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New Brunswick’s Colors of Acadian History

New Brunswick’s Colors of Acadian History

Along the Acadian coast, in Eastern New Brunswick, Canada, sits a national treasure. It’s the Village Historique Acadien – Acadian Historical Village (VHA). Located a few miles east of Caraquet, the VHA is a living history museum, one that portrays the lives of Acadians from 1770-1949. The Acadians were the very first French settlers in North America, but there was a horrible deportation policy, called the Grand Derangement, that exiled them elsewhere (including to Louisiana – they’re now called Cajuns there), and marginalized the ones that were left. Acadians are proud of their history, of keeping culture and tradition together despite all odds. It’s important to learn both their cultural and practical histories. At VHA, there are over 40 historical buildings, plenty of fresh air and walking paths, and my favorite part, costumed interpreters. These actors bring the past to life, in living color. Take a look at some of the colors of this rich Acadian history…   Have you visited the Acadian Historical Village? What was your favorite part?...

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Posted by in Architectural Travel, Destinations, Italy, Museums | 16 comments

5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin, Italy

5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin, Italy

This week I have a guest article from Diana Zahuranec, an expat living in Turin. Since I’m a big fan of interesting architecture, when Diana proposed this article I immediately said yes. In just a few weeks time I’ll be in Turin for the first time. Can’t wait to meet up with Diana and see for myself the amazing architecture of Turin.   5 Unusual and Eye-Catching Buildings in Turin Turin is known for its rich collection of Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Its tree-lined boulevards, miles of arcades, and royal castles make the one-time capital of Italy one of the most elegant and unique cities in Italy. But forget Baroque masterpieces and ancient Roman city quarters — today, we’re going to look at buildings that break the mold. From famous landmarks, to off the beaten track, here are five unique and eye-catching buildings to see in Turin.  Casa Scaccabarozzi Via Giulia di Barolo, 9   Let’s start small. The Torinese affectionately call the Scaccabarozzi House...

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Posted by in Accommodations, Cultural Exploration, Destinations, Museums, Texas, USA, Wine Travel | 33 comments

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

36 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas: Willkommen!

There are very few places you can go for a weekend getaway that truly have it all. Want to go gallery hopping, wine tasting or rock climbing? Do you love history, architecture and culture? In Fredericksburg, Texas you can have all of that with a ruggedly beautiful landscape and Texas hospitality. Located deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, this charming German town has become a top destination with visitors from all over the world. It’s the ideal place for travelers who wish to commune with nature, rest their eyes on a star-filled sky, or history buffs wishing to delve deeper into the legendary state of Texas. And it’s easily accessible. In Fredericksburg you truly can experience living history and feel as if you’ve “gotten away from it all.”   Why now? Southern Living, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, and Texas Highways are just a few of the publications that have featured the Texas Hill Country in the past year. Go now —...

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Posted by in Destinations, Museums, Photography, Texas, USA | 19 comments

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

17 Reasons Why You Should Go To The Texas Hill Country Now

You’ll want to go to the Texas Hill Country now because it’s spring time and that means the wildflowers are in full bloom. The highways and roadsides are a kaleidoscope of color, everything is lush and green, and it’s absolutely stunningly beautiful. Go to the Texas Hill Country now before it is 100 degrees in the shade (that comes soon enough, maybe even as early as June). Go to the Texas Hill Country now because, even though it’s not exactly off the beaten track (Texas Highways, National Geographic and Southern Living are just a few of the publications that have featured the Hill Country), it’s still far from crowded. Based on what I understand from the locals, weekends are ridiculously busy and the many small towns that comprise the Hill Country receive 100,000 to 200,000 visitors on the weekends and during festivals. Go during the week if you can. Go to the Texas Hill Country now to see the wide open spaces, the star-filled skies, drink award-winning wines, and...

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Posted by in Museums, Penny Sadler, Postcards, Texas | 2 comments

Postcard: Dream Time

Postcard: Dream Time

There are many exhibits that will draw you in when you enter the Innovation Gallery at the Ft. Worth Museum of Science and History. What caught my eye was the 40 foot long sculpture, composed of found objects and multi-colored lights, hanging from the ceiling. I dare you to gaze upon this sculpture and not be inspired in some way. It may evoke old memories, or a desire to express an artistic side of yourself…whatever you feel, it won’t be apathy. Dream Time, by sculptor Warren Muller, is meant to encourage hands-on creativity. Designed specifically for the Museum gallery, Dream Time weighs nearly half a ton. Tricycles, rusted metal lawn furniture, chandeliers, old toys, and a portrait of Elvis lit with fiber optics that slowly change color are just a few of the reclaimed pieces that compose Dream Time. The Innovation Gallery and Studios are the heart of the museum. Dream Time expresses the essence of the studios. According to Museum President Van Romans, “Our goal is to bring...

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