From 1933 until the end of the war in 1945, the Nazi’s would build 23 main camps. According to the Jewish Virtual Library, the main camps would have over 900 permanent subcamps and 20,000 total camps that were used for a variety of purposes – including forced labor, prisoner transit, and extermination of prisoners. Here, millions of people were held, tortured, and murdered including over 6.25 million Jews alone. Although the Nazis attempted to cover up these atrocities by destroying the camps upon the advance of the Allied Forces, 7 of the main camps stand at least partially preserved as museums. With all that is going on in he world today, these 7 holocaust concentration camps stand both as witnesses to the vast Nazi atrocities of the 1930’s and 40’s and as sobering reminders of the horrors that can befall us when evil is left unchecked. [Read more…]
Bayon Temple is at the heart of Angkor Thom (“Great City”), another Buddhist temple complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It stands in the middle of the capital of King Jayavarman VII’s, the late 12th century Mahayana Buddhist king. The Hindu cosmology, as well as several Theravada carvings, was added after his death according to the spiritual preferences of future kings. [Read more…]
Drumheller, Alberta is home to dinosaurs, cute shops, art galleries and still more dinosaurs. If you are looking to go camping in the general area but feel the prices are a bit more than you can stomach, never fear! There is free camping near Drumheller and the town of Rowley will not disappoint.
Rowley is officially a ghost town, having once had a lot more residents than it currently does. Today, there are eight who call the one block town home – a huge spike up from the previous six which occurred when two little boys showed up! On the weekend, the old ball field turned camping ground has more residents than the town does. Located just on the edge of town, the old ball field is a gigantic grassy camp site. [Read more…]
Seriously dudes, I love me some rum. I like white rum. I like dark rum. I like spiced rum. I like coconut rum. As if the beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean weren’t enough, the rum is just an added little bonus each time I visit.
Rum has been my drink of choice since I was about 22 years old. That is why I was so excited to see this enjoyable and interactive map at my friend Rum Shop Ryan’s blog last week. When the folks from Coconut Bay Resorts asked me if I wanted to share the map with my audience as well, I couldn’t resist.
The Caribbean Rum Trail map allows you to explore each islands rum distilleries from the comfort of your own computer. You’ll learn which rums are made on each island, where the distilleries are at, and a brief history of each of these fabulous spirits. After you’ve explored the entire Caribbean Rum Trail from home, book a ticket to paradise and start visiting the distilleries in person. And, of course, it would only be proper to go ahead and have a drink while you are exploring! HOLLLLAAAA!
So, without further adieu, here is the map. Enjoy! [Read more…]
Ah, the Ancient Greeks….those wonderful, gnarly great-grandfathers of Western Culture. (Or is that great-great-great-great-great-grea-great-great grandfathers?) The Greeks built an enormous, complex civilization which became the basis for today’s Western art, architecture, theatre, and philosophy. While much of what they created has been lost or destroyed by zealots, the Greeks did leave behind some pretty bangin’ shiznit, including some fantastic ruins. Few of these ancient sites hold more importance than the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. [Read more…]
Unlike its flat as a pancake near neighbor, Anguilla, and its hilly but not mountainous neighbor Saint Martin, Saba rises high up out of the sea, reaching . A volcanic peak, with lava tunnels running below the ocean, Saba island offers fascinating diving due to the sea life that now inhabits the lava tunnels. For those of us who prefer to stay above the water, hiking in Saba is the thing to do. [Read more…]
If you are looking to find cheap snorkeling in St. Maarten, the first thing you should consider is to bring your own gear with you. All of the beaches are public, so if you can find your way onto a beach, you can go snorkeling, for free! That said, not all of us travel with our own gear, and rates can get rather exorbitant quite quickly. At Orient Beach, one rental outfit was charging $25 per hour for a snorkel setup.
Enter Divi Little Bay, next to Fort Amersterdam on the Dutch side of Sint Maarten. To get there, drive toward Fort Amsterdam, which is the point just to the south end of Philipsburgh. Park just before the security hut for Divi Little Bay Resort, in the parking spots along the sea wall. From there, you can walk down through the resort to the beach. [Read more…]
If you happen to be visiting the United Kingdom, it’s worth your while to stop in Wales. Known as “rebel territory” for many years by the English, it’s now a safe, friendly, and charming area with intriguing historic sites and rolling landscapes. It boasts castles that are more than 2,000 years old. If you’re short on time, it’s recommended to concentrate your time in Cardiff, the capital. Cardiff, Wales is a small, quaint city that has medieval architecture alongside modern sports arenas, free Wi-Fi, and well-connected public transportation. Though rainy much of the year, in spring and summer the city is awash with brightly colored flowers and lush green spaces. Bute Park, surrounded by the castle and the river Taff, is a sprawling and stunning green space that is perfect for an afternoon picnic or a leisurely stroll. A short bus ride away is St. Fagan, an outdoor history museum full of historic replicas of homes and shops.
One of the city’s top attractions is Cardiff Castle, or Castell Caerdydd in Welsh. Originally built by the Romans in the year 55 A.D., the castle still stands strong and fortified in the city center after many years of upgrades and renovations. [Read more…]