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More sights from Boston, one of my favorite cities, pt 1

Paul Revere presided over the the cornerstone laying for the Massachusetts State House in 1795; for the building's design, architect Charles Bulfinch was inspired by two buildings in London: William Chambers's Somerset House and James Wyatt's Pantheon

Paul Revere presided over the the cornerstone laying for the Massachusetts State House in 1795; for the building's design, architect Charles Bulfinch was inspired by two buildings in London: William Chambers's Somerset House and James Wyatt's Pantheon

Fenway Park, built in 1912 and the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, is the second smallest (Tampa is smaller); home to the Red Sox, the stadium is famous for the Green Monster in left field with the small confines resulting in plenty of home runs

Fenway Park, built in 1912 and the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, is the second smallest (Tampa is smaller); home to the Red Sox, the stadium is famous for the Green Monster in left field with the small confines resulting in plenty of home runs

Old South Church is a historic United Church of Christ congregation (members have included Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Phyllis Wheatley) first organized in 1669; its current building, built in Gothic Revival style on Copley Square, dates from 1873

Old South Church is a historic United Church of Christ congregation (members have included Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Phyllis Wheatley) first organized in 1669; its current building, built in Gothic Revival style on Copley Square, dates from 1873

John Glover was a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; his units, composed almost entirely of seamen, mariners and fishermen, were famous for their nautical skills; his statue is on the popular Commonwealth Avenue Mall

John Glover was a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; his units, composed almost entirely of seamen, mariners and fishermen, were famous for their nautical skills; his statue is on the popular Commonwealth Avenue Mall

The Fairmont Copley Plaza (w/ John Hancock Tower at left) opened in 1912; Frederick Kerry, paternal grandfather of Senator John Kerry, committed suicide here in 1921; in the 1920s, John Singer Sargent kept rooms here where he painted portraits

The Fairmont Copley Plaza (w/ John Hancock Tower at left) opened in 1912; Frederick Kerry, paternal grandfather of Senator John Kerry, committed suicide here in 1921; in the 1920s, John Singer Sargent kept rooms here where he painted portraits

These granite spires, which are lit at night, form part of the Boston Marathon bombing memorial dedicated to the 5 lives lost in April 2013; the marathon was always the highlight of my running year as a million enthusiastic spectators would cheer us on

These granite spires, which are lit at night, form part of the Boston Marathon bombing memorial dedicated to the 5 lives lost in April 2013; the marathon was always the highlight of my running year as a million enthusiastic spectators would cheer us on

Trinity Church, a Romanesque Revival masterpiece, was completed in 1877 on Copley Square; Phillip Brooks, the 9th rector of Trinity Church, wrote the beloved Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868 after visiting the Holy Land

Trinity Church, a Romanesque Revival masterpiece, was completed in 1877 on Copley Square; Phillip Brooks, the 9th rector of Trinity Church, wrote the beloved Christmas carol O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868 after visiting the Holy Land

The Boston Public Garden was established in 1837 and was the first public botanical garden in America; adjacent to Boston Common, the Garden is designed in the style of an English landscape garden with formal plantings and popular swan boats

The Boston Public Garden was established in 1837 and was the first public botanical garden in America; adjacent to Boston Common, the Garden is designed in the style of an English landscape garden with formal plantings and popular swan boats

1975 Fiduciary Trust Building; what should be a Jeopardy! answer some day - the only state capital in the contiguous United States with an oceanic coastline - with the correct response, what is Boston?

1975 Fiduciary Trust Building; what should be a Jeopardy! answer some day - the only state capital in the contiguous United States with an oceanic coastline - with the correct response, what is Boston?

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway stretches more than a mile across 17 linear acres where the JFK Freeway once stood; each block of the Greenway is different with gorgeous parks and public art making this one of the best new attractions in the city

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway stretches more than a mile across 17 linear acres where the JFK Freeway once stood; each block of the Greenway is different with gorgeous parks and public art making this one of the best new attractions in the city

First Baptist Church, established in 1665, is one of the oldest Baptist churches in the US; this building dates from 1872 and is best known for sculptures by Bartholdi (of Statue of Liberty fame) atop its tower (currently under restoration)

First Baptist Church, established in 1665, is one of the oldest Baptist churches in the US; this building dates from 1872 and is best known for sculptures by Bartholdi (of Statue of Liberty fame) atop its tower (currently under restoration)

A small plaza across from Boston Common is named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe who was born here; the statue, dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, shows a giant raven flying from his baggage

