Travel Media Showcase is proud to share "This Is Africa: A journey from Kenya to Uganda," a spectacular photo essay by New Jersey-based landscape and portrait photographer Christopher Riley. We want to encourage this talented young man to follow his dreams of being a journalist and hope that everyone enjoys this sample of his work.
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June 29, 2016
Some of American's most intriguing mysteries surround the Anasazi culture of Mesa Verde. Modern Anthropology is uncovering many secrets about these ancient people including the fact that they are the ancestors of the modern day Pueblo tribes, thus the name has been changed. Today, they are called Ancient Puebloans. Anasazi is a Navajo word meaning "Ancient People" or "Ancient Enemy" and offensive to the Pueblo tribes.
June 29, 2016
With most museums, you expect to find all the exhibits tucked away neatly in a building. Tallahassee Musuem is so different. It's like a time capsule of Tallahassee's (and Florida's) cultural and natural history all set in a natural outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Bradford. Florida's unique wildlife, like Florida panthers and alligators are part of what make Florida, Florida, right? But you could never shut up live panthers alligators, and other Florida wildlife up in a building. So here they are roaming in as close to natural habitat as possible.
by Erin Bender
June 23, 2016
Most people dream about RVing around the United States or Australia at some time in their lives. The idea of unbridled freedom to go wherever the wind leads. Being comfortable in your own home in unfamiliar territory. Never needing to pack or unpack, working as you travel, and sleeping wherever and whenever. It's like cruising, but on land, and we love cruising.
May 17, 2016
Be honest. Are you tired of hearing about Millennials? Where they travel, what their spending habits are and -- most of all -- how obsessed they are with social media? I admit that, although I have a lot of Millennials in my life that I enjoy professionally and personally, for a while now I've been quietly waiting for the next trend to come along. For those of you with similar thoughts: Don't hold your breath.
May 1, 2016
When night spreads its velvet cloak over Bloomington, Indiana, and stars shine their brightest, it's easy to see how composer Hoagy Carmichael was inspired to write his lovely classic, "Stardust." The story goes that Carmichael - who was born in Bloomington and attend- ed Indiana University (IU) - was taking an evening stroll around the campus in 1927 when the starry night sparked his imagination. Hurrying to an old piano in the Book Nook, Carmichael composed the popular tune. Today, visitors can see Carmichael's gravesite at Rose Hill Cemetery and his statue seated at a piano on the IU campus.
May 1, 2016
A kind-faced woman smiles from a silver- framed photograph. Something about the happiness in her eyes looks familiar. A nearby picture of a young man shows a strong resemblance. He, too, radiates joy and seems almost on the verge of laughing out loud.
May 1, 2016
The rumble of snarling engines mingles with the thunderous roar of an estimated 100,000 people at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Resplendent in a spiffy white suit, Carl Fisher drives the pace car, a Stoddard-Dayton roadster, to lead the pack of 40 race cars on the first of what would become a Memorial Day tradition.
March 29, 2016
Red or green? That's what everyone asks you in New Mexico restaurants. Translation: The story goes that a waitress at the popular breakfast and lunch place on Santa Fe's Plaza, Tia Sophia's, got tired of the question so she'd just ask people if they wanted both - Christmas! Now that term is widely used all over New Mexico but Tia Sophia owner Nick Maryol, who took the poplar eatery over from his dad, swears the story is true.
March 28, 2016
It's a risk as well as an adventure - stopping for a green chile cheeseburger lunch (a New Mexico specialty) at a grocery store/gas station along the state's Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail. We were at Bodes General Store (established 1919 but long before that was a post office, stage coach stop and jail as well as a store) in the tiny (under 600 people - one person per square mile) town of Abiquiu which incidentally is where Georgia O'Keefe famously lived very simply.
by Jody Halsted
February 15, 2016
One of the benefits of RVing, especially for families, is the kitchen/campfire combination. Besides the convenience of putting together a meal in the middle of nowhere, you're more likely to eat healthier foods and save money over dining out. But, no matter how well you eat in that RV, there are some restaurants across the US that are worth the stop, or even the detour and extra driving to get there. Bon appètit!
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