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  • Robert M. Edsel

The Gifts of Travel

Imagine young boys like this American soldier on guard duty, having never traveled before their military service, being shipped overseas to fight a war on foreign lands and coming upon a site like the Temple of Hera in Paestum, Italy. What stories they had to tell upon returning home! I’ve been fortunate to travel often, but seeing this incredibly well-preserved Greek settlement for the first time left me speechless. It left many others speechless too. The renowned philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said it best: “It's as if a god, here, had decided to build his house with huge stone blocks.” Must see, bucket list addition!

Temple of Hera, Paestum, Italy.

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