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My Visit to Mayberry: Mount Airy in North Carolina

This month 60 years ago — Monday, October 3, 1960, to be exact — The Andy Griffith Show debuted on the CBS television network and put the fictitious bucolic town of Mayberry in the international spotlight. Easygoing Andy Taylor was the widowed sheriff; and the bumbling but lovable Barney Fife — who was played by the inimitable Don Knotts — was the deputy; and a host of unique characters rounded out the cast to create the indelible image of a place where time stood still, where the front door did not have to be locked at night, where a close-knit community of neighbors were there for each other through good times and through bad times, and where the problems of the world rarely invaded the quiet simple life of Mayberry…

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Scenic Bear Mountain Bridge in New York

The first thought which may come to your mind with the name Hudson River might be Manhattan. Perhaps New Jersey or the Lincoln Tunnel or Holland Tunnel or George Washington Bridge — or even pollution or garbage scows — would be what you would initially imagine…

…but if you head almost 40 miles north of the George Washington Bridge — which spans the Hudson River between upper Manhattan and Fort Lee in New Jersey — you are transformed into an almost seemingly idyllic landscape of…

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Video: I Climbed Up the Steepest Street in the Continental United States

Where is the steepest street located in the continental United States? Could it be Lombard Street in San Francisco? Perhaps Eldred Street in Los Angeles takes the crown? Surely, the steepest street must be located somewhere in Denver or Boulder — both of which are gateways into the Rocky Mountains?

If you guessed the Mount Evans Scenic Byway in Colorado, congratulations — you answered the question correctly…

…if that question was what is the highest paved road in terms of altitude in North America — let alone the United States — but the Mount Evans Scenic Byway is not even one of the top ten steepest streets in the United States.

In the…

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Skógafoss: One of the Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Iceland

Skógafoss is one of the more popular sites to see in Iceland because it is considered to be one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country — and because it is easily accessible from the main highway, as it is only two kilometers north of Ring Road.

Visitors can…

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Fun With Enclaves and Exclaves: Baarle Hertog and Baarle Nassau

As I was going to stop off in Breukelen on my way driving back to Amsterdam after visiting Drielandenpunt — literally translated from Dutch for three land point — which is where the borders of the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium meet, I realized that the towns of Baarle Hertog and Baarle Nassau were on the way; so I decided to stop off there.

At first glance, Baarle Hertog and Baarle Nassau seem like a typical quiet village which one would find in Europe…

…and yet…

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The Grave Site of Mary Phagan, Who Was Murdered at 13 Years of Age

Tucked away in a plot of the Marietta City Cemetery in a quiet part of Marietta near the railroad tracks is the grave site of Mary Phagan, who was murdered on Saturday, April 26, 1913 when she was only 13 years old; and her strangled body was found by the night watchman near an incinerator in the rear of the basement of…

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Where Leo Frank Was Lynched 105 Years Ago: Justice — or Anti-Semitism?

Motorists have been using the new Roswell Road exit of Interstate 75 in Marietta ever since the Northwest Corridor Express toll lanes opened to traffic on Saturday, September 8, 2018 — not realizing that they are passing the spot where many people believe that a historic grave injustice had occurred as they enter and leave the busy highway in Georgia.

The strangled body of Mary Phagan — who was only 13 years old — was found near…

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Review: Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz in Marrakech, Morocco

Deciding to break a cardinal rule when traveling due to limited time while hungry, I asked an agent who was behind the front desk at the hotel property where I was staying for a recommendation to dine at a restaurant which served traditional Moroccan cuisine; and among the recommendations was Restaurant Al Fassia Gueliz.

The recommendation sounded good enough to me, so I…

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