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North America » United States » Virginia » Williamsburg July 15th 2008

My brother, who is a Master of Arms in the Navy, had been on leave for nearly two weeks, and Kristen and I offer to drive him back down to his base, NAS Oceana, in Virginia Beach, VA. We decide to leave a few days before he is due back and make a short vacation out of the drive. We first drive to the western side of Virginia, in Stuarts Draft, near the Blue Ridge Mountains, to stay the night with our grandfather. The next morning we drive to Williamsburg. Jamie and I had been to this area years ago for a family vacation, and we had all agreed that it was a rather underwhelming experience. Deciding to give it another shot, we check into our hotel and begin wandering the streets. We forgo the admission ... read more
Jamie and I with our grandfather
Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome November 24th 2007

It took very little convincing for Kristen to agree to go to Rome for our honeymoon. The only other European city that we’ve been to is Paris, and Rome is noticeably different in many ways. Paris is an expansive city filled with open spaces, wide boulevards, and an often Gothic beauty. It is much more spread out and things are sometimes a very long walk from the city-center. However, the city also has a terrific metro system. Rome does not. Each time the Eternal City tries to expand its metro, more archaeological finds are unearthed and work ceases. Unfortunately, its bus system is also not up to Parisian standards. Rome is instead characterized by narrow, crooked cobble-stoned streets that twist maze-like throughout its heart, often revealing historic treasures around every corner. Indeed, it is a very ... read more
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago August 21st 2007

August 16, 2007 Kristen and I are traveling to Chicago, IL, with my parents to attend the graduation ceremony of my brother, Jamie. He has joined the Navy to become a Master of Arms and is ending his recruit training at Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago, where our hotel is. Unable to see him until after the graduation, we decide to spend the afternoon driving around the area, through a relatively bleak North Chicago. Industry seems to have long abandoned the area. We drive into Wisconsin before turning back, stopping at Illinois Beach State Park to put our feet in Lake Michigan. August 17, 2007 The next morning is the graduation ceremony, and after a thorough security check we are able to see some of the base, the architecture of which is utilitarian and ... read more
Jamie's Naval graduation
Jamie in Waukegan
Cloud Gate in Millenium Park

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