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Eversteijn1944 asked:

The Dutch city of Maastricht at the river Maas,Maastricht Holland,after the storm on january the 17e 2007 This ancient city is my hometown. …

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    The Delta Queen is will no longer cruise unless Congress takes action. …

    g2no2000 asked:

    Movie I made… Dedicated to Cheryl M. Dixie Lily – From Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou. Elton had 2 Huge Hits from Caribou,The ***** Is Back & Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, but Dixie Lily has always been one of my personal favorites from Caribou. Dixie Lily is not a well known Elton John song, nor does Elton play it in concert very often. I’ve only seen Elton perform Dixie Lily in concert 3-4 times since the Mid-70s. The song is about a Mississippi Riverboat called Dixie Lily. A boy …

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    ladymaggic asked:

    Echuca is situated on the Murray River in Victoria, and was the main transport for logging. The Riverboats are now for tourists and they travel the Murray River. Photos by Marguerite Carstairs …

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  • Cary Ordway asked:

    Sacramento is not just any old state capital — it’s also a virtual theme park for historians, art lovers and just about anyone else who wants to learn more about the state of California.

    It’s tempting to say it’s a theme park for adults – but it’s really not just for adults. In fact, a visit to Sacramento probably will be one of the most beneficial field trips your youngsters will ever take. They’ll learn about government, the Old West, railroads, Native Americans, the Gold Rush and several other subjects featured in dozens of Sacramento exhibits and museums.

    We stopped by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, where we obtained maps and a long list of attractions in the city. The CVB is just around the corner from highlights like the Governor’s Mansion and the many beautifully maintained Victorian homes and architecture found throughout the downtown area.

    We then drove over to take the obligatory pictures of the State Capitol Building, keeping an eye out for California’s movie-star governor. But, alas, no Arnold at either the Capitol or the Governor’s Mansion — although we’re told the governor is frequently spotted having lunch at the Esquire Grill or dining at Lucca and Biba restaurants. In any event, the State Capitol Museum makes the stop more than worthwhile with its exhibits and artifacts from the Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and a newly unveiled 3-D movie on the disaster.

    Nearby we found several other museums to explore. For example, the Crocker Art Museum is located in one of the city’s most beautiful Victorian homes and is, in fact, the oldest art museum in the West. Founded in 1873, the museum today displays original European and master drawings as well as 19th-Century California paintings, sculptures and Asian art.

    We stopped in the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts, which offers colorful and descriptive displays about many of the women who have been instrumental in helping California grow to its present stature. As with most museums we visited, visitors could spend several hours in just this museum soaking up fascinating facts about the Golden State.

    For history buffs, maybe the best place in town to go is Old Sacramento, which has a number of museums including the California Military Museum, Discovery Museum History Center, the Old Sacramento Interpretive Center, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum and the Wells Fargo History Museum.

    Topping the historical list is the California State Railroad Museum which is said to be one of the country’s best railroad museums. The 100,000-square-foot museum features many actual railcars as well as various real locomotives. You can see what a 19th Century train station was really like with a very authentic replica right on the premises.

    We were amazed by the Railroad Museum because so many different types of rail cars and locomotives were on display indoors all in one place. The trains are in tip-top condition and you can always find one of the museum’s volunteers to explain how this or that worked or why this particular steam engine was important. There is an elaborate model railroad upstairs as well as exhibits explaining the history of model railroading. We’ve got to say this museum was a favorite for both the adults and kids in our crowd.

    Old Sacramento, as one local visitor official told us, was once the skid row of Sacramento until, in the 1960’s, a major re-development project was initiated to restore many of the historic buildings and attract new business into the area. The history of Old Sacramento dates back to 1839 when this became the first commercial settlement in the area. When gold was discovered in nearby Coloma in 1849, the business community along the Sacramento River began to boom. Local miners had to have such services as hotels, saloons, outfitting stores and bathhouses.

    Nowadays, Old Sacramento is bringing back that early atmosphere and everyone seems to love it – it now attracts more than 5 million visitors each year. Although we noticed several commercial vacancies in the area, that might just be because Old Sacramento is now considered one of the most expensive places in Sacramento to do business.

    The area has been restored with cobblestone streets, gaslamps and wooden sidewalks, and you do get the feeling of walking through a town from the Old West. Of course there are a few tip-offs that this particular Wild West town has been somewhat tamed: T-shirt shops seem to abound and there are plenty of candy and chocolate stores, not to mention pizza and just about anything else today’s explorers may want to eat.

    The shops in Old Sacramento – no matter how tacky some of them may be – are almost all housed in historic buildings. Among those 53 buildings still standing is a firehouse built in 1853, California’s first threater, and the B.J. Hastings Building which was the western terminus for the Pony Express.

    For a unique overnight adventure in Sacramento, try staying on board the Delta King, an early 20th Century paddle-wheeler riverboat. The boat once offered prohibition-era drinking, jazz bands and gambling for its fun-loving passengers and, just like passengers back in the 1920s, today’s guests enjoy enchanting river views, great food and drink and a cozy stateroom unlike any other accommodation you may have experienced. But unlike those early passengers, you will have to be content with scenery that remains pretty constant. The Delta King isn’t going anyplace anytime soon.

    On this particular visit, we stayed overnight in a great choice for landlubbers, the Hilton Sacramento Arden West. About five miles from Old Town, the hotel is located in the Point West part of Sacramento and is a particular favorite with business travelers because of its endless amenities and typical Hilton upscale, polished look and feel. We found the spacious rooms to be tastefully decorated and well insulated from any street noise. With its marble counters, pillow-top mattresses and 250-threadcount linens, this hotel proved to be a luxurious respite after a long day of museum-hopping in Sacramento.


    WHERE: Sacramento is about 85 miles northeast of San Francisco and 385 miles north of Los Angeles in the San Joaquin Valley.

    WHAT: Sacramento is the state capital of California and the home of the state’s governmental offices. Numerous museums, exhibits, historical buildings and other attractions make the city a popular travel destination.

    WHEN: The climate is moderate in Sacramento so visits can be planned anytime of year. Check ahead to see when the Legislature’s in session if you would like to see government in action.

    WHY: You’ll find many attractions located in a close area, most of them quite illustrative of early Californian history.

    HOW: For more information on Sacramento, contact the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-292-2334 or visit

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