A small plaza across from Boston Common is named in honor of Edgar Allan Poe who was born here; the statue, dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Poe's birth, shows a giant raven flying from his baggage

Beacon Hill's Acorn Street is described as the most photographed street in the country (what about SF's Lombard St?); the area retains much of its original Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture in structures built from the early to mid-1800s

Beacon Hill's Acorn Street is described as the most photographed street in the country (what about SF's Lombard St?); the area retains much of its original Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian architecture in structures built from the early to mid-1800s

The Athenaeum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the US; treasures include the largest portion of Washington's library from Mt Vernon;Houdon busts of Washington, Franklin   Lafayette owned by Jefferson; 1st edition of Audubon's Birds of America

The Athenaeum is one of the oldest independent libraries in the US; treasures include the largest portion of Washington's library from Mt Vernon;Houdon busts of Washington, Franklin + Lafayette owned by Jefferson; 1st edition of Audubon's Birds of America

Little Italy, in Boston's North End, is the city's oldest residential community, where Europeans have continuously lived since it was colonized in the 1630s; I noticed the cannolis at Mike's Pastry were extremely popular

Little Italy, in Boston's North End, is the city's oldest residential community, where Europeans have continuously lived since it was colonized in the 1630s; I noticed the cannolis at Mike's Pastry were extremely popular

TD Garden, home to the Celtics   Bruins, opened in 1995 replacing the original Boston Garden (and hosted the 2004 Democratic convention w/Obama's keynote address); it's the most visited sports arena in New England, with 3.5  million people visiting each year

TD Garden, home to the Celtics + Bruins, opened in 1995 replacing the original Boston Garden (and hosted the 2004 Democratic convention w/Obama's keynote address); it's the most visited sports arena in New England, with 3.5+ million people visiting each year

The 1875 Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England; on October 1, 1979, Pope John Paul II held a 38-minute prayer service for 2,000 priests in the cathedral during his first pilgrimage to the US

The 1875 Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the largest Roman Catholic church in New England; on October 1, 1979, Pope John Paul II held a 38-minute prayer service for 2,000 priests in the cathedral during his first pilgrimage to the US

Duck boats have been linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999 so, despite the enticing graphics, I didn't take their tour; Boston's Beantown nickname came as a result of a love among the city’s earliest settlers for baked beans in molasses

Duck boats have been linked to more than 40 deaths since 1999 so, despite the enticing graphics, I didn't take their tour; Boston's Beantown nickname came as a result of a love among the city’s earliest settlers for baked beans in molasses

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Our group tackled several fun hikes in the Palm Springs area

In the spring and early summer there's a 60 ft waterfall at the turnaround point on the Tahquitz Canyon Loop; it was a nice starter trail for our group although we didn't see the bighorn sheep other hikers have seen here

In the spring and early summer there's a 60 ft waterfall at the turnaround point on the Tahquitz Canyon Loop; it was a nice starter trail for our group although we didn't see the bighorn sheep other hikers have seen here

The Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail was the most fun and unique hike we did while in Palm Springs; the trail is just north of the Salton Sea which is being looked at now for its vast lithium reserves

The Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail was the most fun and unique hike we did while in Palm Springs; the trail is just north of the Salton Sea which is being looked at now for its vast lithium reserves

The slot canyons on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail were super cool, with us amazed that they could have been created in this desolate desert environment; it was very thoughtful of the person who brought ladders to the trail to make it hikeable

The slot canyons on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail were super cool, with us amazed that they could have been created in this desolate desert environment; it was very thoughtful of the person who brought ladders to the trail to make it hikeable

We needed a longer ladder for this climb on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail; there were lots of interesting geologic oddities to admire along what was supposed to only be a 4 1/2 mile hike

We needed a longer ladder for this climb on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail; there were lots of interesting geologic oddities to admire along what was supposed to only be a 4 1/2 mile hike

The 5 mile Pushawalla Palms Loop in the Coachella Valley Preserve took us along desert ridges down into an oasis of date palm trees; the San Andreas Fault has trapped groundwater which then created the oasis

The 5 mile Pushawalla Palms Loop in the Coachella Valley Preserve took us along desert ridges down into an oasis of date palm trees; the San Andreas Fault has trapped groundwater which then created the oasis

The Ladder Canyon Trail ended up being 6  miles with 1000 ft of climbing; the Salton Sea is CA's largest lake with twice the salinity of an ocean and is home to North America’s largest population of migratory waterfowl outside of the Everglades

