Siberia, Russia Part 2 – Where Are We and What Day Is It?Written by Rick Chapo
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he speaks fluent Russian. This is a big relief as I had spent a lot of previous evening contemplating my Russian skills. That is to say, I had none. I couldn’t even pronounce name of city we would land in, Khabarovsk. I nearly had a panic attack during night when I bolted up in bed upon realization that I would have no way of knowing how to get to train or when to get off. You see, Russian language is based on Cyrillic alphabet. There is no way to wing Cyrillic alphabet. For example, letter “y” is pronounced “ch” as in Charlie. I was in definite trouble. Would rest of my life be spent riding around aimlessly on trains? The continued grinning of Tom Dickinson didn’t make me feel any better.
Our flight from Seattle to Anchorage was uneventful. Yes, we flew Alaska Airlines. While waiting for our connection in Anchorage, two thoughts kept running though my head. First, isn’t Aeroflot airline with all crashes? Second, how did a man from Kentucky become fluent in Russian? I mean, what about his accent? I was feeling less confident about my translator and decided to investigate. I started rubbing my temples when he told me that he had never been to Russia. Alas, there was no turning back. Trust me, I tried. But that’s a story to be told in Part 3 of this nomad adventure travel series…
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Longwood Gardens - A Must Stop On Your Philadelphia VacationWritten by Emily Strandford
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High tech has also been added successfully to mix of fountains and fireworks. Computer technology has brought fountain shows into 21st century in a big way. Because Pierre du Pont was always looking to improve Longwood, it's easy to imagine him being thrilled knowing that his gardens still continue to dazzle visitors.
While you're in vicinity, you will want to visit Brandywine River Museum. The Brandywine River Museum is located in a Civil-War era grist mill thats been changed to a museum. This Museum is famously known for its collection of Wyeth family paintings. It's hard to imagine that in this country-like setting is one of largest and most comprehensive Wyeth collections in world.
The Museum changes its exhibits often. Many of paintings and other artwork are centered on Brandywine Valley area, as well as other areas of this region. It's quite an experience to be looking at a painting and being able to pinpoint location.
There are also many special events during year both indoor and outdoor, such as concerts, slide shows, crafts fairs. With all presentations, you'll be ready to eat sooner than later and there are Award winning restaurants both at Longwood and The Brandywine Museum. If you are looking for something else, there are plenty of national chain establishments and fast food and everything in between, all within a 10 minute drive.
With uniqueness of these amazing gardens, you~ll discover something that will make your visit a lasting memory, no matter what your interests are. Because of spectacular beauty of open landscapes and fascinating historical presence of area, people come back over and over,again and again .
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