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Lockhart

Venice-Boothville

Everything has to end somewhere, and the Mississippi River, The Great River Road, and the peninsula at the very tip of the State of Louisiana all peter out near this magnificent Black Cormorant bayou in the famous Mississippi delta. The mighty river and its road arrive here after […]

Tejon Pass

For the uninitiated, The Big One refers to a magnathrust earthquake predicted by some geologists for the San Andreas Fault in Southern California, to occur sometime in the next century. What makes the event particularly threatening is the string of finger faults that feed off the main fault […]

Tucson

Early jet fighters crowd the fields of the Boneyard, as this section of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is popularly known, in Tucson, Arizona. More than 4,200 war planes of every type and description have been retired here since World War II, making for a breathtaking illustration of the […]

Roma

SPQR stands for the Latin phrase, Senatus Populusque Romanus and refers to the Senate and People of the ancient city of Rome. In the days of the Roman Republic, the acronym found its way onto everything from grand monuments and legionnaire standards to coins and pothole covers. The […]

English

In Eastern Europe all of the way to the Bosphorus, everyone speaks English–except for the tourists. Whether it’s a French girl talking to her Romanian uncle, an Austrian passenger ordering coffee from a Turkish conductor, or an Italian with a defective passport remonstrating with a Bulgarian border guard, […]

București

Pity the poor Nicolae Ceaușescu. His life was the ultimate expression of the homily that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. On the one hand, we have the hardscrabble, but immensely attractive and handsome idealist who clawed his way to the pinnacle of Romanian socialism. […]

Saint-Loup de Varennes

A massive concrete sign outside this village just north of Chalon-sur-Saone in Bourgogne announces that Nicéphore Niépce invented photography here in 1822. For once, one of these weird historical claims appears to be accurate–as long as you define photography as the permanent imprinting of images on light-sensitive materials […]