The Ladder Canyon Trail ended up being 6+ miles with 1000 ft of climbing; the Salton Sea is CA's largest lake with twice the salinity of an ocean and is home to North America’s largest population of migratory waterfowl outside of the Everglades

The most popular hike in Palm Springs is at Tahquitz Canyon on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation; admission is $15 per person with the 2  mile trail gaining 350 in elevation for nice views over the city

The most popular hike in Palm Springs is at Tahquitz Canyon on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation; admission is $15 per person with the 2+ mile trail gaining 350 in elevation for nice views over the city

Many of the slot canyons and gullies on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail had been worn smooth over time making it difficult to find good handholds; the nearby Salton Sea is considered the biggest environmental disaster in CA history

Many of the slot canyons and gullies on the Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail had been worn smooth over time making it difficult to find good handholds; the nearby Salton Sea is considered the biggest environmental disaster in CA history

One morning we played pickleball at DeMuth Park which has nice courts dedicated for pickleball; it's right next to the Palm Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant which explains why this truck stopped (kudos to the creative person behind the idea!)

One morning we played pickleball at DeMuth Park which has nice courts dedicated for pickleball; it's right next to the Palm Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant which explains why this truck stopped (kudos to the creative person behind the idea!)

The Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail was challenging enough for us with the ladders not always long enough for my tastes; Bob and David missed the excitement as they met with old friends back in town

The Ladder Canyon and Painted Canyon Trail was challenging enough for us with the ladders not always long enough for my tastes; Bob and David missed the excitement as they met with old friends back in town

The Ladder Canyon Trail offered views of the Salton Sea; roughly 15 by 35 miles, the Sea was a huge tourist destination in the 1950s and 1960s before agricultural runoff full of dangerous chemicals turned the area into something from the Twilight Zone

The Ladder Canyon Trail offered views of the Salton Sea; roughly 15 by 35 miles, the Sea was a huge tourist destination in the 1950s and 1960s before agricultural runoff full of dangerous chemicals turned the area into something from the Twilight Zone

We came across this car frame from the 1940s miles from any road on the Pushawalla Palms Loop; there were steep slopes all around us so we were left to imagine how this car ended up where it did

We came across this car frame from the 1940s miles from any road on the Pushawalla Palms Loop; there were steep slopes all around us so we were left to imagine how this car ended up where it did

Bob took this photo of Gary climbing his way out along the Ladder Canyon Trail; Gary, Mike and Bob all took photos on our hikes which they've generously shared and are featured here

Bob took this photo of Gary climbing his way out along the Ladder Canyon Trail; Gary, Mike and Bob all took photos on our hikes which they've generously shared and are featured here

It was astonishing to me that so many people were paying $15 each to hike 2  miles to a dry waterfall at Tahquitz Canyon!; maybe they were just excited to get outside after spending months inside away from the scorching summer heat

It was astonishing to me that so many people were paying $15 each to hike 2+ miles to a dry waterfall at Tahquitz Canyon!; maybe they were just excited to get outside after spending months inside away from the scorching summer heat

The wind along the ridge on our Pushawalla Palms Loop had to be 60  mph!; a storm front was approaching that created horrendous conditions at Indian Wells contributing to some surprise losses like Coco Gauff

The wind along the ridge on our Pushawalla Palms Loop had to be 60+ mph!; a storm front was approaching that created horrendous conditions at Indian Wells contributing to some surprise losses like Coco Gauff

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American Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, pt 1

Deer's Skull with Pedernal, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1936; the artist was not originally from the Southwest, but was actually born on a Wisconsin dairy farm; she'd go on to live in Chicago, New York City, NY’s Lake George, Charlottesville VA and Amarillo TX

Deer's Skull with Pedernal, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1936; the artist was not originally from the Southwest, but was actually born on a Wisconsin dairy farm; she'd go on to live in Chicago, New York City, NY’s Lake George, Charlottesville VA and Amarillo TX

Parakeets and Gold Fish Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1893; Tiffany created this window specifically for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago claiming that it 'illustrates most perfectly the possibilities of American glass'

Parakeets and Gold Fish Bowl, Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1893; Tiffany created this window specifically for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago claiming that it 'illustrates most perfectly the possibilities of American glass'

A Moment's Rest, Charles Sprague Pearce, c. 1885; this Bostonian moved to France to study art and received medals at the Paris Salon (he's known for his paintings of French peasants) and was named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor

