50 States/50 Countries – World’s Best Museums

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I love art. We have been fortunate to visit some of the greatest museums in the world…Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Le Louvre, and Musée D’Orsay, Paris, France. The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece. State Hermitage Museum and Palace, St. Petersburg,  The British Museum, London, England. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.Farmer (2)The Vatican Museums, Vatican City, and The Uffizi Gallery, Italy. The Art Institute of Chicago and many more. Here are but a few of the original masterpieces we have spent hours admiring…

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50 States/50 Countries – Today’s Photo

Sorry, I’ve been away for awhile. My computer crashed and I almost lost all my photos. Fortunately, the geeks at Best Buy were able to download my hard drive and I am back in business.

IMG_4617 (4)The American bison or buffalo is a magnificent creature and I have been fortunate to get close to these animals in the wild (my wife says too close because they can be very dangerous)… and capture some images that to me represent the wild west and the natural beauty of this country.IMG_4942 (3)These photos were shot in both Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and Teddy Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.IMG_4601 (3)DSC01759 (2)

 

50 States/50 Countries – Cuba

 

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Everyone got excited when Americans were cleared to go to Cuba in 2016, but there was a window in 1973 when Russian cruise ships were allowed to sail to Cuba from New Orleans. We went…

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This was our voyage aboard the M/S Kazakhstan…

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Interesting to experience the Russian traditions to included costumes, food, language and even a friendly US vs USRR basketball competition…

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And then there was Cuba…communist country, many years under Castro, since the fifties, cars looking the same, famous Tropicana nightclub, 100% employment (including standing on the corner), former US mansions & hotels turned into museums…

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Check out the cars…

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Tropicana…

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Another exciting adventure in the Caribbean…Rich

 

50 States/50 Countries – The Great Wall

 

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The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups. 

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The Great Wall is one of the few man-made objects that can be seen from space, but not from the moon as the myth suggests. It was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and is approximately 6000km long and stretches across North China from east to west for over 6,000 kilometers.

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Exploring in communist China…

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Another exciting adventure in the far east…Rich

 

50 States/50 Countries – Panama

One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken…The Panama Canal.PICT1472 (2)

The canal, a 48-mile narrow waterway connecting a series of lakes and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans with locks on both ends to account for the different water levels, significantly reduced shipping times and eliminated the need to navigate the treacherous Cape Horn.

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The construction of the canal was completed in 1914, 401 years after Panama was first crossed by Vasco Núñez de Balboa. The United States spent almost $375,000,000 (roughly equivalent to $9,169,650,000 now) to finish the project. The canal was formally opened on August 15, 1914, with the passage of the cargo ship SS Ancon.

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We visited the canal in December 1973, taking a train from Colon on the Atlantic side, riding alongside the waterway until we reached…

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Panama City on the Pacific side, viewed the locks, ate at a MacDonalds (where there was no cue and the hamburger buns were weird),

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and then returned back to Colon. Only later we discovered the train often was filled with bandidos and very dangerous.

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Another exciting adventure in Central America…Rich