I saw this beautiful picture while browsing the images tagged 'ancient' up at Flickr.com. I have been to a number of the "themed" hotels in Las Vegas including the Luxor, the Venetian, and Caesar's Palace but none of them hold a candle to this spectacular wonder of the modern world. I only wish our government would make a serious effort to normalize relations with Iran so those of us who enjoy learning about the country and it's fascinating history could visit and enjoy a setting as marvelous as this!
If you find yourself driving through Kansas on Interstate 70, set aside some time to stop by the U.S. Cavalry Museum housed in a former base hospital at Fort Riley, Kansas. The museum displays not only artifacts, uniforms, and equipment dating back to the Revolutionary War but outstanding oil paintings and bronze sculptures of members of the elite 7th Cavalry. If you are really fortunate, you may be able to tour the last home of George Armstrong Custer as well (sadly, it was closed when we were there). Remember though, that Ft. Riley is a secured military compound. To gain admittance to the base you must first stop and obtain a visitor's pass. You will be required to provide photo ID. Admission to the museum is free but donations are gladly accepted. Read more about our visit here.