Category Archives: History

Just made it! Mabry Mills

We had one more stop to make on our Blue Ridge Parkway road trip and time was running out on us but as it turned out that was a good thing. After we left the falls we hit the Blue … Continue reading

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Roaring Fork Motor Trail

While the Cades Cove drive is THE most popular one of the park, there is another that is usually far less crowded, takes only a bit over an hour to drive (on a good day) and is very scenic as … Continue reading

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Billy Visits Scotland – St. Andrews Cathedral

This chapter in Billy’s travel journal was one that I enjoyed but he did not like it much. He enjoyed the view walking towards St. Andrews but once we entered, he was disappointed that it wasn’t another castle where he … Continue reading

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Billy Visits Scotland – Dunnottar Castle

This was one of those “the best laid plans of mice and coos oft times go astray” moments with visiting this castle. We had a lovely breakfast at our BnB with the plans for the day being to visit Dunnottar … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 6: More from the Parade

In the parade there were characters from storybooks such as these ghostly and grumpy fellows from Dickens A Christmas Carol… The Sugarplum Fairy and a toy soldier from the Nutcracker Suite.. And of course characters that represented their respective countries/cultural … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 5: Singing and Dancing

The parade began with local schools/groups singing Christmas carols but what I really enjoyed were the marchers in period wear dancing and singing. I wonder if during Dickens time did this ever occur or is that strictly just in the … Continue reading

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St. Charles Christmas Traditions Part 3 – The Architecture

Main Street in downtown historic St. Charles is a brick road but what about the buildings? Well, they’re brick too… as well as stone and wood with some of them dating back to the 1800’s. Quite a few of them … Continue reading

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Historic Downtown St. Charles and Christmas Traditions Part 1

St. Charles was Missouri’s first state capitol between 1821 and 1826, while a permanent capitol city was in the planning and development stages in Jefferson City. It was founded as Les Petites Cotes (The Little Hills) by French Canadian fur … Continue reading

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Animals at the Renaissance Festival

You didn’t think the festival was only about people coming to eat, drink and be merry (along with dressing for the occasion) did you? Verily I say unto thee that the festival is more than that. There are also shows … Continue reading

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Getting ready to take on the new week

Actually, while it feels like I may be going into battle with some things I have to attend to this week, this barbarian was getting suited up to do actual battle against his fellow barbarians in the ring at the … Continue reading

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