"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Detroit Riprap

    Our destination Friday evening was the North Pole. We left the depot in Bryson City, North Carolina promptly at 5 PM aboard the Polar Express and settled into our booths in the first class car dubbed Carolina Shine. We shared the car with other families also eager to get to the North Pole…

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A Sanctuary by the Sea

“We must build a tower here. We need that tower. I want to make a place for bats to roost and breed. In San Marcos, Texas south of Austin where I grew up they built towers to attract bats and exterminate the malarial mosquitoes.”                       …

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“The Lion of Lansing”

First off, I probably have some explaining to do. No, we didn’t fly to Michigan straight from Yerevan, Armenia. We stopped in SC for a few nights first. We came to Michigan to attend a seminar series at Hillsdale College on the history and controversies of the United States Intelligence agencies. I’ll be honest, when…

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Georgia on My Mind (Azerbaijan and Armenia, Too)

Another epic journey has come to a close and we are awaiting our homebound flight in yet another airport lounge. We are the last of our little group to leave Armenia so we have had the day free, which has given us plenty of time to talk about what we have seen and learned over…

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Ararat and the Ark

                         On the seventeenth day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. ~~Genesis 8:4   Mount Ararat, in the Eastern Anatolian Region of Turkey, is revered by Armenians the world over as sacred and as the site…

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The Slaughter You Know Next to Nothing About

April 24, 1915 was a very dark day for the Armenians of what is today eastern Turkey. There had been rising resentment of the Christian Armenians by the Young Turk government before and during World War I. For centuries, the Christian Armenians had been part of the Ottoman Empire inhabiting Eastern Anatolia. The Armenians had…

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The Birthplace of Wine

  The wine world has definitely acknowledged that Georgia is the official birthplace of wine, so we were quite excited to get to the epicenter of viniculture in this fascinating country. The region of Kakheti is ground zero for Georgia’s industry, so a visit to that region was imperative. The road to Kakheti was flanked…

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