles, Interior, Louis XIV, Terrace, Arhchitecture, Hotel de la Marine, Naval Ministry

The Conspiracy Behind the Iconic Statue, the Venus de Milo

The Venus de Milo is one of art’s most widely recognized female forms. The Mona Lisa may be the first stop on many Louvre visitors’ agendas, but Venus, by virtue of being unclothed, sculptural, and prominently displayed, lends herself beautifully to all manner of souvenirs, both respectful and profane. Delacroix, Magritte, Dali, and The Simpsons have all paid tribute, ensuring her continued renown. Renoir is that rare bird who was impervious to her 6’7” charms, describing her a...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, Greece, College, France, History, David, Vatican, Hercules, Mars, Hermès, Vox, Venus, Napoleon, Louvre

thoughts on not celebrating canada day #cancelcanadaday

If it wasn't clear why we should not be celebrating Canada Day this year, by now it should be. Three days after the discovery of 215 skeletons of children were found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, the remains of approximately 750 adults and children in unmarked graves have been found near a similar site in Saskatchewan. A few days later, the remains of 182 people were found at the location of another residential school, in Cranbrook, BC. There are undoubt...
Tags: Travel, Human Rights, Guantanamo Bay, History, Canada, Indigenous Peoples, Nazi, Saskatchewan, Don, Kamloops, Cranbrook, Laura K, Canadian Culture

What You Don’t Know About Soweto, South Africa

Nelson Mandela's incredible life is inextricably linked to events that took place in Soweto in South Africa. Accordingly, you'll find a well signposted Madiba Heritage Trail around the key landmarks in Johannesburg. But what about the rest of Soweto? What is it like to visit this neighbourhood today? Originally from Inside the Travel Lab.
Tags: Travel, Africa, History, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, Johannesburg, Soweto, Soweto South Africa, Madiba Heritage Trail

what i'm reading: the cold millions by jess walter

There is an accepted wisdom that socialism and communism failed, and capitalism prevailed, because the former is bad, and the latter is good. That humankind rejected socialism and embraced capitalism, because socialism is unnatural and unsustainable, and capitalism reflects the natural human condition.This accepted wisdom, like so many others, is a lie. Jess Walter's novel The Cold Millions illustrates a slice of the truth that counters that lie. This excellent historical fiction illuminates o...
Tags: Travel, History, United States, Labour, Idaho, Socialism, Seattle, New England, Walter, Spokane, Flynn, Spokane Washington, Wobblies, What I'm Reading, IWW, Laura K

How Radical Gardeners Took Back New York City

New Yorkers’ relationship to New York City community gardens is largely informed by how long we’ve lived here. Do you remember the 60s, when a fiscal crisis and white flight resulted in thousands of vacant lots and abandoned buildings in low income neighborhoods? Activists like Hattie Carthan and Liz Christy sprung from such soil, creating youth programs, hauling away debris, and putting constant pressure on elected officials to transform those urban wastelands into green oases. Verd...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, College, New York City, Environment, History, Nature, Brooklyn, Vox, Stuyvesant, Rudy Giuliani, Christy, East Harlem, New York City New York City, Ayun Halliday, Hattie Carthan

Dadar Parsi Colony: Cherishing the Bombay that was

Inflatable pools, barbecues, open backyards…this is how architect Rooshad Shroff recalls the better part of his childhood spent with his parents in the Dadar Parsi colony. With the endless lockdowns, he realises how deeply he misses this oasis of bliss in the heart of Mumbai. “I certainly took the greenery for granted. You simply can’t beat it. There are almost fifteen beautiful gardens organically woven into the layout of the colony,” says Shroff. Article by Arman Khan |
Tags: Life, India, History, Unesco, Heritage, Mumbai, Alice, Bombay, Parsi, Bandra, Alberta Park, Dadar Parsi Colony, Shroff, Rustom Tirandaz, Five Gardens, Mancherji Edulji Joshi

bearing witness: 215 tiny skeletons speak to us. canadians must listen.

The discovery, last week, of the remains of 215 children on the site of a former Indian Residential School has sent shock waves through Canada, especially through this province, where the gruesome evidence was found.  The skeletons of the children, some seemingly as young as three years old, were in an unmarked mass grave. For survivors of residential schools, this has almost certainly brought retraumatization, and profound grief and sorrow throughout their communities. For many of us not dire...
Tags: Travel, History, First Nations, Canada, United States, United Nations, Amnesty International, Indigenous Peoples, NHL, North America, British Columbia, Irs, Columbia, Auschwitz, MLA, Kamloops

what i'm reading: the skin we're in by desmond cole

Alternative title: It Happens in Canada, Too.Desmond Cole's book, The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power may be a difficult book for white Canadians to read. That's exactly why they should read it. Cole documents events most Canadians would call "US-style" racism -- except they all take place in Canada. He uncovers historical anti-Black bias in Canada's immigration policies, ongoing anti-Black racism in its public schools, racism embedded in false historical narratives, and raci...
Tags: Travel, New York City, US, America, History, Canada, United States, North America, Ku Klux Klan, Henry, Underground Railroad, Howard Zinn, What I'm Reading, Bigotry, Laura K, Canadian Culture

Rick Steves Tells the Story of Fascism’s Rise & Fall in Germany

“Healthy, vigorous, respectable: everyone’s favorite uncle.” How many of us hear these words and think of that most beloved of all American travel-television personalities, Rick Steves? Indeed, in the video above they’re spoken by Steves, though to describe a figure very different from himself: Adolf Hitler, who convinced his people not to tour Europe but to invade it, sparking the deadliest conflict of all time. How and why this happened has been a historical question written about perh...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Politics, Television, College, Germany, Berlin, America, History, Poland, Nuremberg, Hitler, Seoul, Adolf Hitler, Rick Steves

what i'm reading: sometimes you have to lie: the life and times of louise fitzhugh, renegade author of harriet the spy

Until very recently, I didn't know anything about Louise Fitzhugh and had not thought about her at all.  Of course, as a child I read and loved Harriet the Spy, Fitzhugh's iconic and groundbreaking children's book. For a good portion of my life, I dreamed of writing a similar book. Many years ago, when I started writing serial fiction for a children's magazine, I bought a handful of tween books to re-read, and Harriet was among them. But I knew nothing about its author. On my birthday la...
Tags: Travel, New York City, History, Vietnam, Children's Books, Harriet, Louise, Louise Fitzhugh, Brody, What I'm Reading, Laura K, Fitzhugh, Lgbt Stuff, Books About Books, Times of Louise Fitzhugh Renegade, Leslie Brody

what i'm reading: the sword and the shield: the revolutionary lives of malcolm x and martin luther king jr.

When I read a review of The Sword and The Shield: the Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., I knew it was a book I'd been waiting for someone to write.  I despise the way Martin Luther King, Jr. has been sanitized and diluted for public consumption. The version of King that is widely celebrated is a pile of sentimental goo that the real King would not have recognized, let alone endorsed. King's radical legacy is reduced to a kind of bland "why can't we all just get alo...
Tags: Travel, Activism, Southeast Asia, US, History, United States, Selma, Socialism, Islam, United, King, Martin Luther King Jr, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Malcolm X, Martin, Joseph

The Fragrance of Faith: Tracking Down That Old Church Smell

The "smell of old churches" is that musty yet perfumed scent that is as much a part of Rome's allure as the city's ruins and restaurants.
Tags: Travel, Living, Shopping, Religion, History, Rome, Saints, Puglia, Featured Articles, Churches And Basilicas

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