Blog Entries for the 'History' Category

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War through the eyes of a 5 yr-old, strength of the human spirit, and new school opens!

What can we learn from a 5 yr-old? – a unique perspective on war and the endurance of the human spirit. It is the love, joy and spirit of the Cambodian people that make us so grateful to you for donating enough to fund a new primary school for them! Stay tuned for news of the opening ceremony of the Ian Tilden School on April 7th and 8th!

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Anne Frank Post

Hey wanna read about Anne Frank! Well here ya go! (sorry that it’s really late, but somethings better than nothing!!

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WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT PYRAMIDS ???

Were the Egyptians the only ones who build great pyramids? Did aliens help with the construction? How many years did Egyptians build pyramids (it’s not as many as you might think!) Uncover the answers and other fun facts in this guest post by Doug Tilden.

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Pompeii: A Life-Changing Experience

I never expected Pompeii to have much of an impression on me- I could not have been more mistaken. The city connected me to the past in a way I have never experienced before. It is one of the greatest things I have seen in my life.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower was not only amazing to see, but there are some pretty interesting stories and trivia surrounding this monument that has had over 2 billion visitors. Do you think Gustave Eiffel was the architect? Think again. Why was there a plan to tear down the tower? Has the tower been used for military purposes? Which sport can be performed in the Eiffel Tower each winter? Who fared better, those who parachuted from the tower or bungee jumped off of it?

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Paris – Notre Dame

Read some interesting facts about Notre Dame and its history – it took 200 years to build! Also see some pictures from the top (a 422 step climb) and get a bird’s eye view of its famous gargoyles.

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Les Catacombs of Paris

A two hour wait was rewarded with a trip into dark tunnels that were quarries in the Middle Ages, but the site of several million skeletons, which were transferred to the Catacombs at the end of the 18th century because overcrowded cemeteries were becoming a threat to human health, made most of us wish we were still outside in line.

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Paris the Louvre
Paris – The Louvre

The Louvre is one of the greatest museums in the world, but on this trip it came up against tired kids and a serious distraction right outside its entrance…an Apple Store of all things. The kids still went on the hunt for what interested them most – see Bella’s photos from her exploration of this treasure.

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Paris Shakespeare & Co
Paris – Shakespeare and Co

See inside one of Paris’ most famous shops – Shakespeare and Company – which has been a hang out spot for the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and still offers a place for young writers to live and work. Plus a stop at the cafe next store with great views of Notre Dame across the Seine.

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Paris – a delight to explore!

Wandering around Paris was our favorite activity. Around every corner you find a new delight for the eyes in the beautiful architecture or in a world famous institution like the Louvre or the Musee d’Orsay. Or you might just sit at one of the many sidewalk cafes and watch the people stroll by and the city in action. Also – pigeons, the subway, a Parisian pet store and more…

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