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London: Chelsea and the Blue Plaque Pursuit

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London: Chelsea and the Blue Plaque Pursuit

Take a walk with Nerd Trips through London’s Chelsea neighborhood to see the homes of some famous literary figures, including Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and George Eliot.

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Booker T. Washington National Monument (part 2)

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Booker T. Washington National Monument (part 2)

The Booker T. Washington National Monument in southwestern Virginia offers more than just history. We had some fun encounters exploring this national park and meeting the farm animals.

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Booker T. Washington National Monument (part 1)

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Booker T. Washington National Monument (part 1)

Booker T. Washington lived an incredible life. Born into slavery, he became of the nation’s most well-known educators. In this post, see what you’ll learn about this amazing man on a trip to the Booker T. Washington National Monument in Southwest Virginia.

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Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (part 2)

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Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (part 2)

Thomas Jefferson’s accomplishments are well-known, but did you know he has his own color? That’s just one of the things we learned at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (its full name), Jefferson’s country villa in southwestern Virginia. My aunt Viola, uncle Joe and I visited this country estate when I was  visiting them for Easter in 2013.  In the previous post, I wrote about some of Poplar Forest’s history and its much-talked about octagonal privies. In this post, we’ll get a little more into the tour and...

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Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (part 1)

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Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (part 1)

While most people know Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (check your nickels), fewer people know Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, his country villa in Southwest Virginia. I think of it as a “mini Monticello,” because it looks so much like its more famous counterpart.

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Sherlock Holmes Museum (part 3)

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Sherlock Holmes Museum (part 3)

This weekend, fans of the BBC/PBS series Sherlock eagerly await Season 3′s final episode, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the famous consulting detective. Although I haven’t seen the show (despite the impassioned urging of several friends), I have seen something rather personal of Mr. Holmes…

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Sherlock Holmes museum (part 2)

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Sherlock Holmes museum (part 2)

When you enter 221B Baker Street, London, you won’t need to do much detective work to figure out that you are in the real-life version of the imaginary home of Sherlock Holmes–just look at the hats and coats hanging by the door. Actually, you’re entering the first floor of the popular Sherlock Holmes museum, which you indeed will find at 221 Baker Street, London. From the foyer, it’s up some stairs to the main living quarters of Sherlock Holmes. The amount of detail in a real house meant to look like the home of a...

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