Thursday, July 26, 2012

Erzsébet Square

Budapest
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and someone took a really great photo of it.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Brusno, Slovakia: origins

So our main travel destination was a village in Slovakia where my father's father was born. Our dad had been trying to track down his origins for the last two years and it turned out to be a great adventure.
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We arrived by train, and we weren't sure how much this was all really going to pan out as my dad hadn't heard back from the mayor, who he had repeatedly emailed but hadn't heard back from.
So we walked by town hall and heard a women yell "Gary." It was the mayor and she had read the emails and was expecting us. Her admin assistant had dug through the archives and found his birth record and a women who still lived in the village but knew my dad's uncle who immigrated to Canada.
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The mayor had also arranged the local english teacher to come translate. He took us to the church where my great-grandfather would have been baptized.
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And where their home would have been
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It was a beautiful mountain village, and seems to be a ski town.
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It was pretty amazing
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Friday, July 20, 2012

Naples, Italy

A brief stop in Naples en route to Pompeii.
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grifters galore
some other stuff found in the streets here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mt. Sterling, KY

As we gear up to head to Louisville for the weekend (omg-girltalk!!!) all I can think is: 'why didn't I just spend the week in Kentucky?'


Some pics from earlier in the summer:
A rain day in early June led to exploring Mt. Sterling, Kentucky
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'official candy supplier to the Kentucky derby'
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from Virtual Tourist: "Gaitskill mound is a legacy to the Adena people who inhabited this region between 800 BC and 700 AD. The Indian burial mound is one of the best preserved in the region."
View from the top:
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So I drove around searching for this, and it was nested between the Lowes, Walmart and Advanced Auto Parts.  It looked like kids drink beers and drive up over the mound...
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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

happy 4th

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Red White and Boom, 2011, Columbus Ohio