A Moment's Rest, Charles Sprague Pearce, c. 1885; this Bostonian moved to France to study art and received medals at the Paris Salon (he's known for his paintings of French peasants) and was named a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor

Violet Fishing, John Singer Sargent, 1889; inspired by Monet's compositions of women silhouetted against sky and water, Sargent wrote to Monet saying that he was going to paint his sister next to a pond with clouds reflected in it

Violet Fishing, John Singer Sargent, 1889; inspired by Monet's compositions of women silhouetted against sky and water, Sargent wrote to Monet saying that he was going to paint his sister next to a pond with clouds reflected in it

The Yellow Room, Frederick Carl Frieseke, c. 1910; first trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and after working with James McNeill Whistler, the artist lived next door to Claude Monet in Giverny for several summers absorbing the master's style

The Yellow Room, Frederick Carl Frieseke, c. 1910; first trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and after working with James McNeill Whistler, the artist lived next door to Claude Monet in Giverny for several summers absorbing the master's style

Eleanor, Frank Weston Benton, 1907; American Impressionism typically featured tight brushwork around people (such as seen with Eleanor) but loose strokes in the landscape behind with a specific focus on the effects of light

Eleanor, Frank Weston Benton, 1907; American Impressionism typically featured tight brushwork around people (such as seen with Eleanor) but loose strokes in the landscape behind with a specific focus on the effects of light

Mrs. Duffee Sitting on a Striped Sofa, Reading, Mary Cassatt, 1876; in her days before joining the Impressionist movement, Cassatt struggled to get her pieces accepted at the Paris salons because her approach was deemed too modern

Mrs. Duffee Sitting on a Striped Sofa, Reading, Mary Cassatt, 1876; in her days before joining the Impressionist movement, Cassatt struggled to get her pieces accepted at the Paris salons because her approach was deemed too modern

At Dusk (Boston Common at Twilight), Childe Hassam, 1885-86; this Boston native was instrumental in promoting Impressionism to American audiences; his unusual first name was an old family name and is pronounced like child

At Dusk (Boston Common at Twilight), Childe Hassam, 1885-86; this Boston native was instrumental in promoting Impressionism to American audiences; his unusual first name was an old family name and is pronounced like child

Piz Bernina, Albert Bierstadt, c. 1880-90; this peak is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, located near St. Moritz on the Swiss/Italian border; Bernie, Bobby Ibarra and I skied there way back in 1990

Piz Bernina, Albert Bierstadt, c. 1880-90; this peak is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps, located near St. Moritz on the Swiss/Italian border; Bernie, Bobby Ibarra and I skied there way back in 1990

Ready for the Ride, William Merritt Chase, 1877; Chase painted this work in Munich and sent it home for display in New York with a liberal organization that favored artists trained in Europe; it received critical acclaim giving Chase's career renown

Ready for the Ride, William Merritt Chase, 1877; Chase painted this work in Munich and sent it home for display in New York with a liberal organization that favored artists trained in Europe; it received critical acclaim giving Chase's career renown

The Dean's Roll Call, Thomas Eakins, 1899; commissioned by Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College to honor a long-serving dean, the college rejected the portrait which the dean's family bought and owned for decades

The Dean's Roll Call, Thomas Eakins, 1899; commissioned by Philadelphia's Jefferson Medical College to honor a long-serving dean, the college rejected the portrait which the dean's family bought and owned for decades

Helen Sears, John Singer Sargent, 1895; Helen was the daughter of a Bostonian and the museum does an outstanding job of highlighting local connections to the works in its collection

Helen Sears, John Singer Sargent, 1895; Helen was the daughter of a Bostonian and the museum does an outstanding job of highlighting local connections to the works in its collection

Morning on the Loing at Moret, William Lamb Picknell, c. 1895; the artist grew up in Massachusetts but for most of the 1890s lived at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau in the town of  Moret-sur-Loing with this being one of his most famous works

Morning on the Loing at Moret, William Lamb Picknell, c. 1895; the artist grew up in Massachusetts but for most of the 1890s lived at the edge of the Forest of Fontainebleau in the town of Moret-sur-Loing with this being one of his most famous works

John, 1st Baron Byron, Kehinde Wiley, 2013; Wiley opened a studio in Beijing in 2006 to use helpers to do brushstrokes for his works; critics have long wondered about the extent to which his paintings are painted by Wiley himself

John, 1st Baron Byron, Kehinde Wiley, 2013; Wiley opened a studio in Beijing in 2006 to use helpers to do brushstrokes for his works; critics have long wondered about the extent to which his paintings are painted by Wiley himself

