We can hardly believe this is the fourth year you’ve helped us ring in the New Year here at Gallivance. And what a fantastic year 2014 has been.
We took you along with us to 19 countries and 48 cities across the globe. And in our Slice of Americana series we toured all 50 states in the USA – with lots of help from some very talented bloggers.
We combed through our statistics and your comments to discover the posts that were your favorites this year. And we love the results! You certainly have diverse tastes – from travel tales and public art to harrowing situations and memorable characters. Thanks so much for following along and making our day – every day!
1. Mules, Gods, and Ad Men: Ostia Antica’s Mosaics. Ostia Antica is, without a doubt, one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Rome. Wandering around Ostia gives visitors a feel for what life was actually like in a busy, successful Roman seaport. Hopefully, this popular post will inspire travelers to make the short trip outside central Rome to take a step back in time.
2. The Bear at the Bus Stop. A trip to see the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska – on public transit – turned out to be a bit hairier than we expected … literally!
3. Digging Ancient Art – Literally: Cologne’s Dionysus Mosaic. We spent a week in Cologne, and were pleasantly surprised to discover one of the best Roman museums in Europe. There’s lots to see and do in the city, but the Roman-Germanic Museum and its collection of mosaics is reason enough to put Cologne on the itinerary for your next German excursion.
4. Be a Kind Stranger. We’ve given up trying to predict the popularity of our posts, but in this case, we suspected that it might strike a chord with our readers. Many of our readers are avid travelers and have undoubtedly been on the giving and receiving end of kindness on the road.
5. Dodging Bullets: From the Corner Office to the Front Line. We never imagined that our trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina would be so pivotal. After viewing the bullet-riddled buildings in Mostar we came to Sarajevo – proud home of the 1984 Winter Olympics; then less than a decade later, the sad site of the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. Our research lead us to the poignant wartime photography of Christian Maréchal, so we shared his story.
6. Travel as a Relationship Test: Bill Murray On Marriage. This popular post reconfirmed a couple of blogging axioms that we hold dear at Gallivance: inspiration can come from anywhere, and if you write about issues that people can relate to, readers will read and comment. This was a fun post to write, and we’re glad that so many readers gave us their personal perspectives.
7. Queen of the Gypsies: Long May She Reign. The Queen’s gravesite and the story of her mysterious life are a perfect example that it’s not always necessary to travel to exotic locations in far-flung countries to find intriguing sights. And we’re happy that so many of our curious readers commented on a weird and wonderful piece of Americana.
8. A Traveler’s Thanksgiving: 10 Things I’m Thankful For. The physical act of traveling isn’t as pleasant as it once was, but there’s no denying that quantum leaps in technology have improved just about every aspect of a traveler’s life. Practical posts like this one are a fertile forum for the exchange of ideas and tips, and we’re happy that others found it useful.
9. Into the West: 10 Links You’ll Love. In the USA, July is the apex of the frenzy that is summer. Vacations are in full swing, and life is good. In honor of this All-American month we featured our “Slice of Americana Series.” From bears and buffalos to wigwams and weathervanes, we shared snapshots of all 50 states. And on Saturdays we gave you lots of juicy links to some great bloggers and their stories about destinations in the USA.
10. Javier Marin Sculptures: Creating Memories in Morelia. We’re big fans of street art, and it’s gratifying that one of our top posts was on Javier Marin’s wonderful works in Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico. Of course, it didn’t hurt our stats when the artist posted a link on his personal Facebook page. Thanks Javier!
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So, that’s it for us this year. Did we miss any of your personal faves? Just let us know!
3. Denali National Park and Preserve via Wikimedia Commons
6. Christian Maréchal via Wikimedia Commons
7. Paul Sherwood via Wikimedia Commons
9. D.H. Parks via Wikimedia Commons