• An Afternoon at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

    April 7, 2019

    I remember the first time I visited Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. I was probably 10 or 11 years old and my grandmother and mom took my sister and me on our way to visit family in Danville. There were farm animals, really cool old houses, and lots of incredible music. I had always looked…

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  • Spring has Sprung at Cheekwood in Bloom | Her Life in Ruins

    Spring has Sprung at Cheekwood in Bloom

    March 31, 2019

    If you’re like me, you’ve gotten really tired of cold, winter weather and have found yourself craving sunny days. Thankfully, spring has started to hit the south! I feel nothing says “spring” more than fresh blooms. I’ve been stalking Cheekwood’s #TulipWatch ever since the first round of warm weather came through. This week, I saw…

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  • Her Life in Ruins | An Adventure at Kentucky Down Under

    An Adventure at Kentucky Down Under

    March 17, 2019

    I love animals! I love reading about animals, looking at pictures of animals, but mostly, I love seeing real live animals. Recently, I got the chance to visit Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo and was able to see, learn about, and even interact with amazing animals from all over the world right here in the…

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  • Her Life in Ruins | Nafplio's Palamidi Fortress, a Hilltop Excursion

    View from the Top: Nafplio’s Palamidi Fortress

    March 10, 2019

    The Palamidi Fortress has one of the most beautiful views in all of Greece, so why do so few people know about this historic wonder? I was fortunate enough to visit the fortress while studying abroad in Greece; I still consider the hike to the top (and the charming city of Nafplio) to be one…

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  • Her Life in Ruins | Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    Ancient Olympia: The Birthplace of the Olympic Games

    February 24, 2019

    About once every two years, viewers around the world tune in to watch the Olympics. These games are rooted in a 3000 year old tradition that started in Greece’s “Valley of Gods”. Olympia was one of the major sites in Greece that helped shape the nations identity due to the Olympic Games. While the modern…

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  • The archaeological site of Akrotiri

    Akrotiri: Remnants from a Volcanic Eruption

    February 10, 2019

    Santorini is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s curious, then, that so few people know of the archaeological gem sitting at the north end of this gorgeous island. Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement that was basically decimated in 1627 BC when Thera, the volcano it sits on, erupted and…

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