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Korfu, Greece, 2/10
Inuksuk in Churchill, Manitoba, 1/10
Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France, 12/09
Helsinki, Finland, 11/09
Il Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy, 10/09
Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy, 9/09
The Dancing House, Prague, 8/09
Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, 7/09
Vatican Museums Staircase, 3/09
Brussels, Belgium, 2/09
Chichén Itza Ruins, Mexico, 05/08
Puerta de Alcalá, Madrid, 04/08
Cathedral of Orvieto - Italy, 02/08
Multiple Locations in Italy and France, 1/08
Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens, 12/07
Mole Antonelliana in Torino, 11/07
Jill' findings in Spain
Asparragus Sushi, 10/07
The Mountains of Monserrat, 10/07
Valle de Angeles, Honduras, 08/07
Norwegian stave church, 06/07
Shell that marks the route for the pilgrimage on the road of Saint James, 06/07

Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, Spain, 05/07
Meersburg Castle on Lake Constance in Germany, 04/07
Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, 03/07
Where and What in the World?, 02/07
Ancient Rome, 02/07
Pelhourinho - Brazil, 12/06
Roman Holiday Photo Contest, 11/06
Costa Rican Ox Cart, 05/06
New Town Hall in the Marienplatz, 02/06
Reed Boat - 01/06
Siberian Tomb
Sami Tent

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Korfu, Greece, 2/10

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And the winner is ….. David Zarazua! Congratulations to David for correctly identifying both the town and the island as Korfu. He was able to find the answer when he took a virtual trip through the Greek isles in the Ionian Sea using Google Earth.

David teaches basic and intermediate Spanish and also Medical Spanish at the University of Southern California. He is very interested in how to implement the use of technology in the classroom. Among the Internet tools that he uses are Google and Google Earth.
If you have a photo that you would like to submit for a future contest, please send it to Christine. Many thanks to Panteleimon Pandis for this month’s beautiful photos. 

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Inuksuk in Churchill, Manitoba, 1/10


anitaWinner: Anita Kay was the first person to correctly identify this object as an inuksuk. This particular inuksuk is in Churchill, Manitoba, along the western shore of the Hudson Bay, but inuksuks can be found throughout the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland.  They were built by the Inuit as essential navigational tools on the vast tundra. 

Anita teaches Spanish 2 and French 3 & AP at Saint Agnes Academy in Memphis, Tennessee. She has worked there for 11 years and loves it. She recognized the Inuksuk from a visit she made to Vancouver and Whistler a couple of years ago before embarking on an Alaska cruise.   

Many thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Many of you had the correct answer but were not the first to respond. In fact, Marie Nuzzi, Sharon Grele, and Amy Sotherden sent in the correct answers less than half an hour after Anita did. 

The mystery photo was taken on November 8, 2008 by J.H. Cockey, Jr.

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Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France, 12/09

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winnerWinner: Congratulations to Kathryn L. Hedrick, our December winner. She was the first person to correctly identify the Christmas tree at the Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France. Many of our readers also correctly identified the photo and we wish to thank them for participating. Don’t forget that a new photo is posted to the Photo Gallery on the 15th of every month!

Kathryn has been teaching French for about 31 years in Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri. She presently teaches French I and II and sponsors the French Club at Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, Missouri.

She has been taking students to France and other European countries for about 28 years with the American Council for International Studies (ACIS) and has visited the Galeries Lafayette several times. She has fond memories of shopping there. In fact, she says that she helped her niece find a prom dress there on one of her trips to Paris!

She is married and has two daughters. She and her husband are presently planning a trip to Paris, Lake Garda, and Rome for this coming summer. We hope she will take some photos for us to use in future photo contests!

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Helsinki, Finland, 11/09

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ERicaWinner: Erica Hughes was the first person to identify the city where all of the photos were taken – Helsinki, Finland. She guessed Helsinki because she has a few friends who have traveled there and she remembered seeing their photos.

Erica is a Spanish teacher at James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida. She has been teaching there for 10 years, and she loves her job and her students. In 2004 she was a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant in Mexico, D.F.  In addition to her Spanish teaching, she has also been working for the last five summers in Mexico training public school teachers there to teach English as a Foreign Language.

The exact identity of each photo is as follows:

The subject of Photo 1 is the Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square.
The subject of Photo 2 is the Sibelius Sculpture.
Photos 3 and 4 were taken in the Temppeliaukio Church built in 1968-1969. It was designed by the architect brothers, Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen and carved into solid rock. It has excellent acoustics and is, therefore, a popular place for concerts.

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Il Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy, 10/09

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RebekahWinner: Rebekah Stathakis was the first person to correctly identify the Doge’s Place (Il Palazzo Ducale) in Venice, Italy.   She tells us that,  growing up, she traveled throughout much of Europe on family vacations and Venice was one of her favorite destinations.  She recognized this picture of the Doge's palace from her childhood trips and her honeymoon to Venice. 

