Tag: Connecticut

Where to Stay in Danbury: Hotel Zero Degrees

Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Sustainable, Affordable, Super Cool: What’s Not to Like? Travelers with reason to visit Danbury, Conn. (right on the border of both Westchester and Putnam counties in New York) might look into a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees, which opened in…

Revolution in Ridgefield

The tombstone of William Lee, who served in the Revolutionary War, and died in September 1776 at the age of 23. Ridgefield, Conn. cemetery. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I stand in Mapleshade Cemetery in Ridgefield, Conn. and look at the grave of Corporal William Lee and see that he died in September 1776 while serving during the Revolutionary War. He died at the age of 23 without ever…

Danbury: Revolution, Hats, and a Rosy Tomorrow

A reminder to observe your world, no matter how close to home you are traveling: How many times do I walk into Rosy Tomorrow’s restaurant in Danbury, Conn. without noticing a sign posted outside? I have multiple opportunities to learn…

Bashfully Appreciated Places, 2016

Pisa beyond the Leaning Tower Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What readers liked to visit over the last year Should it be any surprise that the bashful adventurers visiting these pages have eclectic taste? Their reading habits show their interest—in learning, in history, in practical matters. The most popular posts…

Cruising Cemeteries around the Globe

Grave marker of Anastasia Romanov at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Touring Graveyards for History and Understanding I suppose if you are bashful, a cemetery is a great place to visit given that no one is likely to talk to you much. I like cemeteries for the opportunities they provide to…

Traveling with Witches

traveling with witches

It’s a good thing that the law has evolved a bit since the 1600s given my penchant for visiting shamans, inquiring about witches, and talking directly to higher powers without any male or priestly intercession. In May 1647, the first…

Buckling Up in Ridgefield, Conn.

Buckle up sign with ET

Amusing Signs around the Planet Photo credit: M. Ciavardini An eye-catching reminder on exiting the Ridgefield Playhouse: extra-terrestrials must be safely strapped in. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Like Connecticut? You might be interested in these posts: Revolution in Ridgefield Danbury:…

Graveyards in October: Sellecks Corners Cemetery

Need a reason to take a drive through Pound Ridge, N.Y.? Head to Sellecks Corners Cemetery at the corner of Barnegat Road and 124 right over the border in New Canaan, Conn. Marvel at the little Methodist church there that…

Massacre on the Shore

A plaque at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park on Long Beach Island, N.J. informs visitors about a tragedy that took place during the American Revolution. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I am not exactly looking for the American Revolution as I walk from a parking lot on Long Beach Island, N.J. toward “Old Barney,” the lighthouse at its northern end. A plaque near the walk toward the light house tells…

Soaring Street Art: Vancouver

I don’t know how far I’ve gone on my walk from my hotel to the Vancouver Convention Centre, through rush-hour traffic, through nervousness that I’m late for an interview, I’m late for conference registration, I’m not 100-percent entirely sure I’m…