Salisbury and Stonehenge

"It's just a stone circle." "It's too crowded." "I don't see what the big deal is." These were the things people told me before I went to Stonehenge. And... yes, it's a stone circle. Yes, it's crowded, even in the pouring rain. But Stonehenge is absolutely a big deal. For that matter, so is Salisbury,…

Avignon: A Tale of Two Popes

In 1305, Pope Clement V, under pressure from King Phillipe IV of France, refused to move to Rome and instead established his court at Avignon, where he purchased the city and its surroundings from the Proven├žal ruler. This began the only period of popes ruling from outside Rome, and led to decades of competing popes.…

Exploring Auckland

Auckland reminds me a lot of Seattle, which is probably not a lot of help to those of you who have never been to Seattle. It is built around the water, with an iconic skyline up a slight hill, and ferries running to various islands and peninsulas. Seafood is abundant, and cute shopping districts, museums,…

Madrid: Day Trips

Whenever I travel to a new city, I like to take day trips if possible. After all, it allows me to see a bit more of a place! Whether awesome side adventures from my recent trip in Kyoto or my drive around the Michigan thumb from Detroit, I've tried to add these extra elements to…

Madrid: Centro

Madrid is a fairly large city. However, to a tourist's delight, most of the major sights can be found in just a couple of neighborhoods. Centro is one of those. Centro is the historical city. Puerta del Sol, one of the major squares in the neighborhood, was actually a gate into the old city at…

An Afternoon In Sacramento

The capital of California, Sacramento has cultural sights rivaling any major metropolitan area. From the Crocker Art Museum to the California Railroad Museum, options abound for individuals and families, and activies on either the Sacramento or American River will excite those with a love of water. I stopped in Sacramento on the way home from…