Rebekah was raised in Madrid, Spain, and then lived in Caracas, Venezuela, for her last two years of high school. She is a National Board certified Spanish teacher who has worked with a variety of ages (from toddlers through college students) although most of her experience is with middle school students in Oak Brook, IL.  In 2006, Rebekah was honored to receive a national Disney Teacher Award for creativity and innovation in teaching.  In 2009 she was selected to represent the "Best of Illinois" at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.   

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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy, 9/09

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JoAnnWinner: JoAnn Crandall was the first person to correctly identify Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. She says it was Michelangelo's statue of David (a copy) in front of the building that gave it away. She thinks that the Palazzo and the statue are quite a combination.

Jodi teaches in the M.A. TESOL Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she also directs the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. Program. She travels frequently, giving talks and working on projects, but has only had the opportunity of visiting Florence once. This picture makes her want to return--soon!

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The Dancing House, Prague, 8/09

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Winner: Congratulations to Rob Bird for being the first person to correctly identify the “Dancing House” (aka “Ginger and Fred”) in Prague! We would like to thank the many people who participated in the August photo contest.

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Montparnasse Cemetery, Paris, 7/09



Photos by Peter Olson, reproduced with permission

NorbertWinner: Norbert Kurtz was the first person to identify the Birdman sculpture by Jean Tinguely located in the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. Many thanks to Joanne Polner for calling our attention to this marvelous work of art. She discovered it in the intriguing Paris blog of the Swede Peter Olson. (Read more about his blog in the Bloggers' Den.) We, of course, would like to thank Peter for granting us permission to use his splendid photos.

Norb has taught German and English in Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Schwerte (Ruhr), Germany, from middle school to graduate school levels. For the past 21 years he has been teaching German, leading an exchange program with a Stuttgart business school, and administering the Speech and Foreign Language programs at Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI. He is married to a South African and has two wonderful grown children who live in Washington, D.C.

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Vatican Museums Staircase, 3/09

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The author of this magnificent photo is Andreas Tille and it is used with permission.

Dorothy Raviele correctly identified the extraordinary double helix staircase in the Vatican museums. Dorothy is currently the chair of the World Language Department at Bristol Central High School in Connecticut where she teaches French and Italian.

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Brussels, Belgium, 2/09


ElenaElena Odio was our winner. Many of our readers responded correctly to the February contest. We would like to thank all of you for your participation. The February winner is Elena Odio, who was the first to identify the structure in the photo as the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium. Elena’s father was in the Mexican diplomatic corps and, while living in Europe, her family visited the 1958 World's Fair where the featured attraction was the Atomium. Fifty years later, in July 2008, Elena attended the AATF convention in Liège, Belgium, and - lo and behold - as her train pulled into Brussels, there, from a distance, she saw the Atomium again! Elena has an advanced degree in Comparative Literature and currently teaches Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia. She has selected the book, Indios de las Pampas argentinas: Leyendas, mitos, cuentos y otros relatos, as her prize. Many thanks to the Embassy of Argentina for donating this book.


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Chichén Itza Ruins - Mexico, 5/08


Sharon Dunfee picture Sharon Dunfee was the first person to identify the site and to name the two structures.
She says that she recognized the photos immediately because she has traveled to Chichén-Itza and the Yucatán Peninsula eight times and loves the Mayan and Mexican cultures. She correctly identified the photo on the left as El Templo de Kulkulcan (more popularly known as El Castillo) and the photo on the right as El Templo de los Guerreros or the Temple of the Warriors with its Toltec-inspired Chac Mool Statue.
Sherri has been teaching Spanish for 25 years. She currently teaches Spanish 3-5 Honors and AP levels at Athens High School in Ohio. She loves the Spanish language and love to travel. She has taken students to Europe five times and Mexico twelve times.
She chose AbeCedarios: Mexican Folk Art ABCs in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill and K.B. Basseches as her prize. Many thanks to the Embassy of Mexico for this lovely book.

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Puerta de Alcalá - Madrid, 4/08


richardCongratulations to Richard Detwiler who correctly identified the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid. He used to walk by it many times a day when he lived on Calle Alcalá in 1975. This impressive gate, located in the middle of the busy Plaza de la Independencia, marks the city’s eastern boundary. It was commissioned by King Carlos III in 1764 and built by the Italian architect Sabatini. It has three large archways and two smaller passageways.

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Cathedral of Orvieto, 2/08

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Risa Sodi and Joanne Polner were the first to correctly identify the beautiful cathedral in the charming Italian hill town of Orvieto. To read an informative review by Rick Steves of this stunning building, go to

Risa Sodi, Senior Lector II in Italian at Yale University and Director of Undergraduate Study and Language Program Director, was also the winner of our November 07 Where in the World? Mystery Photo Contest. Joanne Polner, an early childhood educator and a strong Francophile, was the winner of two previous contests, February and March 2007.