Boys in a Pasture, Winslow Homer, 1874; in this nostalgic painting, note how the boy's faces are averted, a device Homer often used to make his figures less individual and, therefore, more universal

Boys in a Pasture, Winslow Homer, 1874; in this nostalgic painting, note how the boy's faces are averted, a device Homer often used to make his figures less individual and, therefore, more universal

Brig 'Antelope' in Boston Harbor, Fitz Henry Lane, 1863; this exceptionally fast ship, built in East Boston, was designed to smuggle Turkish opium into China, and return to the US with tea, silk and other Chinese luxuries

Brig 'Antelope' in Boston Harbor, Fitz Henry Lane, 1863; this exceptionally fast ship, built in East Boston, was designed to smuggle Turkish opium into China, and return to the US with tea, silk and other Chinese luxuries

Center Table, Ralph Turnbull, c. 1846-51; the extraordinary geometric and pictorial inlays on this table bring together rare woods unique to Jamaica with imagery that speaks to Britain's colonial control of the island

Center Table, Ralph Turnbull, c. 1846-51; the extraordinary geometric and pictorial inlays on this table bring together rare woods unique to Jamaica with imagery that speaks to Britain's colonial control of the island

Orchids and Hummingbird, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1875-83; from his Latin American travels, Heade created more than 100 paintings of hummingbirds in scenes that hover between scientific illustration, landscape and still life

Orchids and Hummingbird, Martin Johnson Heade, c. 1875-83; from his Latin American travels, Heade created more than 100 paintings of hummingbirds in scenes that hover between scientific illustration, landscape and still life

The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer, 1885; after catching two large halibut this fisherman in the Grand Banks sees an approaching fog bank and has to decide whether to ditch his fish (they are weighing down his vessel) to speed his return to his mother ship

The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer, 1885; after catching two large halibut this fisherman in the Grand Banks sees an approaching fog bank and has to decide whether to ditch his fish (they are weighing down his vessel) to speed his return to his mother ship

This parlor is from the country estate of Nathaniel West which was built around 1800; after MA passed new laws in the early 1800s, West's wife divorced him because of his affairs and was granted ownership of Oak Hill; it was a novelty for women of that time to be granted possession of property in a divorce settlement

This parlor is from the country estate of Nathaniel West which was built around 1800; after MA passed new laws in the early 1800s, West's wife divorced him because of his affairs and was granted ownership of Oak Hill; it was a novelty for women of that time to be granted possession of property in a divorce settlement

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Colorful Campeche, MX is worthy UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Catedral de la Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion was begun in 1540 but not completed until 1760; it is notable for having one of the few Baroque church facades on the Yucatan peninsula

The Catedral de la Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Concepcion was begun in 1540 but not completed until 1760; it is notable for having one of the few Baroque church facades on the Yucatan peninsula

Campeche, a city of roughly 250000, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the state of preservation and quality of its architecture; early Campeche was terrorized by pirates and marauders until the city started fortification in 1676

Campeche, a city of roughly 250000, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of the state of preservation and quality of its architecture; early Campeche was terrorized by pirates and marauders until the city started fortification in 1676

Campeche City was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores atop the pre-existing Maya city of Can Pech; originally, the Spaniards lived inside the walled city, while the indigenous Maya people lived in the surrounding barrios (the word Maya is used to designate people, places and culture while Mayan is the spoken language)

Campeche City was founded in 1540 by Spanish conquistadores atop the pre-existing Maya city of Can Pech; originally, the Spaniards lived inside the walled city, while the indigenous Maya people lived in the surrounding barrios (the word Maya is used to designate people, places and culture while Mayan is the spoken language)

Within this beautiful arcade, on the city's central square, is the former city hall which is now a cultural center; nightly (except Mondays), a spectacular sound and light show is projected onto this building celebrating Campeche's history and Maya roots

Within this beautiful arcade, on the city's central square, is the former city hall which is now a cultural center; nightly (except Mondays), a spectacular sound and light show is projected onto this building celebrating Campeche's history and Maya roots

Built by the Jesuits in 1716, the Ex-Templo de San Jose is decorated with an impressive Talavera-type, blue-and-yellow tile facade; the church has morphed into a lighthouse then to a library to a warehouse to today a folk art market

Built by the Jesuits in 1716, the Ex-Templo de San Jose is decorated with an impressive Talavera-type, blue-and-yellow tile facade; the church has morphed into a lighthouse then to a library to a warehouse to today a folk art market

