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Hill of Witches | Juodkrantė, Lithuania

Folklore in the forest: The Hill of Witches in Juodkrantė, Lithuania

The Hill of Witches (Raganų Kalnas in Lithuanian) is a public trail system through a forested sand dune just off the main road in Juodkrantė, Lithuania. The forest here is teeming with mystical wood carvings, all representing figures from Lithuanian folklore and pagan traditions. I came across photos of the Hill of Witches as I was doing research for […]

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Rome, Italy

Dear Rome, I love you.

I felt compelled to write the following upon learning that this week’s #JAchat topic is Rome. (#JAchat is a weekly Twitter travel chat that I co-host. Read here to learn more.) I’ve heard other travelers compare picking a favorite place in the world, out of all the towns, cities, and countries they’ve visited, to choosing which […]

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Prague | Old Town Hall Tower

Prague from above: A photo essay

It’s been five months since I visited Prague and I’m still trying to figure out how best to describe it in words. “Magical” and “fairy tale” come to mind the most. This city of charming vistas and spectacular panoramas, at times, made me feel as if I was transported to a different era and even a different […]

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Bundestag, Berlin

Visiting the Reichstag in Berlin

The only thing we had planned for our time in Berlin was a visit to Reichstag, the building which houses the German Parliament (Bundestag). We don’t make it a point to visit the centers of government in each country we travel to, but the Reichstag is a bit unique. It draws thousands of visitors, not […]

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Iron ring on a building in Siena, Italy

#FriFotos theme: RING

Along with JAchat, one of the highlights of the week for me also takes place on Fridays: FriFotos. I’ve co-hosted in the past and am thrilled to have been invited to do so again this week. The theme is RING, which I love because it is left wide open for interpretation. One way to think […]

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Leland River & dam

Photo tour of historic Fishtown

Travel fewer than thirty miles north of Traverse City, Michigan, to historic Fishtown in Leland and be transported more than a hundred years back in time. The Great Lakes have a strong maritime culture and a long history rooted in the fishing industry. These traditions are preserved in Fishtown, an historic section of the town […]

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The "house" part of the lighthouse

Grand Traverse Lighthouse photo essay

After publishing my recent post about Leelanau Peninsula, I decided that it did not include nearly enough photos of Grand Traverse Lighthouse. The inside is just as charming as the outside of the building. Perfect reason for a photo essay, no? The following photos all were taken and edited with my iPhone 5.

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