Iowa Day Trip – Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
If you find yourself in Omaha, Nebraska, or anywhere in the vicinity of western Iowa, set aside some time to explore the 220-mile north-south Loess Hills National Scenic Byway (one of eleven designated byways in Iowa.) I only saw a little piece of it while in the area for a conference, but it was enough that I’d love to return and find out more. The main Byway road is called the “spine,” but all along that are “excursion loops” – paved and gravel – that can really get you deep into the heart of the region. In Omaha, you
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Sharing Food, Sharing Stories from Spain to Syria to Minnesota
The phrase breaking bread together is an immediately recognizable metaphor for connecting, for meeting up, for sharing. Sharing food, sharing stories are basic ways of enjoying friendships old and new, marking family milestones, celebrating events, breaking down barriers. Come along to learn about three books which are as much about sharing stories and moments of connection as they are about teaching you favorite recipes. From the Source: Spain comes from the travel experts at Lonely Planet. Artisan cooks and chef and producers from big city and rural countryside are interviewed and given space to explain their dishes and expand on
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A Walk Through Civil Rights History in Memphis
You can prepare yourself for what you’ll see at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or you can show up there and get mentally walloped without much warning, but either way, do not miss an opportunity to visit. I’d been doing a lot of reading about the movement before my visit to the Mississippi Delta gave me a chance to see the museum. To walk through the exhibits and see civil rights history brought to life was physically painful for me. Abstract events, books, and speeches are one thing; the reality of the years-long fight for voting rights and
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Tracing the Origin of the Knights Templar in Champagne
Deep in a forest in the Aube department in France, people still search for the mythical treasure attributed to the Knights Templar. When the local theme park, Nigloland, stipulates “No rituals” on its list of visiting rules, it’s easy to wonder whether there was more to these knights than meets the eye. But in their home county in the heart of the Champagne-Ardennes region in the north east of France, the Knights Templar had humbler origins. While many of the rumours shrouding the order and their association with the occult, the Holy Grail and Freemasonry went on to inspire writers like Umberto Eco and
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