This museum rattles everyone. A museum dedicated to the most feared snake in America? Brilliant!  Located in Old Town Albuquerque, the American International Rattlesnake Museum is dedicated to the preservation and education of rattlesnakes.  There are other various reptiles that are housed in the museum but the rattlesnake is the star of the show.  Make sure you are there for a demonstration and question and answer session with the owner, Bob Meyers. You can also…

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The Emperor of Cuckoos, Triberg Germany

November 9, 2015

The person who made this was cuckoo. The village of Triberg Germany is the undisputed cuckoo clock capital of the world. (Try to say that 10x fast.) As you walk the main street of the village you’ll see (and hear) clocks everywhere.  There are even a few massice cuckoos.  But don’t stop there. Take a drive down the B33 as it leaves town toward Hornberg you will come to Edle Uhren-Park, the home of the…

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Giant’s Causeway, North Ireland

November 2, 2015

Some bridges need to be torn down. In the ancient of days, when giants and beasts still wandered Eire, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool) lived a happy existence on the Antrim coast with the love of his life, his wife Oonagh… that was until the incessant taunts of his rival in Scotland, Benandonner came to a head. Benandonner often came to the Scottish coast teasing Finn from afar and challenging him to battles to prove…

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The Amazon, Peru

October 26, 2015

The hardest and best trip I’ve ever been a part of. There are a few voyages that take on mythic proportions when you dream about them:  crossing the seas for a chance to stand on Antarctica, climbing mountains in Nepal, a sailboat journey through the South Pacific, or hiking the Appalachian Trail.  A few years ago, I took a mythic journey that remains one of the best voyages I have ever been a part of:…

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The Banff Merman, Banff Alberta Canada

October 19, 2015

Banff’s oldest celebrity resident. Banff is one of those rich and famous getaways where you don’t expect to find anything curious.  Sure, there is abundant natural beauty and lots of high end restaurants but oddities aren’t in the picture… that is unless you wander into the Indian Trading Post. Walk into the back room, past the stuffed grizzly, numerous taxidermy creatures, and authentic native artifacts and your eyes will meet an oddity delight and a…

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The Gypsy Altar, Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France

October 12, 2015

Where do gypsies go on pilgrimage? In the tiny seaside town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in southern France is a church like no other in the world. The Sanctuary of the Three Maries is a Norman fortressed site built on the remains of a much older sanctuary. The church marks the villages special place in the history of Christianity. According to legend, Mary Salome, Mary Jacobea, Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, Martha and Maximin were put to death…

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Hand Handles, Saarbrücken Germany

October 5, 2015

Shake a hand, open a door. On the front doors of the 17th century St. John’s Basilica in Saarbrücken, Germany are four unique handles to the church. Shaped out of hands, these handles are beautifully crafted. Travel Curiosities Grade: B+ (Stop-worthy if Near) Kath.-Kirch-Straße 66111 Saarbrücken  Germany