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Administrative Structure of the Parishes of the Suwałki Powiat

As I document events in my family’s history, I record the name of the place where an event occurred as it was known at the time of the event. Because the borders and administrative divisions in Poland have changed many … Continue reading

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The Cable Car to Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf is an iconic peak bordering Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro. To get to the top of Sugarloaf, tourists must take two cable cars, the first from the station at Praia Vermelha (Red Beach), and the second from the … Continue reading

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Wildlife at Sugarloaf

Sugarloaf Mountain is one of the iconic sights in Rio de Janeiro. While the day continued to be overcast and the views from Sugarloaf were less than ideal, there was wildlife to be seen, including the Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), … Continue reading

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Copacabana Beach

Caricocas (natives of Rio de Janeiro) love their beaches, and the beaches at Copacabana and Ipanema are among the most famous beaches in the world. The one day I had to explore Rio’s beaches was overcast with a sky threatening … Continue reading

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Bem-vindo ao Rio! (Welcome to Rio!)

I arrived in Rio de Janeiro this morning after a very comfortable flight from San Francisco to Houston, and then from Houston to Rio de Janeiro. This is my second visit to Brazil, although it is my first visit to … Continue reading

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The Camellias of Filoli – Part 3

Most people have heard of the flowering plants of the species Camellia japonica, Camellia reticulata, and the hybrid Camellia x williamsii, but even more people are familiar with another species: Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze. The leaves of Camellia sinsensis are used to make tea. I … Continue reading

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The Camellias of Filoli – Part 2

I’m not sure how many cultivars of camellias there are at Filoli, but I took photos of 30 different cultivars myself (including a few I only saw in the garden shop). Most of the camellias I saw were either around the … Continue reading

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The Camellias of Filoli – Part 1

The gardens at Filoli include many different varieties of camellias, including cultivars of Camellia japonica L., Camellia reticulata Lindl., and Camellia x williamsii W. W. Sm (a cross of Camellia saluenensis Staph. ex Bean with Camellia japonica L. first crossed by John Charles Williams). … Continue reading

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The Magnolias of Filoli in 2017

I’ve visited Filoli in Woodside, California many times. The magnolias flower in early spring, but the timing of a visit must be just right in order to see the magnolias at their finest. This year, I seemed to have timed … Continue reading

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The Polish Village of Milewo

There are seven main entries for Milewo in the Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries). The first main entry includes several villages located in the Ciechanów Powiat and includes villages where my ancestors … Continue reading

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