The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

I have distinct memories of my dad chuckling while silently reading weathered copies of James Herriot’s writings.  As an adult, on a one years stint back in Mozambique, I picked up those same copies of Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small series and I read, for the first time, literature I could truly call exquisitely written and heartwarming.  Literally.… Read More The World of James Herriot – Thirsk, Yorkshire, England

A trip through the ages and around the world – Romania’s village museums

One of Romania’s most impressive cultural and educational sites is the Astra Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization in Sibiu, central Romania.  Spread over more than 200 acres, it is Europe’s largest open-air museum, with historic structures- windmills, barns, churches, houses – from around the country transplanted on the lush terrain.  Romania’s diverse geography necessitated equally… Read More A trip through the ages and around the world – Romania’s village museums

Memorializing the Night – Elie Wiesel’s boyhood home in Sighetu, Romania

In a remote corner of northern Romania, a mile from the border of Ukraine, sits a modest blue home at the intersection of two city streets.  A small plaque memorializes this abode, the house whence Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and his family were deported during World War II. The home, which is now a museum, supposedly… Read More Memorializing the Night – Elie Wiesel’s boyhood home in Sighetu, Romania

9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC – a hot tourist spot for foreigners

“. . .  And please be respectful.  There are always families here.” The security guard, a former Marine, was absolutely serious as we exited the screening room.  We watched the 9/11 Memorial and Museum introduction video in a hall filled with non-English speakers.  Maybe they were new Americans.  Maybe not.  My guess is mostly they… Read More 9/11 Memorial and Museum in NYC – a hot tourist spot for foreigners