The walls around part of the city are a reminder of the viceroyalty of the 17th and 18th centuries while colorful facades of homes and businesses paint a vibrant scene, each street full of stories and legends; from above, we could see how many building interiors were gutted and/or abandoned despite the attractive outward appearance

The walls around part of the city are a reminder of the viceroyalty of the 17th and 18th centuries while colorful facades of homes and businesses paint a vibrant scene, each street full of stories and legends; from above, we could see how many building interiors were gutted and/or abandoned despite the attractive outward appearance

Build in the mid-17th century, the Temple of San Francisquito is today the headquarters of the Campeche Institute of Culture; sister cities of Campeche include Cartegena (Colombia), Laredo, Ibiza and Halifax (Canada)

Build in the mid-17th century, the Temple of San Francisquito is today the headquarters of the Campeche Institute of Culture; sister cities of Campeche include Cartegena (Colombia), Laredo, Ibiza and Halifax (Canada)

Baluarte Santiago was completed in 1704 but torn down in the early 1900s for government offices; the reconstructed building from 1955 bears little resemblance to the original but now houses a botanical garden with 200  local species

Baluarte Santiago was completed in 1704 but torn down in the early 1900s for government offices; the reconstructed building from 1955 bears little resemblance to the original but now houses a botanical garden with 200+ local species

Recently, Campeche has seen a surge in tourism as noted by the rooftop tapas   wine bars; local cuisine like pan de cazón: a stacked, casserole dish consisting of tortillas, beans and dogfish with a tomato-based habanero sauce is supposedly quite good

Recently, Campeche has seen a surge in tourism as noted by the rooftop tapas + wine bars; local cuisine like pan de cazón: a stacked, casserole dish consisting of tortillas, beans and dogfish with a tomato-based habanero sauce is supposedly quite good

The Art Deco Selem building housed Campeche's first modern movie theater when it was built in 1951 (and it was air-conditioned); it stood out as the only Art Deco building in the walled city and is now a thriving department store

The Art Deco Selem building housed Campeche's first modern movie theater when it was built in 1951 (and it was air-conditioned); it stood out as the only Art Deco building in the walled city and is now a thriving department store

The Land Gate was one of two heavily fortified gates into the city; today it hosts the only original section of the city's walls remaining so we paid a small fee to walk atop the wall for a birds-eye view of the city

The Land Gate was one of two heavily fortified gates into the city; today it hosts the only original section of the city's walls remaining so we paid a small fee to walk atop the wall for a birds-eye view of the city

The Baluarte San Carlos is the oldest of the city's nine bastions to be built, completed in 1676 and dedicated to King Carlos II of Spain; the bastion has a pentagonal shape and now houses the free Museum of the City

The Baluarte San Carlos is the oldest of the city's nine bastions to be built, completed in 1676 and dedicated to King Carlos II of Spain; the bastion has a pentagonal shape and now houses the free Museum of the City

Calle 59 (conveniently, all streets are numbered with odd going one direction and even, the other) used to host some of Campeche's finest homes but many have now been converted into popular restaurants

Calle 59 (conveniently, all streets are numbered with odd going one direction and even, the other) used to host some of Campeche's finest homes but many have now been converted into popular restaurants

Our hotel had a view of the Bay of Campeche but there are no real beaches in the city proper and the bay is so shallow there are no waves; there is a nice, wide malecon but the traffic on the waterfront street so continuous that I could never get across

Our hotel had a view of the Bay of Campeche but there are no real beaches in the city proper and the bay is so shallow there are no waves; there is a nice, wide malecon but the traffic on the waterfront street so continuous that I could never get across

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A Stroll Through the Hallowed Halls of Harvard University

Massachusetts Hall(1720) is the oldest surviving building at Harvard; today, it houses the offices of Harvard's President but five of the country's Founding Fathers once lived here: John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, and James Otis Jr

Massachusetts Hall(1720) is the oldest surviving building at Harvard; today, it houses the offices of Harvard's President but five of the country's Founding Fathers once lived here: John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, and James Otis Jr

John Harvard was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America who bequeathed half his inherited fortune to a newly established college that soon became Harvard College

John Harvard was an English dissenting minister in Colonial America who bequeathed half his inherited fortune to a newly established college that soon became Harvard College

The top-ranked Kennedy School of Government has produced 17 heads of state, the most of any graduate institution in the world (for example, Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Ellen Johnson, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Juan Manuel Santos); Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is also an alum

