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The Weird and Wonderful Backstreet Cultural Museum In New Orleans

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This week we’re paying tribute to the weird and wonderful Backstreet Cultural Museum in New Orleans. Set in a former funeral parlour in Treme, this eclectic collection was curated by Sylvester Francis to document local African American traditions and includes … Continue reading

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial In Washington DC

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The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC was intended to honour those killed or missing in action, without making a political statement. The memorial, designed by the then 21-year-old Maya Lin in 1981, chronologically lists the names of the 58,272 Americans who … Continue reading

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Tennessee: That Time We Saw A Bear

In honour of Thanksgiving, this week we’re travelling to the US and the state of Tennessee. My other half has lived in the States twice – once in Tennessee and another in Connecticut. He also fondly remembers family trips to … Continue reading

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Drifting Down To New Orleans – A US Train Trip

There is a particular look people give you when you say you’ve just got off a train across the United States. It’s a look of bafflement, surprise and general disbelief that such a thing exists. And yet there we were, … Continue reading

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25.5 Hours On A Train Across America

You never really get a true sense of distance when travelling by plane. Nowhere is this more true than in America, where travelling by train is on an epic scale. We were on the Amtrak Crescent service that runs from … Continue reading

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The Battle Of The Bull Run and Manassas Battlefield National Park

Manassas, Virginia, was the site of the first major land battle of the US Civil War – the Battle of the Bull Run on July 21, 1861. The battle began after Union troops attacked a considerably smaller Confederate detachment. But … Continue reading

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Manassas, Virginia

Welcome to Manassas, Virginia – a city of 37,000 people about an hour out of Washington DC. The area is the site of two key battles of the US Civil War – the second, in 1862, happened near the height … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial

Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope This is the Martin Luther King Jr National Memorial in Washington DC. Of all those memorials on the Mall, this was the most poignant for me. When travelling around Tennessee … Continue reading

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