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LANDSCAPES: HOW TO USE THIS CATEGORY (Fun Facts)

It’s so true.  It’s also true that those who know at least a few tidbits of  information about the Landscapes and Natural Wonders of America, find that their vacation is more meaningful than it might have been otherwise.  Knowing a little about…

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RELIGION: HOW TO USE THIS CATEGORY (Fun Facts)

It’s so true.  It’s also true that those who know at least a few tidbits of  information about the History of Religion in America, find that their vacation is more meaningful than it might have been otherwise.  The faith of a region,…

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ART & ARCHITECTURE: HOW TO USE THIS CATEGORY (Fun Facts)

It’s so true.  It’s also true that those who know at least a few tidbits of  information about the art and architecture that they are seeing, find that their vacation is more meaningful than it might have been otherwise.  ************************************* Here in…

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ARCHITECTURAL STYLES SUMMARY

  1). PUEBLOAN ERA: 1500-1650 Built by ancient Puebloan people * Made with sticks, mud and grass * Built into cliffs and caves * Intended for community living & worship 2). COLONIAL ERA:  1600-1800  Built in the style of the…

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HISTORY: HOW TO USE THIS CATEGORY (Fun Facts)

Ben is right.  It’s also true that those who know at least a few tidbits of historical information about whatever they are seeing or doing, find that their vacation is more meaningful than it might have been otherwise.  ************************************* Here…

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INTRODUCTION TO: THE 9 REGIONS OF THE U.S.

REGIONS OF THE UNITED STATES SUMMARY & OVERVIEW  I have sectioned off the U.S. into 9 different regions in order to be able to share stories from the road as well as tidbits of info to make your trip planning…

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RELIGION: (First Folks) Fun Facts

RELIGION IN NORTH AMERICA Up until Approximately 500 A.D. Religion in America obviously starts long before America was America, or North and South America were independent from each other.  In fact, the entire continent was thought of as one huge…

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REGION 1: RELIGION (New Europe) Fun Facts

The area that we call ‘New Europe’, comprised of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick (with Canada’s outer islands), Vermont and Maine begins its religious contribution into the New World with Roman Catholic and Puritan roots. With the discovery of the rich…

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HISTORY: (First Folks) Fun Facts

HISTORY IN NORTH AMERICA Up until Approximately 500 A.D. History in America obviously starts long before America was America, or North and South America were independent from each other.  In fact, the entire continent was thought of as one huge…

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REGION 2: RELIGION (The Original 13) Fun Facts

  The Region we refer to as ‘New England’ is made up of the 13 original British Colonies.  Although we’ve learned that the U.S. is originally comprised of native peoples from North America and a number of different waves of…

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REGION 1 HISTORY:(New Europe) Fun Facts

In the introduction to the ‘Fun Facts’ Category within this online planning manual, I detailed the importance of knowing some key things pertaining to the history that you will be exposed to on a trip to a particular area. I…

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REGION 3: RELIGION (The Deep South) Fun Facts

Brought into the United States by the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the states of the Deep South, which include Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas have had their struggles with slavery, war and poverty.  Left here are the remnants of…

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REGION 2: HISTORY: (The Original 13) Fun Facts

NEW ENGLAND AND THE ORIGINAL 13 Virginia * New York * Massachusetts * Maryland / Washington D.C. * Rhode Island * Connecticut * New Hampshire * Delaware * North Carolina * South Carolina * New Jersey * Pennsylvania * Georgia  New…

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REGION 3: HISTORY: (The Deep South) Fun Facts

THE DEEP SOUTH Florida * Alabama * Mississippi * Louisiana * Arkansas Did you know that in order for a soldier to serve during the Civil War, he had to have at least 6 opposing front teeth?  This was so…

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REGION 4: RELIGION (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts

REGION 4: RELIGION IN BLUE GRASS COUNTRY Although in close proximity to the ‘Bible Belt’ region of the U.S., the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Ohio have a religious distinction all their own.  Bluegrass music is the voice of…

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REGION 5: RELIGION (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts

REGION 5: RELIGION IN THE BREADBASKET Not just in the middle geographically, the Midwest states of: Oklahoma * Missouri * Nebraska * Kansas * Iowa  represent the American average in terms of faith, attitude, a belief system, and core values. This…

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REGION 6: RELIGION (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts

REGION 6: RELIGION IN THE GREAT LAKES Michigan * Indiana * Wisconsin * Minnesota * Illinois Historically, the governing of this region was dependent on the social institutions that were more powerful, popular, and clearly defined than the other governing…

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REGION 4: HISTORY (Blue Grass Country) Fun Facts

BLUE GRASS COUNTRY Kentucky * Tennessee * Ohio * West Virginia  When you think of ‘Blue Grass Country’ (Region 4), what things pop into your mind?  Bluegrass (or Mountain or Country) Music? Bourbon? Horse Racing? How about… well…blue grass?!   Is…

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REGION 7: RELIGION (The Old West) Fun Facts

REGION 7: THE OLD WEST North Dakota * South Dakota * Wyoming * Montana * Colorado * Nevada Because what we refer to as the ‘Old West’ was initially comprised of territories and large undefined areas of land, for this…

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REGION 8: RELIGION (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts

REGION 8: THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST Washington * Oregon * Idaho * Northern California More so than anywhere else in the U.S., “none” is the most common response of those in the Pacific Northwest when asked about religious affiliation or identification….

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REGION 9: RELIGION (The Southwest) Fun Facts

 REGION 9: THE SOUTHWEST Central & Southern California * Texas * Arizona * Utah * New Mexico Religious and cultural differences were part of the landscape of America long before  European arrival and settlement. The native people of this land…

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REGION 5: HISTORY (The Breadbasket) Fun Facts

THE BREADBASKET Oklahoma * Missouri * Nebraska * Kansas * Iowa Open plains, cattle and pioneers are all part of the History of the (Region 5) Breadbasket Region.  Here is where the Pioneers and Settlers came to farm and ranch. …

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CROWD CONTROL IN VENICE

I loved living in Italy and I had wondered whether or not I’d ever want to return home.  Eventually I did return, but I left a good bit of myself behind in the northern part of this ‘art, architecture, wine,…

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REGION 6: HISTORY (The Great Lakes) Fun Facts

THE GREAT LAKES Michigan * Indiana * Wisconsin * Minnesota * Illinois When we think of the Great Lakes Region, images come to mind of huge ocean-like lakes, fascinating geology, forests, enormous waterfalls, shipwrecks and history dating back to before…

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REGION 7: HISTORY (The Old West) Fun Facts

THE OLD WEST North Dakota * South Dakota * Wyoming * Montana * Colorado * Nevada So much intriguing history awaits the traveler journeying into the Old West!  The Wild Wild West conjures up images of cowboys, gunfights, Indians, saloons,…

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REGION 8: HISTORY: (The Pacific Northwest) Fun Facts

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST Washington * Oregon * Idaho * Northern California  It’s hard to believe that you can drive from the peaks of the Grand Tetons to the Washington State rainforest coastline in just 16 hours! The Pacific Northwest is…

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REGION 9 HISTORY:(The Southwest) Fun Facts

REGION 9: THE SOUTHWEST Central & Southern California * Texas * Arizona * Utah * New Mexico The American Southwest sure does have its share of nature’s wonders and National Parks! Chocked full of mesas, caverns, deserts, arches, sand dunes,…

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THE RETURN FROM EUROPE

Well, we’re back! The idea of spending 32 days away from home was initially a little daunting, and I was afraid Eddie would spend the last week away wishing that this trip was over. But a few trains, a couple…

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