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At 148 feet long, with a crew of 78 and more than 50 volunteers, the French Frigate L’Hermione made a triumphant entry into Philadelphia recently. L’Hermione was just one of the many ships there that day, for Philadelphia’s Tall Ship Festival.

This ship may look old but it’s actually brand new! It is a replica of the original L’Hermione that brought Lafayette over with help from the French government during the American Revolution. The fact is, if it had not been for France, there probably would be no USA. I think we often forget to thank France for their help – so thank you France!

If you have a chance to see the ship, it is well worth the effort. They are on a tour of the East Coast and I believe they are in Boston right now. They do, from time to time, fire some of their 32 cannon (like in picture above). Once they docked in Philadelphia, the crew sang to the crowd in French.

One nice thing about this festival is that it had a very international flavor. One of the largest ships was from Portugal, others were from Nova Scotia, and Spain. The opening ceremony had the national anthems of four nations sung, they included France, Canada, Portugal, and the US.

Even though we can romanticize history too much, and make it seem glorious, these ships are magnificent. They can inspire both young and old, to dream of adventure, and maybe even write, a story or two.


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Commentary and Images © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

George Washington’s House

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Mount Vernon Estate, the home of our first president, is still standing. There are hundreds of acres, in what often feels like a park setting. The mansion and additional buildings have not only been restored, but tens of thousands of people tour the grounds, and buildings every year. It is a major tourist destination.

The ironic thing about the estate is that people of all nationalities, ethnic groups, and backgrounds can now sit on the same back porch that George sat on, overlooking the scenic Potomac River. In the picture above you can see chairs for visitors to just sit and relax. In the past the porch was reserved for only the white upper class landowners. Not only is this ironic, but I’m sure there’s a poem in that! The bottom photo shows a view from the same porch, overlooking the river.

Even if you’re not into history, Washington D.C. has many places to visit, including some of the finest museums in the world. The Smithsonian Museums are comprised of a number of large buildings, which would take you several days to go through if you went through all of them. My favorite museum contains the Impressionist paintings, of Monet, Manet, and Mary Cassatt. I love Impressionist paintings. By the way, all of the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo are free.

If you are ever in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. areas let us know! We can help you tour the sites.


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Commentary and Images © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Native American Men

Chief Little Head - Crow - 1880's from Ebay
Chief Little Head – Crow – 1880’s from Ebay

So what do you do when there is no more hunting? How do you provide for your family? These are just some of the issues faced by the Native American men, of the past. When I see these photographs though, I see amazing inner strength! These men teach me and inspire me. They tell me that no matter what issue I am facing, nothing can change who I am! Internally I am to keep fighting! What ever you may face – never give up.

Ground Spider - Oglala Lakota - 1899
Ground Spider – Oglala Lakota – 1899
Chief Wolf Robe - Unk Nation - 1898
Chief Wolf Robe – Unk Nation – 1898

Chief Long Feather - Blackfoot
Chief Long Feather – Blackfoot
Red Shirt - Oglala Lakota
Red Shirt – Oglala Lakota

Naiche - Chiricahua Apache - Youngest Son of Cochise
Naiche – Chiricahua Apache – Youngest Son of Cochise

Joseph Two Bulls - Dakota - 1900
Joseph Two Bulls – Dakota – 1900

Medicine Crow - c 1880
Medicine Crow – c 1880
Fool Bull - Lakota
Fool Bull – Lakota


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