Spotlight Thursday – Canaletto’s humor in the rebuilding of Warsaw, Poland

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my trip to Warsaw, Poland.  It is a vibrant young city, yet it has a very historical feel to it.  Wandering thru the streets, one can see the architecture from the 13th to the 21st century.  Yet, just 15% of the buildings were built before 1944.   Warsaw was the third most destroyed city during WWII.  It sits be Hiroshima and Nagasaki in destruction.  The rebuilding of Warsaw, Poland was a monumental effort with amazing results. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Mexico’s Templo Mayor

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday was taken while I was visiting Mexico City, Mexico for a long weekend.  I took a cheap SouthWest Airlines flight from Houston to Mexico City for the weekend.  I was so excited to visit Mexico.  Despite having been to over 20 countries I had never been to Mexico.  I couldn’t wait to start exploring the history of Tenochtitlan.  This photo was taken on my visit to Templo Mayor or the Great Temple in downtown Mexico City. Continue Reading . . .

Walking Along the East Side Gallery at the Berlin Wall


I stand in front of the colorful graffiti wall of the East Side Gallery.  I am far too young to remember the day the Berlin Wall fell.  I was born can only imagine the feelings of East and West Berlin as the city was reunited for the first time since World War II.  It was a symbol of the Iron Curtain between the Capitalistic West and Socialistic/Communist East. Continue Reading . . .

Visiting Pre-Colombian Statues in San Agustín Archaeological Park

I walk along the path and study these large statues.  I keep looking at them and wondering, why were they made?  Why were they buried? Who made them?  I wasn’t at the statues on Easter Island. I was in southern Colombia exploring hills and valleys where the statues of  San Agustín Archaeological Park. Continue Reading . . .

MatD’s Ultimate Virginia Bucket List

Virginia is called “Old Dominion.”  It is the oldest of the original 13 colonies. The state was home to the first British colonies in the “New World.”  The state is borders the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Both areas provide the state a wonderful array of outdoor activities.  Due to its age and location, Virginia has been home to numerous major historical events. I am currently living in this great state. Here is my Virginia Bucket List. Continue Reading . . .