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Cardiff Castle

Quick day trip out to Cardiff, Wales. I picked Cardiff because not only is it the capital of Wales, but it also had a very convenient National Rail stop within walking distance from what I assume is their downtown area and Cardiff Castle. Continue reading “Cardiff Castle”

Posted in North America, Travels, United States

Battery Spencer

Most people know this area for the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge that isn’t really golden, but not everyone knows that this area one had another purpose. Besides a great view, Battery Spencer was once an important outlook in protecting the San Francisco Bay Area.   Continue reading “Battery Spencer”

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Boston’s Trail of Freedom

I love traveling to the East Coast. I love the people, the accents, the history, and the fact that jay-walking is a regular part of life. People actually wait for the lights where I live.

One of the things I learned on my first trip to Boston (besides the fact that not everyone has that famous Southie accent) is that it’s a great place to learn about American history in the original locations. A great way to do this is to walk Boston’s Freedom Trail, which is a historically-themed walking tour. Read on . . .  Continue reading “Boston’s Trail of Freedom”

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A Penny Saved … (in Philly)

Happy New Year! Okay, so I didn’t really save any pennies (or any money, for that matter) during my trip, but apparently it’s part of a famous Ben Franklin saying. More about how I learned that later.

It’s clear that budgeting is not my strong suit, but I still was able to visit Betsy Ross’s home, Franklin’s grave, the U.S. Mint, and Elfreth’s Alley. Continue reading “A Penny Saved … (in Philly)”

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It’s Not Always Sunny in Philadelphia

I mean this strictly in weather terms. Where I live, it’s rare to have rain in the middle of August. But my travels to the East Coast have taught me that only nature knows what’s coming in terms of weather.

Anyways, one of the things that attracted me to Philadelphia was its extended colonial history. I had U.S. History in high school, and it fascinated me to be able to walk in the same city and see the same buildings that Benjamin Franklin and other historical figures would have seen in their time. So it’s fitting that I dedicated the second day of my trip to exploring some of these historical sites. Continue reading “It’s Not Always Sunny in Philadelphia”