The top-ranked Kennedy School of Government has produced 17 heads of state, the most of any graduate institution in the world (for example, Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Ellen Johnson, Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, Juan Manuel Santos); Fox News' Bill O'Reilly is also an alum

The Baker Library is the centerpiece for Harvard's top-ranked business school; across the Charles from the rest of campus, alums include Hank Paulson, Andy Jassy, Bill Ackman, George W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Steven Covey, Jeff Skilling and Jamie Dimon

The Baker Library is the centerpiece for Harvard's top-ranked business school; across the Charles from the rest of campus, alums include Hank Paulson, Andy Jassy, Bill Ackman, George W. Bush, Michael Bloomberg, Steven Covey, Jeff Skilling and Jamie Dimon

The Dexter Gate (Class of 1890) is one of 25 gates around Harvard Yard; it's widely known for the inscription on its crest: 'Enter to Grow in Wisdom' while the reverse side reads 'Depart to Serve Better Thy Country and Thy Kind'

The Dexter Gate (Class of 1890) is one of 25 gates around Harvard Yard; it's widely known for the inscription on its crest: 'Enter to Grow in Wisdom' while the reverse side reads 'Depart to Serve Better Thy Country and Thy Kind'

Harvard Yard (22.4 acres) is the oldest part of the campus, its historic center and modern crossroads; it contains most of the freshman dorms, Harvard's most important libraries, Memorial Church, and several classroom and departmental buildings; the brightly colored chairs pre-date the pandemic and invite students to take a break and enjoy the outdoors

Harvard Yard (22.4 acres) is the oldest part of the campus, its historic center and modern crossroads; it contains most of the freshman dorms, Harvard's most important libraries, Memorial Church, and several classroom and departmental buildings; the brightly colored chairs pre-date the pandemic and invite students to take a break and enjoy the outdoors

Completed in 1744, Holden Chapel is the third oldest building on campus and originally housed morning and evening prayers for the Harvard student body; the small building today serves as both a classroom and a musical rehearsal and performance space

Completed in 1744, Holden Chapel is the third oldest building on campus and originally housed morning and evening prayers for the Harvard student body; the small building today serves as both a classroom and a musical rehearsal and performance space

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is one of the world's most comprehen­sive research collec­tions in the humanities and social sciences with 3.5  million books on 57 miles of shelving; Widener, a 1907 Harvard graduate, died when the Titanic sunk

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library is one of the world's most comprehen­sive research collec­tions in the humanities and social sciences with 3.5+ million books on 57 miles of shelving; Widener, a 1907 Harvard graduate, died when the Titanic sunk

More than 1.3 million bricks were used to construct Sever Hall, completed in 1880, which is built in Romanesque Revival style; Harvard owns 660  buildings across its sprawling campuses encompassing 25  million square feet of space

More than 1.3 million bricks were used to construct Sever Hall, completed in 1880, which is built in Romanesque Revival style; Harvard owns 660+ buildings across its sprawling campuses encompassing 25+ million square feet of space

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was closed for my visit; I want to see their famous glass flowers collection which has 4,400 individual glass models representing over 830 plant species that were made between 1887 and 1936 in Germany; the museum also houses the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology which is the oldest (1866) museum of anthropology with the largest collection of North American archaeology and ethnology in the world

The Harvard Museum of Natural History was closed for my visit; I want to see their famous glass flowers collection which has 4,400 individual glass models representing over 830 plant species that were made between 1887 and 1936 in Germany; the museum also houses the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology which is the oldest (1866) museum of anthropology with the largest collection of North American archaeology and ethnology in the world

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the US; alums include Barack Obama, Janet Reno, Merrick Garland, Ted Cruz, Sam Ervin, Elizabeth Dole, Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer, John Roberts and Elena Kagen

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the US; alums include Barack Obama, Janet Reno, Merrick Garland, Ted Cruz, Sam Ervin, Elizabeth Dole, Mitt Romney, Chuck Schumer, John Roberts and Elena Kagen

Completed in 1877, Memorial Hall honors Harvard men's sacrifices in defense of the Union during the Civil War‍; its 1970 National Historic Landmark designation recognized it one of the nation's most dramatic examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture

Completed in 1877, Memorial Hall honors Harvard men's sacrifices in defense of the Union during the Civil War‍; its 1970 National Historic Landmark designation recognized it one of the nation's most dramatic examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture

