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Victrola Museum in Delaware

We stepped through the red double doors and into the sounds of Enrico Caruso.  The tightly packed Johnson Victrola Museum in Dover, Delaware, commemorates the mechanical and business genius of Eldridge Reeves Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, manufacturer of the Victrola.  It’s a visit to an earlier time, both simple and exciting, when… Read More Victrola Museum in Delaware

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A Tale of Two City-States

“Does this bus go to Hadrian’s Arch?” The question came from a casually clad, middle-aged fellow traveler as he squeezed aboard the full shuttle from the Athens Athenaeum InterContinental Hotel, where he and I both happened to be staying.  Inside the van was a microcosm of what it’s like to travel through Mediterranean Europe:  a… Read More A Tale of Two City-States

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Smithsonian Museums

Last week I enjoyed a kind of homecoming as I played tourist in my adopted home city of Washington, D.C. I started off at the National Gallery of Art, where one of my favorite pieces is Vincent Van Gogh’s Vase with Roses: Standing inches from the painting is a brush with greatness. Since it is… Read More Smithsonian Museums