Victory statue, Carnavalet Museum, Paris

Victory statue, Carnavalet Museum, Paris

Paris, France — Victory statue by sculptor Louis-Simon Boizot in the Victory Courtyard Garden (Cour de la Victoire Jardin) at the Carnavalet Museum. It is his original version of the gilded Victory statue which tops the Fontaine du Palmier in the Place du Châtelet.

Carnavalet Museum, Paris: Garden & Victory statue

Carnavalet Museum, Paris: Garden & Victory statue

Paris, France — The Victory courtyard garden (Cour de la Victoire Jardin) at the Carnavalet Museum. Four beds of patterned boxwoods occupy the courtyard's four corners, and a statue of Victory stands atop a pedestal centered on the terrace. The Victory statue is by...

Place des Vosges, Paris, France

Place des Vosges, Paris, France

Paris, France — Dan Falato stands in the Place des Vosges, the centerpiece of the Marais district built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612. Originally known as the Place Royale, it was the exclusive residence of the rich and powerful of France until the Revolution. In...

Place de la Bastille, Paris, France

Place de la Bastille, Paris, France

Paris, France — The Place de la Bastille and its July Column, on the site of the former Bastille prison (Bastille Saint-Antoine), which was stormed on the morning of July 14, 1789. Although revolutionaries discovered only seven prisoners inside, the storming of the...

Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, Reims, France

Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral, Reims, France

Reims, France — Notre-Dame de Reims (Our Lady of Reims), the Roman Catholic cathedral where the kings of France were once crowned, and the seat of the Archdiocese of Reims. Construction on this cathedral began shortly after a fire on July 6, 1210 destroyed the...

Behind Cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

Behind Cathedral of Limburg an der Lahn, Germany

Limburg an der Lahn, Hesse, Germany — Stone tower and building behind the Cathedral of Limburg (a.k.a. Georgsdom or Limburger Dom in German). Both the cathedral and the castle of Limburg (Das Schloss) are situated on a rock dropping steeply to the valley of the river...

Witch hunt victims memorial, Idstein, Germany

Witch hunt victims memorial, Idstein, Germany

Idstein, Germany — Marble plaque listing the names of the victims of the witch hunts conducted by John, Count of Nassau-Idstein between February 3, 1676 and March 31, 1677. A total of 31 women and 8 men were executed for witchcraft. The plaque is displayed at the foot...

Timber-frame (half-timbered) houses: Idstein, Germany

Timber-frame (half-timbered) houses: Idstein, Germany

Idstein, Germany — Timber-frame or "half-timbered" buildings dating from about 1600 at König-Adolf-Platz ("King Adolf Place"). At left is the Gasthaus zur Pfeif, a cozy restaurant and pub. The house was built in 1615 and originally housed a leather tannery. At...

Rialto Zum Tal restaurant, Idstein, Germany

Rialto Zum Tal restaurant, Idstein, Germany

Idstein, Germany — A timber-frame or "half-timbered" building, seen at night in Idstein's Altstadt ("Old Town"). Situated on Idstein's Marktplatz at Am Hexenturm, it now houses the Rialto Zum Tal, an Italian restaurant, ice cream parlor, and pasticceria. Because of...

Northern tip of Wisconsin on Lake Superior

Northern tip of Wisconsin on Lake Superior

Town of Russell, Bayfield County, Wisconsin — This is pretty much as far north as you can go in Wisconsin without taking a boat to the Apostle Islands. Near Little Sand Bay, a dirt road called Point Detour Road comes to an end near Lake Superior. At the end of the...

Victorian mansion: Bayfield, Wisconsin bed & breakfast

Victorian mansion: Bayfield, Wisconsin bed & breakfast

Bayfield, Wisconsin — Le Chateau Boutin is a 1908 Queen Anne Victorian mansion on Rice Ave. between Front St. and First St. which now serves as a bed and breakfast inn. Overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, it includes seven guest rooms furnished with...

Madeline Island Ferry trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin

Madeline Island Ferry trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin

Bayfield, Wisconsin — Ferry boat trip on Lake Superior from Madeline Island back to Bayfield on the Madeline Island Ferry Line after bicycling around Madeline Island all morning on the Burroughs Memorial Trail.

