Where am I now?

Come travel vicariously along with me. Leave a reply with where you think I might be based on the clue below. Correct replies published within the first 24 hours of the post, will receive a small token or souvenir from that destination.

Aug 4 2009

August 4th, 2009

Today’s Where am I? really won’t be posted so much as a question as it is just an update. I’m spending the day hanging out around LAX waiting for my 9:15 pm flight to Athens, Greece. I’ve got a friend coming to take me out so I’m not sitting in the airport all day long – what a gal! The trans-Atlantic flight is just the tip of the iceberg as far as travel to my actual destination. I will arrive in Athens at 11 pm Wednesday, August 5th. Too late to do much else, I will check into the Sofitel, an on site airport hotel just outside the baggage claim doors. Thursday, August 6th after a (hopefully) good night sleep, I will find the X93 bus from the airport to the bus station in downtown Athens. It’s been two years since I have been to Athens, and even though I am not staying, I’m looking forward to being back in the city. The bus I am looking for leaves Athens at 12:30pm, and I have been advised that since I can not book tickets in advance, I should arrive early to make sure I get a seat – if I miss the 12:30 there is 4:45pm bus. Once on the bus, I will begin my four hour journey to Kyllini, Greece a port town in the Peloponnese, our base for the next 3 weeks.

At first I was doing everything I could to find a one way car rental from Athens to Patras, but now that I have settled on the idea of taking the bus, I’m excited to get going on this adventure. Next post will be from the Vigla hotel…


May 11 2009

May 12th, 2009

I am touring one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions. A city destroyed, and completely buried, during a long catastrophic eruption of a volcano spanning two days in AD 79. Although it was discovered in the 16th century, serious excavation began only in 1748, revealing a city petrified in time. In some buildings paintings and sculpture have survived, and graffiti is still visible on the walls – this I gotta see!

Where am I? What is the name of the volcano?

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The correct answers are Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. What a chunk of the top of that mountain is missing, huh? The guidebook said to allow a full day to explore, and as usual, it was right on the money. Of course, I spent 6 hours and only explored the very perimeter of the site. I have it on my plan to return this Sunday, and get over to Naples to see the museum, you know, where all the “good” stuff is, what antiquities survived the looting in the 16th Century.

Thanks for playing. This game is now closed


May 6 2009

May, 6th 2009

I am in a city that lies in the heart of the deepest valley in North America. Half-way between two National Parks, a 2.5 hour drive to either one. An hour south is the highest peak in the contiguous United States, a couple hours south-east is the lowest point in the United States. Three hours east is the area that is home to the oldest living organism in earth’s history.

Where am I? Optional – What are the National Parks? The highest peak? Lowest point? Oldest organism?

Sorry about the delay in finishing this game – the laptop DIED and, well, you must know the sort of spin that puts a person into. Thankfully we didn’t loose much data. Going computer shopping today.

The answer is the incorporated City of Bishop California. And boy, wasn’t it nice to be “home” even if it was for less than 48 hours.

Other answers, Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks. Mt. Whitney, Badwater & Bristlecone Pines.

Thanks for playing. This game is now closed.


Apr 23 2009

April 23, 2009

We’ve left Maryland, heading South toward Florida. For more than one hundred miles we have been laughing over billboards with silly enticements to get us to stop at what surely is a highlight on RoadsideAmerica.com. I guess we’re just drawn to this kinda stuff, there’s a similar attraction on I-90 in South Dakota, Wall Drug, we couldn’t resist stopping there last spring either. This area was originally founded as a beer stand back in 1950, expanded to sell trinkets and kitsch items the area now covers more than a square mile. One hint for the researchers out there – to support himself through college, the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke used to work summers here. Where am I? First five correct answers will be awarded a souvenir.

Billboards along the way include:

Keep America Green! Bring Money!

Everything old is new again!

Time for a PAWS?

ROCKET CITY! The Fireworks Supermarket

Keep yelling, kids! (They’ll stop.)

And, my all time favorite (be sure to check back tomorrow and see the video) –

You Never Sausage a Place! You’re Always a Wiener at….Pedro’s South of the Border.

Here is a three minute video capturing some of the billboards along the I-95, though they are hard to read I do say most of them out loud as we pass.

Pedro’s South of the Border is the right answer. This game is now closed


Apr 10 2009

April 10, 2009

This small building was built in 1863. Washington was a Civil War boomtown, and this business was thriving, enjoying great popularity. That is, until it’s fate was sealed on April 14, 1865, when President Abraham Lincoln was shot here by John Wilkes Booth.

Where am I?

Ford’s Theatre
America’s most famous theatre.

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This game is now closed.


Apr 9 2009

April 9, 2009

As you might know, I’m in the greater D.C. area for the month of April. Today I am touring downtown, see if you can guess where.

Towards the end of the War of 1812 our U.S. Capitol was burned, as part of what is called The Burning of Washington in August 1814. Thomas Jefferson sold a private collection to the U.S. Government to help rebuild what had been destroyed of a particular section. Jefferson’s items and much, much more were moved to a new Italian Renaissance-style building in 1897, where it remains today. This building houses the world’s largest collection of this sort. There are two names for this building.

Where am I?

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Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building

The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, With Malice Toward None, is on display in the building. My favorite items in museums are the handwritten letters and notes. To read some of Lincolns sentiment in his own handwriting was captivating for me. Of course, his Inaugural Bible 1861, Barack Obama’s Inaugural Bible 2009 was one of the highlight antiquities.

This game is now closed.


Apr 2 2009

April 2, 2009

In 1912 the Mayor of Tokyo gave a gift to a U.S. metropolis, honoring the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and celebrating the continued close relationship between our two cultures. For many years this gift has been celebrated annually. In 1994 the event turned into a two week festival to accommodate more than a million people who come to attend.

What city am I in, what was the gift, and what festival am I attending?

Washington D.C., the gift was 3000 Cherry Trees, the festival is the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This game is now closed. Thank you for playing!


Mar 31 2009

March 31, 2009

Today I am touring the largest living history museum in the United States. During the 18th Century Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, James Monroe, James Madison and dozens more helped mold democracy in this Commonwealth and the United States. Known as America’s Historic Triangle, this is where America began.

Do you know where I am?

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Colonial Williamsburg – this guessing game is closed


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