Monthly Archives: November 2010

Essential Travel Experience #54 – Marvel at Mountains

     Mountains have always captured our imaginations. Their apparent motion skyward, reaching higher and higher has become a metaphor for our own ambitions. We think of scaling a mountain as a momentous achievement. The climb is an epic journey like … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #53 – Take in a Lake or Two

   Lakes, although not as dramatic as oceans with their sounds and movements, may be more scenic and downright beautiful. Because they are surrounded by land, they incorporate the background scenery, often creating a lovely picture.    Some lakes, often … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #52 – Stroll through a City Park

      Green areas within a city have become fairly common. Leaders realize how important it is to be able to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. These escapes allow residents, and tourists as well, to find some quiet … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #51 – Check Out Seats of Government

    Because they are symbols of a country/state/city, government buildings are often very impressive structures. Frequently, they are Classical in design with columns and domes. They are often marble or polished stone and usually make a great appearance. Incidentally, I … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #50 – Spend a Day at a Beach

   Beaches are some of the world’s most popular outdoor locations. They are fun for all ages. Some just sit and read; some seriously tan; some swim and otherwise frolic in the waves; and some build sand castles. Whatever your particular … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #49 – Gather around a Fountain

    There is something mystical about water. We are fascinated by waterfalls (see ETE #29); we love to relax by the ocean shore, listening to the waves lapping at the beach or rocks; we can sit by a river or … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #48 – Visit a Wat or a Temple

This post is primarily focused on Buddhism, and the sacred buildings associated with that religion. However, as I thought about the topic, I realized that there are other buildings known as “temples” which are not Buddhist shrines. Some of these … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #47 – Visit a Mosque

    Although world opinion about Muslims has dramatically changed since September 11, 2001, no one can deny that this is one of the world’s great religions. Islam dates to approximately 1000 AD, so it has certainly survived for a considerable … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #46 – Walk the Narrow Streets of a Medieval Village

   Europe is wonderful! All over the continent there are well-preserved villages with narrow, cobblestone streets and a delightful feeling that you have entered a time capsule and emerged in Medieval times. Even though many of Europe’s cities are loaded … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #45 – Visit the US Military Academies

      Some military officers in the United States are prepared in service-specific academies, in lieu of a traditional college. These academies are well-respected higher education institutions, and they graduate some of the finest men and women this country can produce. … Continue reading

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