Oldest “Inn” England

It’s Old

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To the pub enthusiasts, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem is famous for being “England’s oldest inn”, dating back to the year 1189. It’s actually built into the hill behind it. Great place to see, and really good food (and beer). And, since it’s in Nottingham, you’ll find it’s close to a statue commemorating a famous local resident. *Hint*–he took from the rich and gave to the poor:

Robin Hood Statue

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Plenty of Castles in Ireland, but This One’s a Keeper

Castle on the Hill

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We all love visiting Ireland, especially Americans, since half of us come from there. Dublin’s great, and the Cliffs of Moher are getting more popular with international tourists, but castles seem forgotten sometimes.

Well, maybe not forgotten, just pushed to the bottom of the itinerary. But since they dot the Irish countryside, they’re too often taken for granted. So we decided to stop and see one that’s been around for a few centuries. Welcome to Rock of Cashel.

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A Town Called No Place

Bizarre Sense of Humor

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“What shall we call this town?”

“How about…No Place.”

“I like it.  People can get their picture taken there.”

No Place, England


Prehistoric Colorado

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Even people who’ve never been to a Sinclair station know about the lovable dinosaur that proudly adorns its logo. Who knew there was still an actual dino out there? So the next time you’re driving through Golden, Colorado, stop by and pay him a visit. He’s not camera shy (but he doesn’t like to be touched).

Sinclair Dinosaur

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A Sign from the Past

Gem in the Desert

Many miles away from urban life, off of I-25 and about two hours from the Colorado state line, sits a town called Las Vegas. There’s no flashy lights or casinos here. This is New Mexico’s Las Vegas.

And in this town, on one of the main streets, you’ll find this relic from the past. A leftover from a time when art met functionality. You don’t see many of these anymore. Take in this piece of Americana for yourself the next time you’re driving through.

Fun fact: this sign can be seen at about minute 17 on the season three finale of House of Cards, as Doug enters the hardware store.


City of Las Vegas, New Mexico website