The Black Death in the Italian Peninsula

The Black Death in the Italian Peninsula

The Black Death was a pandemic that swept across the Eurasian landmass devastating the populations along the way. In Italy, the plague resulted in a human tragedy that transformed the region in ways that could not be anticipated. The Black Death arrived in the Italian...

Travel Dreams

Thinking of London, as I do when I look at the header image on the home page, I'm transported back to the front seat on the late night double decker bus, straining to see just a few more sights through rain spotted windows as we speed towards our lodgings. London...

Thoughts on Brussels

Our first trip to Brussels was a memorable experience. We arrived via the Eurostar from London, and after a quick 15 minute walk, met up with our Airbnb host who promptly showed us around his magnificent apartment. A place so quaint that I would later write in my...

Myanmar Takes a Step Towards Democracy

Something historical is happening in Southeast Asia, and I wonder how many of us in the west have noticed? By us I mean the typical westerner going about their daily lives concerned with only the things they see and encounter around them -- what affects them....

2015 State Fair of Texas

Monday morning, and my foot hurts. Well, both of them do really. The left one has bothered me for some time, but has been much better over the past month or so, until yesterday. And yet I don't mind. Why? My family and I spent the day at the State Fair of Texas, and...

12 Cool Places in Canada’s North

For many Canadians, and many people in general, the north is not their first choice when considering a vacation destination. The cold, dark, long winters cause us to dream of far away, exotic places that are warm, and probably within walking distance of a sandy beach,...

Visit Svalbard

One of the northernmost inhabited areas in the world, Svalbard is a Norwegian territory known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra that's home to polar bears, reindeer, and Arctic foxes. The Northern Lights are spectacular in the winter and...