Tag Archives: history

Bannerman Castle: A Collaborative Effort Towards Preservation

On Pollepel island, just 60 miles north of New York City, sits Bannerman castle. This crumbling edifice is accessible to the public through scheduled tours, and hosts events on the island. There is much that goes into preserving such a location, and that is where the Bannerman Castle Trust Inc. comes into play.

The first of May: Otherwise known as Latvian Independence Day

When you get off the plane at the Riga International Airport, you are met with a transportation facility of modest size. While this is Latvia’s largest airport, it pales in comparison to most American airports centered in cities of the same size. But this speaks volumes about Latvia; modest, restrained, yet beautiful. Once you enter the […]

Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Hip Seaport of New England

It is a brilliant crisp autumn day. The clouds linger overhead, moving without purpose, a slow jaunt across the cerulean sky. They billow like cotton balls taped to a child’s diorama. Leaves still cling to the trees late in the year, and they have just began their transformation into the brilliant fireworks show which explodes […]

The Wolf’s Lair: The Crumbling Remains of Hitler’s Stronghold in Poland

Tom and I sat in the Vilnius airport, staring at the small screen on my iPhone, as Safari sluggishly loaded a map from our location to Gierloz, Poland. After idle conversation, the map eventually informed us of our journey, and we were pleased to find that only 150 miles, and no more than three hours […]

Hill of Crosses: Lithuanian Defiance in the Face of Oppression

I am not religious by any means, and if you think this post will be a theological discussion, then I am sure you can find another site on the internet which will pander to your ecclesiastic proclivities. Instead, this is about my travel to this historical site, and the significance this location played in Lithuanian nationalistic […]