Shelburne Vermont

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Shelburne Vermont Museum Shelburne Vermont is just south of Burlington Vermont. It is home to the Shelburne Museum Shelbourne Farm and a handful of other sites, plus lovely views across Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains. Shelburne Museum The Shelburne Museum is a 45-acre, open-air museum consists of about 45, relocated 19th-century New England buildings [Read more …]

Salem Massachusetts

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Salem Massachusetts One can love Salem Massachusetts for the simple beauty of its historic, 17th-century, clapboard, pitched-roof houses, its 18th- and 19th-century brick ship captain and merchant mansions and its initiative of turning the disadvantages of poor agricultural land and rugged, deep, rocky shoreline into a seafaring powerhouse that was the fifth largest, and of [Read more …]

Corning Museum of Glass

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Corning Museum of Glass, located in Corning New York, houses the largest, most comprehensive collection of glass in the world. It traces the worldwide history of glassmaking over 3,500 years, from its roots in Mesopotamia to the present. Its hands-on displays explain the continually evolving science of glassmaking, demonstrates the art of glassblowing and displays [Read more …]

Finger Lakes New York

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Traveling around the Finger Lakes Central New York has a series of lakes which look like fingers from the air—well, maybe a lot of fingers. No surprise that this area is called the Finger Lakes Region. We grew up not far from this area (Syracuse New York) and have visited it several times. This time [Read more …]

Buffalo New York and Frank Lloyd Wright

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Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House in Buffalo New York We have been to many places that Frank Lloyd Wright designed (http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2014/08/21/frank-lloyd-wrights-racine-wisconsin-legacy/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2012/05/30/a-morning-in-oak-park-with-frank-lloyd-wright/ and http://www.activeboomeradventures.com/2011/11/10/finally-falling-water/) We happily discovered that he also did some work in the Buffalo area. Of course we had to visit it while we were there. Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House The [Read more …]

Syracuse New York Museums

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We grew up in Syracuse New York. While that is not a reason for our readers to go there with us, some of the museums in Syracuse New York are noteworthy of a visit if you are in the area as we were recently. Erie Canal Museum If you grew up along the canal path, [Read more …]

Milan Beyond the Highlights

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While in Milan Italy, we spend most of our time at The Last Supper and the Duomo. But we also spent some time exploring the central city and at least exploring the exterior of some of its other primary sights. These include: Piazza dei Duomo, which serves as the unofficial center of town, is surrounded [Read more …]

Milan Italy

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Milan Italy is known for fashion, for opera (especially in the form of the La Scala opera theater) and as the business center of Europe. It is not especially regarded for its beauty, its cuisine or as a tourist destination. It is, however, home to at least two truly world-class attractions (in addition to performances [Read more …]

Bucharest Romania

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Romania Next on our itinerary: Romania, another country to which this was our first visit. This “prolonged” visit was only a whole four days—not alot of time, but enough time to give us a feel for the country. Romania’s History Romania’s early history is, not too surprisingly, relatively similar to that of Bulgaria. It was [Read more …]

Southeastern Bulgaria

Rila Monastery gate

During our short trip to Bulgaria, we spent one day in Sofia and another day outside of the city. We hired a car and driver to take us past scenic, hilly, green pasture and crop land, deep into the even more lovely mountains in the center of the country. Our destination was the Rila Monastery, [Read more …]