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  

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Notes from the Valley – A Spiritual Travelogue through Cancer

July 7, 2015

The night Andy talked to me about his death will always be one that stands out in my memories. Andy McQuitty is both my friend and pastor. He invited me to talk with him only weeks after receiving a grim medical diagnosis. He had Stage IV colon cancer with an 8% chance of survival. To most, this news would crumble all hope, yet Andy was as calm as I had ever seen him. Throughout the…

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Necromance, Los Angeles California

July 6, 2015

Not just for the dead. Since 1990, Necromance has become Hollywood’s premiere curiosities shop. If you are in the market for articulated skeletons, unique taxidermy, antique medical equipment, curios, avant-garde science art, creepy photography and all around oddity wonderments, Necromance is for you. The way the display their goods is half the fun.  Someone has an art/ museum sensibility that keeps the space feeling more like a gallery than a store. If you happen to…

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Giant Hawaiian Shirt, Kauai Hawaii

June 29, 2015

Check out this size 32X shirt. While heading to Kaua’i’s Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, we drove into the town of Kekaha to take the old Kokee Rd into the park.  Right before we turned on Kokee Rd we spotted a tourist shop that had an item that set this store apart from all other tourist shop.  Hanging on the outside of the shop was the largest Hawaiian shirt in existence.  I…

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Harry Potter Graffiti, Edinburgh Scotland

June 26, 2015

Accio Graffitas. In Old Edinburgh, at the ever popular Elephant House café, is a hidden secret every Harry Potter fan should know about when visiting Scotland. The Elephant House has grown in popularity because of its claim to fame: this is the supposed spot J.K. Rowling wrote a significant portion of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Though not completely true, J.K. Rowling did spend a lot of time writing in this coffee shop.  When…

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Criminal Museum, Rothenburg Germany

June 24, 2015

A rosary, each bead the size of a coconut. If you get to Germany the walled city of Rothenburg is a must for any itinerary. This remarkably preserved medieval town is a perpetual ren-faire.  And when one is in Rothenburg that person should visit the Kriminalmuseum. A thousand years of legal history are represented in this collections of the most insane and cruel punishments of torture and execution created by medieval lawmakers. The most interesting…

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The Vomiting Fountain, Mainz Germany

June 22, 2015

Imagine throwing up FOREVER! Mainz Cathedral is one of the most impressive churches in Germany. Just outside of the Cathedral is something even more impressive: a vomiting fountain. Poor guy.  Travel Curiosities Grade: A- (Photo Worthy)