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Pana's  Treasures

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A couple years ago, my friend Annie and I started meeting once a month or so to get together and play local tourists. Today we met in Pana, Illinois and discovered some awesome sites that qualify as Pana’s Treasures! Anderson Prairie Annie and I were thrilled when we saw a place to hike in Pana. […]

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Our Lady of the Higway

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I’ve wanted to stop at the Madonna shrine with her arms outstretched for a long time. The shrine near Waggoner, Illinois is one of the lesser known Route 66 stops. It is called the “Our Lady of the Highway. This lovely shrine is located on private property, on a farm along Historic Route 66. The […]

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Finding Memories of Dad at the Antique Mall

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December 20th was both my father and my grandson’s birthday. My grandson was eight and my father would have been 86. We lost him almost four years ago in February. Today though I felt his presence wondering through the Barrel Antique Mall. I had not been there in many years. It is a cool antique […]

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Christkindlmarkt

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Magical! Faith inspired!  These words come to mind when I think of my first ever hosted visit to the Ferndinand Christkindlmarkt! Held at the lawn of the Monastery Immaculate Conception, locals call this, Castle on the Hill.  It is easy to see where this term comes in.  The  Monastery can be seen from quite a […]

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Thorncrown Chapel an architectural wonder dedicated to the glory of God

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Along Highway 62 on the way to Eureka Springs, Arkansas I found one of the most amazing stops of my life, when we stopped to view the Thorncrown Chapel.  This beautiful glass chapel is an architectural wonder set in the Ozark woodland.  The chapel contains 425 windows and over 6,000 square feet of glass.  The […]