Lower Wacker Drive rebuilding, Chicago

Lower Wacker Drive rebuilding, Chicago

Chicago, Illinois — E. Wacker Drive, just south of the Michigan Avenue bridge, during Phase One of the massive "Revive Wacker Drive" project, rebuilding Wacker Drive from Michigan Avenue to Randolph Street in 2001-2002. At left is the London Guarantee Building, and on...

‘Jesus Coming Soon’ neon sign, Lahaina, Hawaii

‘Jesus Coming Soon’ neon sign, Lahaina, Hawaii

Lahaina, Hawaii — The Apostolic Faith Church, with its "Jesus Coming Soon" neon sign, at 1211 Front Street. This location is a branch of the mother church — the Apostolic Faith Church at 1043 Middle St. in Honolulu, on the Island of Oahu, which was the subject of a...

Chef James McDonald, Maui

Chef James McDonald, Maui

Honokowai, Hawaii — Restaurant owner and chef James McDonald (Pacific'O, I'O, Feast at Lele) plates some sample dishes for his guest appearance on Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl's show during a broadcast from Maui's Aston Kaanapali Shores resort.

Henry Kapono, Steve Dahl, Tom Thayer on Maui

Henry Kapono, Steve Dahl, Tom Thayer on Maui

Honokowai, Hawaii — Hawaiian music superstar Henry Kapono, Chicago radio personality Steve Dahl, and Chicago Bears analyst and former offensive lineman Tom Thayer chat during a break in a live Steve Dahl Show broadcast from Maui's Aston Kaanapali Shores resort.

Humpback whale breaching off Maui

Humpback whale breaching off Maui

Off Lahaina, Hawaiii — A humpback whale breaches during our Pacific Whale Foundation Whalewatch Eco-tour. The brim of Amy's hat is in the bottom-right corner, and the pink hat is worn by our friend Ali Gerakaris. The island of Lanai is in the background. Just prior to...

Surfing Maui: Honolua Bay

Surfing Maui: Honolua Bay

Near Kapalua, Hawaii — Surfers riding waves in Maui's Honolua Bay, as seen from the cliffs on Honolua Bay's northeast side.

Maui surfing spectators, Honolua Bay

Maui surfing spectators, Honolua Bay

Near Kapalua, Hawaii — Spectators watch surfers from the cliffs on the northeast side of Maui's Honolua Bay, with clouds over the West Maui Mountains in the distance. If you ever need Maui maps, a Maui beach guide, or ideas for things to do on Maui, Maui Revealed: The...

Dragon’s Teeth lava formations, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Dragon’s Teeth lava formations, Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii — Lava formations eroded by salt spray at Dragon's Teeth (Makalua-puna Point) on the northern shore of West Maui. The hotel in the distance at right is the world-class golf resort, The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, Maui

Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii — The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua, annual home of the PGA Tour season-opening Tournament of Champions, offers 36 holes of championship golf on two courses, as well as the Kapalua Golf Academy. This exclusive hotel contains 463 guest rooms, one and two...

Lanai from Maui’s Kaanapali Beach

Lanai from Maui’s Kaanapali Beach

Hawaii — The island of Lanai as seen from Kaanapali Beach, south of Kahekili Beach Park and just north of Black Rock, near the Royal Lahaina Resort. From 1985 to 2012, 98 percent of Lanai was owned by Dole Foods billionaire David Murdock. In June of 2012, Oracle CEO...

Hana Airport terminal, Maui, Hawaii

Hana Airport terminal, Maui, Hawaii

Hana, Maui, Hawaii — A worker behind a counter in the tiny passenger terminal at Hana Airport (HNM). On the radio is Super Bowl XXXVI, but Amy and I could not care less. We are here for our Hang Gliding Maui flights with Armin Engert.

Hang Gliding Maui: Light aircraft

Hang Gliding Maui: Light aircraft

Hana, Maui, Hawaii — Pilot Armin Engert (right) prepares his Airborne 2000 Edge X micro-light trike at Hana Airport (HNM) before taking Amy on one of his Hang Gliding Maui powered hang gliding flights above Hana.

Maui real estate: Nahiku home

Maui real estate: Nahiku home

Nahiku, Hawaii — Beautiful Maui home and lawn at Nahiku on the island's windward coast, seen on a side excursion off the Hana Highway. Beatles guitarist, singer, and songwriter George Harrison had an estate very near here, so we wanted to explore the area.

