23 03, 2017

How to Prepare your Home for Travel

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Getting your Home Vacation Ready To give yourself peace of mind while you are away, there are a few things to attend to before you leave. Secure Entrances Lock all windows and doors, and for sliding doors and windows consider a stick or long piece of wood to help secure them in place. Remove any spare or hidden keys and move keys out of reach if someone makes it inside. You may also consider disabling the garage door opener, and make sure to lock the inner garage door. Protect Valuables Keep valuables out of site or even move them to

20 03, 2017

Museum Monday: Star Wars at the Denver Art Museum

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At first it might seem strange, an art museum hosting a Star Wars exhibit. But Denver Art Museum curated the exhibit to focus on the creative process, art, and detail of more than 70 costumes and other props from this iconic franchise. DAM wants to embrace pop culture and show that it too can be fine art. Here are just a handful of my favorites! Duel of Fates! They did a good job of showing the costume evolution and details of various Jedi/Sith characters, including details of their lightsabers (and the ability to turn them on and off!) Luke lurks

18 03, 2017

Souvenir Saturday: Starlight

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I've told the story of trying to buy a lamp right as the call to prayer started, this is that lamp. I really wanted a star shaped lamp, and I loved that this one had stars and moons imprinted on it to spread the light. Although the purchasing of it was comically awkward... Souvenir Saturday is an every-other week series on the items that represent travel memories.

17 03, 2017

Sphere

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Sphere Within Sphere is a statue by Arnaldo Pomodoro. There are actually multiple versions of this statue of various sizes around the world. This one is outside the Trinity College Dublin. Every Friday Lili shares her favorite photography & the stories behind the photos.

13 03, 2017

Travel Missteps: On the Wrong Foot

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On our last night in Ireland we went to a tavern for "traditional" Irish music and dance. It was a long banquet hall, with tables facing the stage area. While we ate we listened to ballads and music. Then it came time to watch the dancing. They whirled and jigged about. After a few songs they then went out into the crowd and grabbed volunteers. Of course my family pushed me up. Me: klutzy and injury prone and not graceful. Everyone laughed as I struggled to keep up with the dancers. Although I felt like a fool, I played along.

9 03, 2017

Sweet Molly Malone

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The story of Molly Malone is a bit sad. 300 years ago, she may have actually been called Mary or Margaret and was a fishmonger's daughter who not only sold her catch on the streets of Dublin, but as she was such a beauty (and poor) also sold herself. She died young after contracting cholera or fever from one of her clients in 1699. (Although there is some debate on if all the facts are true or have become shrouded in legend.) It is said she still haunts the city to this day. Her story is commemorated in a famous

6 03, 2017

Museum Monday: Colossus of Ramses II

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I had the opportunity to see the Colossus of Ramses II at the Memphis museum a few years ago. Tourism was way down in Egypt, and I was the only person in the viewing room (and one of 3 people in the entire open air museum). Memphis is not on most people's tourist track since its out of the way. But I really enjoyed looking at the details of this statue, thinking how it was carved out of a single block of red granite. If you really like statues or ancient Egyptian history, than I really recommend a visit. Seeing the

4 03, 2017

Souvenir Saturday: Waterfall Wood Art

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The day after I injured myself while zip lining, I decided to hang around Montezuma while the rest of the group went on a road trip trying to find great beaches to hang out at. As I still had a minor concussion, I mostly just walked the small main street and shopped a bit. One store I went into was sort of a depressing tourist market, that sold stuff like sun glasses, swimsuits, and sunscreen. I was about to discount it when I saw this on the wall. I had to laugh, this depicted the rope swing at the waterfalls

3 03, 2017

To the Skelligs – Monument to St. Brendan the Navigator

By |March 3rd, 2017|Categories: Attractions & Sights, Photography, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This statue by Eamon Doherty (1995) features 4 monks, including St. Brendan, on a boat elevated by 8 oars navigating their way to the monastery at Skellig Michael, an island off the coast of Ireland. You can view this statue, which overlooks the water in a park near Caherciveen, County Kerry, Ireland. Every Friday Lili shares her favorite photography & the stories behind the photos.