Source The mysterious Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa in Alexandria were discovered a little more than a hundred years ago when a donkey disappeared into a hole in the earth. What was uncovered was a complex of 3 story underground catacomb. While the upper floor is pretty bare from design the middle floor has a unique tomb that combines Egyptian, Greek, and Roman iconography. Above the entrance you can see many Uraei (cobras) with the sun disk, and the winged vulture, a common sight of Egyptian temples. But on the side you see a greek Agathodaimon (serpent) wearing the double crown [...]
Recently I made my way down to my favorite museum in Denver, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and stopped in to visit the Paleontology lab found at the end of Prehistoric Journey. I was delighted to see two members of the Chasmosaurinae Dinosaur family being worked on! The first specimen is a no brainer and my all time favorite dinosaur - TRICERATOPS! This one was found in Wyoming. The second skull is from a Kosmoceratops part of the same "family" as Triceratops, but with noticeably different frills. Definitely a treat to see both of them! Museum Monday is an [...]
I use to be a little obsessed when souvenir hunting. I had a mental checklist of items I needed to add to my collection. Which is why I searched high and low for a unique shot glass in Guatemala. I shopped in El Mercado for hours but not finding anything. I was being too picky. And then I saw this little clay shot glass, small and dirty and for some reason I thought it was perfect. And so I bought it! And then a few stores down I found the actual perfect shot glass...but I had spent all my money! [...]
One thing many people don't realize is that the monuments and temples of Ancient Egypt were actually vividly painted. But time has erased many of the colors or they are hard to see in dimly lit temples where flashlights and flash is outlawed to protect what colors remain. Which is why when I visited the Cenotaph Temple of Ramesses II at Abydos, a mostly ruined temple, I was excited to not only see amazing colors, but they were close enough to the light outside to take good photos! Every Friday Lili shares her favorite photography & the stories behind the [...]
My last full day of my G Adventures Mayan Encounter Tour was a free day. I had already been to Playa Del Carmen before, and so wanted to see Chichen Itza as I had missed that on my last trip. The problem was, many of my tour-mates had already seen it earlier in their own trips. So I was the only one who wanted to go. No problem! My tour guide arranged for me to join a day trip to see it. And both she and I explained to that tour company that I needed to be back by 5PM [...]
While cave tubing in Belize a cenote allowed a little light into the dark cave. Every Friday Lili shares her favorite photography & the stories behind the photos.
Here is my packing list from my Egypt Trip. Carry On Neck Pillow Eye Mask Ear Plugs Sarong (as a blanket/towel) Journal Pens Gum Snacks Glasses Day Pack Water-bottle with Mister Sun Hat Sun Glasses Rain Ponchos (if bad is weather) Anti Theft Purse Money holder, Coin Purse, & Wrist Wallet Language Guide Electronics Headphones Kindle Fire Kindle Touch Phone Batter Packs & Chargers Power Strip Travel Adaptor Camera with Memory Cards Clothes Shirts Pants & Capris Jeans Scarf Bras Underware Socks Sleep outfit Swimsuit Sweater Dress Sport Sandals Sneakers Jewelry Toiletries Q Tips Toilet Paper Hand Sanitizer Tissues Tiger [...]
I always find it fun to wander a Art Museum and stumble upon a famous treasured piece of art history, but this Infographic will help pinpoint where to find the most iconic works of art. Museum Monday is an every other week series about museum news, objects, and reviews.
Its Christmas in July! This little tea cup ornament comes from Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. George and his wife Martha were very fond of tea. Read more at: Tea from the archives Souvenir Saturday is an every-other week series on the items that represent travel memories.
A sailboat at dusk, as viewed near the pier 57's Seattle Great Wheel. Every Friday Lili shares her favorite photography & the stories behind the photos.