Flight to Maui: West Maui Mountains

Flight to Maui: West Maui Mountains

Maui County, Hawaii — The West Maui Mountains near Waikapu viewed from the air on our plane's approach into Kahului Airport (OGG). The road is the Kuihelani Highway, State Highway 380. To the right, it takes you to the airport. To the left, we'll soon be driving...

Flight to Maui: Hana Highway at Maliko Bay

Flight to Maui: Hana Highway at Maliko Bay

Maui County, Hawaii — A view from the air at waves crashing against Maui's windward coast, northeast of Paia and northwest of Haiku, where the Hana Highway winds around Maliko Bay and crosses Maliko Gulch.

Ghost sign: Gold Medal Flour, Wilton, Wisconsin bakery

Ghost sign: Gold Medal Flour, Wilton, Wisconsin bakery

Wilton, Wisconsin — Ghost sign advertising Gold Medal Flour on the side of Gina's Pies Are Square, a bakery and sandwich café at 400 Main St. featuring homemade pies. Many of the customers at Gina's are cyclists riding Wisconsin's Elroy-Sparta Trail, a 32-mile,...

Gina’s Pies Are Square restaurant, Wilton, Wisconsin

Gina’s Pies Are Square restaurant, Wilton, Wisconsin

Wilton, Wisconsin — Customers order and eat lunch at Gina’s Pies Are Square, a cafe at 400 Main Street, not far from the Elroy-Sparta Trail, a 32-mile, three-tunnel bike trail which passes just north of the restaurant on the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad...

Mule-Hide roofing and shingles sign, Wilton, Wisconsin

Mule-Hide roofing and shingles sign, Wilton, Wisconsin

Wilton, Wisconsin — Sign for Mule-Hide roofing and shingles on the door of the old lumber yard in the 700 block of Main Street. The sign boasts that Mule-Hide is "stronger and lasts longer," and that there's "not a kick in a million feet." Wilton Sash & Door Co....

Mule-Hide roofing sign, old lumber yard, Wilton Wis.

Mule-Hide roofing sign, old lumber yard, Wilton Wis.

Wilton, Wisconsin — Sign for Mule-Hide roofing on the door of the old lumber yard in the 700 block of Main Street. Wilton Sash & Door Co. installed a new garage door in July 2011, but saved the old sign. The building is just north of the Elroy-Sparta Trail.

Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail: Tunnel 1, Wilton, Wisconsin

Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail: Tunnel 1, Wilton, Wisconsin

Wilton, Wisconsin — The east entrance to Tunnel 1 on the Elroy-Sparta Trail, the first Rails to Trails project in America. The 32-mile trail follows the abandoned Chicago & North Western Railroad bed, and passes through three rock tunnels. Tunnel 1 was completed...

Golden sky over Kenosha, Wisconsin

Golden sky over Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha, Wisconsin — Sunset casts a dramatic golden light over cars on 18th Street, just east of 30th Avenue at Glenwood Crossings Shopping Center.

Coast Guard Station Kenosha,1866 lighthouse

Coast Guard Station Kenosha,1866 lighthouse

Kenosha, Wisconsin — At left, Coast Guard Station Aids to Navigation Team (STANT) Kenosha. At right, the 1866 Kenosha Southport Light. Both are situated on Simmons Island and are seen here across the water of Kenosha's harbor. In the eastern distance, beyond Simmons...

Kenosha: Holiday Inn Express on the harbor

Kenosha: Holiday Inn Express on the harbor

Kenosha, Wisconsin — The Holiday Inn Express (now the Best Western Harborside Inn & Kenosha Conference Center) at the west end of Kenosha's harbor. The dramatic lighting in this photo is completely natural. Dark rain clouds had just passed over, followed by some...

Double rainbow over Kenosha Harbor

Double rainbow over Kenosha Harbor

Kenosha, Wisconsin — A double rainbow appears over the harbor as the setting sun spotlights Kenosha's two Lake Michigan lighthouses: At left, the 1866 Kenosha Southport Light and, at the far end of the harbor, the red Kenosha North Pier Light.

Holiday Inn Express, Kenosha harbor

Holiday Inn Express, Kenosha harbor

Kenosha, Wisconsin — The Holiday Inn Express at the west end of Kenosha's harbor. To the right of the hotel is the 50th Street bridge onto Simmons Island.

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