Tag Archives: History

Destination: Germany

As the headline says, Trent chose Germany.

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A New National Historic Site in NASA

I stood on the floor of NASA’s old mission control trying to wrap my head around it all. After all, it’s where the Apollo 11 lunar landing was coordinated. It was the spot where it all happened with Apollo 13. And it’s where so many of the most awesome moments in space exploration history – […]

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Remembering The 70th Anniversary of D-Day

Seventy years ago today – on June 6, 1944 – the Allies invaded the beaches of Normandy, which was the beginning of the end of World War II in Europe. Six years ago my father and I walked the beaches and through the cities and a cemetery. Today I look back through those photos, remembering […]

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The Eternal Flame at Kennedy’s Grave

Today, the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, I’m reminded of my trip to his grave site this year in Arlington National Cemetery. It was a return visit of one I did a great many years ago as a child, while on our family road trip along the eastern seaboard.

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A Look Back at Greece

“G” is for Greece, the first country I ever visited outside of the U.S. Well, actually that’s not true. There was this time as a young child when I freaked out in a wax museum across the border in Canada, but Greece is really the first place I traveled without meltdown. Here are a few […]

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Souvenir Shopping at the Great Wall of China

My favorite stop on my trip to China a few years back was the Great Wall of China at Simatai. I loved hiking along its crumbling ramparts, stopping occasionally to admire the view. This 5.4km-long section of the wall is approximately 120km northeast of Beijing, and much more authentic in nature than the more touristy […]

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Showing Dad Around London

My father and I are back home in Minnesota and Colorado, respectively, after one of the most fun trips abroad I’ve ever experienced; London was a blast! It certainly helped that the Minnesota Vikings – our football team who we traveled to see play at Wembley Stadium – beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a very […]

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England’s Avebury Stone Circle

  My friend drove my dad and I out to the Salisbury Plain yesterday, where we took a walk around the rocks and through the fields making up the grounds of the Avebury stone circle. It’s a cousin to nearby Stonehenge, but much larger and more spread out with more opportunities to get up close […]

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