Lehman Hall is a 1925 Georgian-revival building and is a modified example of the early New England counting house (the building's original function was home to Harvard's bursar); today, it's the student center for the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Lehman Hall is a 1925 Georgian-revival building and is a modified example of the early New England counting house (the building's original function was home to Harvard's bursar); today, it's the student center for the Graduate School of Arts and Science

Built in 1726 for the president of Harvard, Benjamin Wadsworth, the house that shares his name is the 2nd oldest building on campus; George Washington set up his first MA HQs in the house and rode from here to assume command of the Revolutionary troops

Built in 1726 for the president of Harvard, Benjamin Wadsworth, the house that shares his name is the 2nd oldest building on campus; George Washington set up his first MA HQs in the house and rode from here to assume command of the Revolutionary troops

Grays Hall (1863) became the College's first building with water taps in the basement (residents of other buildings had to haul water from pumps in Harvard Yard); this freshman dorm housed Malia Obama, Natalie Portman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Norman Mailer

Grays Hall (1863) became the College's first building with water taps in the basement (residents of other buildings had to haul water from pumps in Harvard Yard); this freshman dorm housed Malia Obama, Natalie Portman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Norman Mailer

Harvard Hall (1764) is the fourth oldest building on campus and is designed in High Georgian style; this classroom building housed the country's first experimental physics laboratory and the university's first mineralogical collections

Harvard Hall (1764) is the fourth oldest building on campus and is designed in High Georgian style; this classroom building housed the country's first experimental physics laboratory and the university's first mineralogical collections

The 1973 Science Center, funded by the inventor of the Polaroid camera, is Harvard's main classroom and laboratory building for undergraduate science and math; the plaza between it and Harvard Yard is used for food trucks, roller skating, ice skating, and other activities such as markets and concerts

The 1973 Science Center, funded by the inventor of the Polaroid camera, is Harvard's main classroom and laboratory building for undergraduate science and math; the plaza between it and Harvard Yard is used for food trucks, roller skating, ice skating, and other activities such as markets and concerts

Holworthy Hall (1812) is a freshman dorm that housed many writers of The Simpsons, Horatio Alger, Conan O'Brien, Deval Patrick, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, Pete Buttigieg, Jeffrey Zucker and James Murdoch

Holworthy Hall (1812) is a freshman dorm that housed many writers of The Simpsons, Horatio Alger, Conan O'Brien, Deval Patrick, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, Pete Buttigieg, Jeffrey Zucker and James Murdoch

Memorial Church (1932) stands opposite the Widener Library across Harvard Yard; notable Harvard alums include Thoreau, Emerson, FDR, John Adams, Helen Keller, Benazir Bhutto, JFK, Al Gore, WEB DuBois, Bill Gates and Barack and Michelle Obama

Memorial Church (1932) stands opposite the Widener Library across Harvard Yard; notable Harvard alums include Thoreau, Emerson, FDR, John Adams, Helen Keller, Benazir Bhutto, JFK, Al Gore, WEB DuBois, Bill Gates and Barack and Michelle Obama

University Hall(1815), designed by the great early American architect Charles Bulfinch, lies at the heart of Harvard Yard; a neoclassical icon, it's built of white granite, a departure from the red brick designs of other early campus buildings

University Hall(1815), designed by the great early American architect Charles Bulfinch, lies at the heart of Harvard Yard; a neoclassical icon, it's built of white granite, a departure from the red brick designs of other early campus buildings

Matthews Hall (1872) is a freshman dorm on Harvard Yard that has housed Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, William Randolph Hearst, Robert Rubin, Maura Healey and John Dos Passos

Matthews Hall (1872) is a freshman dorm on Harvard Yard that has housed Matt Damon, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank, William Randolph Hearst, Robert Rubin, Maura Healey and John Dos Passos

The Arthur Sackler Museum was built in 1985 to house the University's collection of Asian Art; Sackler died more than a decade before OxyContin was developed but students have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the Sackler name removed from the building

The Arthur Sackler Museum was built in 1985 to house the University's collection of Asian Art; Sackler died more than a decade before OxyContin was developed but students have lobbied unsuccessfully to have the Sackler name removed from the building

I didn't expect to see a wild turkey in the street at Harvard!; Harvard was the only college in the New World from its founding in 1636 until 1693 when the College of William and Mary was established

I didn't expect to see a wild turkey in the street at Harvard!; Harvard was the only college in the New World from its founding in 1636 until 1693 when the College of William and Mary was established

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