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The Mysteries of the Universe

by Meredith Mullins on August 21, 2017

Wolf howling in eerie darkness, setting up travel inspiration for the eerie nature of the totality of the solar eclipse. (Image © Adrian Hillman/iStock.)

The mystery of other-worldly darkness
© Adrian Hillman/iStock

Travel Inspiration: In Search of Totality

If you’re lucky, they say you may experience it once (maybe twice) in your lifetime. (Let your imagination run wild as to what we’re talking about.)

They also say it is awe-inspiring and life-changing. (Now you can really let your mind reach for the stars.)

And it has certainly been a theme of conversation and travel inspiration for many people for many months.

Final hint: Today is the day.

What is it?

Traveling the World through a Single Ghostly Garden

by Meredith Mullins on June 19, 2017

Indochina structure in the Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale, one of the hidden gardens in Paris where you are traveling the world. (Image © Meredith Mullins.)

Impressions of Indochina in the Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale
© Meredith Mullins

Hidden Gardens of Paris

Sometimes the places that are hidden in plain view are often the most interesting—places where you can create your own stories as you wander or where you can dig deep into obscure research and weave threads of information into a rich history.

Such a place is the lost Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale (Garden of Tropical Agriculture) on the outskirts of Paris at the northeastern edge of the Bois de Vincennes.

Best Way to Experience Yosemite?

by Eva Boynton on January 16, 2017

A view of Yosemite Valley, showing that to experience Yosemite fully all you need to do is open you eyes. (image © Sam Anaya)

Mountains of experience reach beyond the edge of the picture frame. 
© Sam Anaya

Open Your Eyes, Take Home the Full Picture

Whenever I set foot in Yosemite, I feel the need to capture the grandeur of nature, extend the experience, and take it home with me. But, on this trip, I put my camera down and heeded a quote from Henry David Thoreau:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

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