The capital of the state of Massachusetts Boston is located on Massachusetts Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded by Puritan colonists from England in 1630 the city quickly became the political, religious and educational hub of New England. The Boston Tea Party was the catalyst for American Revolution as the British retaliated and the patriots fought back.
Fun Fact: While we were there Boston was hit with a “Bomb cyclone”, the mammoth winter storm pummeled Boston with driving snow and painful sleet, 14 inches fell in one day.
Washington, D.C.is the capital of the United States. On July 9, 1790, Congress passed the Residence Act, which approved the creation of a national capital on the Potomac River, the location to be selected by President George Washington. Formed from land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia, the initial shape of the federal district was a square measuring 10 miles on each side, totaling 100 square miles.
Alberta is a western province of Canada, the capital is Edmonton. Edmonton was established in 1795 as a Hudson’s Bay Company post. About 290 km south of the capital is Calgary which is the largest city in Alberta. It was the location of the North-West Mounted Police post in 1875, the detachment was assigned to protect the western plains from US whisky traders.
Fun Fact: Alberta has no rats.
The Royal Ontario Museum is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is largest museum in Canada. The main exhibition, Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story, explores the sad and tragic story of nine blue whales from the endangered North Atlantic population that became stranded in thick ice and died, two of which washed ashore in Newfoundland.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a fully articulated Blue Whale skeleton,which is one of the largest and most complete Blue Whale skeletons on display in the world.
In 1611 the French explorer Samuel de Champlain established a fur trading post on the Island of Montreal, at a site initially named La Place Royale. In 1832 Montreal was incorporated as a city and this year (2017) they’re celebrating the 375th anniversary.
Fun Fact: Montreal is the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris.
Boca Raton originally occupied by the Tequesta tribe, the area was largely uninhabited after the Indigenous people were cleared from the area by the Spanish and the British. During the Florida land boom of the 1920s, several investors turned Boca Raton into a resort town and many buildings in the area have a Spanish Colonial Revival architectural theme, initially inspired by Addison Mizner, a resort architect who heavily influenced the city’s early development. Pictures are of Boca Raton’s Mizner Park.
(Interesting Fact, No billboards or outdoor car dealerships are allowed in the municipality. Walmart and Costco are blocked from within the city proper)
Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland, 50km away from the International Airport. Iceland looks like the moon, has cool Street Art and is cold and expensive.
Mainz is located on the west bank of the Rhine, It was the capital of the Electorate of Mainz at the time of the Holy Roman Empire, and was a Roman fort city founded as a military post by the Romans in the late 1st century BC and became the provincial capital of Germania Superior. The city is famous as the home of Gutenberg and the invention of the movable-type printing press.
Giengen is located in the district of Heidenheim on the Brenz River. The original Teddy Bear was made here by Margarete Steiff, and the town is literally obsessed with Teddy Bears which is fun and a bit weird. Positioned along one of the main feeder routes of the Compostella Trail, Giengen is visited each year by an increasing number of walking pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella.
(Interesting Fact, The mascot for FC Hiedenheim is a Teddy Bear named Paule who hails from the town.)
Heidenheim an der Brenz is a town in southern Germany. It is located 33 km north of Ulm. At the time of the Roman Empire from about 85 AD on, Heidenheim was the location of Castle Aquileia with attached cavalry of more than 1,000 mounted soldiers. It is the home of 1. FC Heidenheim 1846.