Monthly Archives: December 2014


sant’ana museum, tiradentes

The Sant’Ana Museum opened last September in Tiradentes, in our old colonial prison.  Saint Anne is believed to be Mary’s mother, or Christ’s grandmother, and entered the Roman Catholic liturgy in the 12th c.  Brought to Brazil by the Portuguese, the mythology around Sant’Ana flourished in the verdant tropics, where […]


driving the appalachians

To escape the I-95 corridor, more and more often I go inland and travel along the East Coast’s long inland range.  What beauties, both natural and man-made, to encounter!  Recently I revisited the Blue Ridge Parkway (speed limit 45mph) and the Skyline Drive (speed limit 35mph), far more enticing drives […]


Dinosaur Land, VA

Between the first climb to the Skyline Drive and the intersection with the amazing transcontinental US-50, can be found this pre-historic and engrossing tourist trap, along US-340 near White Post, where I have stopped in wonder over the years.  The extensive knick-knack shop has a good selection of US flags, […]


Mini-Graceland, VA

Right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, in Roanoke, VA, can be found a mini-wonder also called Elvis City, a back- and front yard extravaganza built by the deceased Don Epperly.  His son Mike has taken up the mantle, though upkeep conditions, like the legend, appear to be long in the […]