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Multiple Locations in Italy and France, 1/08


Photo #1 - Many thanks to Monique Barricelli, an Italian teacher for the Smithtown School District in Long Island, NY, for sending this photo.
Photo #2 - Many thanks to Patricia Teefy, a French and Spanish instructor at the St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, MN who contributed this photo.
Photo #3 - Many thanks to Bert Vorchheimer for this beautiful photo.


Photo #1
Jeffrey T. Reeder correctly identified Photo #1 as the bronze statue of a stambecco (a goat similar to the ibex) on top of Monte Rosa in the Italian Alps. Jeffrey is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA Many thanks to Monique Barricelli, an Italian teacher for the Smithtown School District in Long Island, NY, for sending this photo. She writes that this statue is situated at 2880 meters (8,640 feet) above sea level (my son's lips turned a bit blue when we first got there!). We reached it by taking a cable car/funivia from Alagna, Italy. We were there on August 6, 2006--- as you can see, my kids Alexa, Adriana and Anthony were wearing coats--it was so cold. It was about 34 degrees F and snowing/hailing.

Photo #2
Melissa_BurgessMelissa Burgess correctly identified the remaining mystery photo from the January 08 Where in the World? Mystery Photo contest. She recognized the Pont du Gard. She told us that she has been there twice, most recently in March while on spring break in the south of France. She admits, however, that she has never been to the top like the person in the photo! Melissa is a Latin teacher for Indian Hill Schools in suburban Cincinnati. She has taught grades 6-12 for the past ten years. She currently teaches Latin I and Latin II and is part of a four-person Latin department in her district. She has selected Immortal, a novel by Traci L. Slatton set in 14th century Florence as her prize. Thanks again to the Sons of Italy for donating this book to the Culture Club.

Photo #3
No one was able to correctly identify this building so we are going to provide the answer. The photo was sent to us by Umberto Vorchheimer who discovered this beautiful building by chance. Here is his story:

“This stunning building doesn't get much publicity. We happened across it by accident during a day trip out of Bassano, where we stayed for the better part of a week last September. Driving along a country road, I suddenly saw what could only have been a mirage: a brilliant, white Pantheon, perched all by itself on a mountain foothill. It took us two days to get there because a number of roads to Passagno had been washed out and my intuitive navigation served us poorly. When we finally arrived the following day, the sight was unimaginable.”

It is the Temple of Canova located in Possagno in the Veneto region of Italy. Antonio Canova, the greatest European sculptor of the 19th century, was born in this small town. He designed this temple in his twilight years, and it is the repository of his ashes.

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Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens, 12/07


Sarah Christopher and Patricia Meloy correctly identified the Swarovski Crystal Museum in Wattens near Innsbruck in Austria. The museum highlights crystals in many shapes and forms. It has the largest known crystal (64 kilograms) and works of art by Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and others. It is half underground and half above. The eyes in the face are crystals. Of course, there is a shop in the museum where one can find a wide array of the luxury-brand crystals to purchase.
Many thanks to Norb Kurtz, German teacher, for sending this intriguing photo.

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Mole Antonelliana in Torino, 11/07

0711 0711_winnerRisa Sodi is the winner of the November Photo Contest. She correctly identified the Mole Antonelliana in Torino, Italy. This landmark building now houses the very impressive Museo Nazionale del Cinema, the National Film Museum. It is the symbol of the city of Turin, it appears on the two-cent Italian Euro coin, and was the official emblem of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Construction on the building, which was originally supposed to be a Jewish synagogue, began in 1863. It was named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli.

Risa Sodi is Senior Lector II in Italian at Yale University and Director of Undergraduate Study and Language Program Director. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Italian language and literature from Yale University and an M.A. in French and Italian from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author of Narrative and Imperative: The First Fifty Years of Italian Holocaust Writing, 1944-1994 (Peter Lang, 2007) and A Dante of Our Time: Primo Levi and Auschwitz (Peter Lang, 1990). She has published interviews with Primo Levi and articles on Italian Jewish writers, Italian Holocaust writing, and teaching Italian.






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The Mountains of Monserrat, 10/07


Brittany Werner is the winner of the September/October Where in the World? Photo Contest!! Here is her response:

Those are the mountains of Monserrat about an hour outside of Barcelona. There is a monastery built there along with some hermitages that have been abandoned over time. There are still monks that live and practice in the monastery. There are also several hiking trails throughout the mountains.

Brittany teaches Spanish at Wilsonville High School in Wilsonville, Oregon. She traveled to Spain this summer. She studied for two weeks in Barcelona and for two weeks in Granada. Then she and her mother traveled to various cities in Spain, including Monserrat. They actually hiked up to the highest point above the monastery. They found the odd rock formations on the mountains very memorable!

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Asparragus Sushi
Harriet Guerrero correctly identified this asparagas tapa. Harriet has a degree in Anthropology from UCLA. She is a founding member of the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where they offer year-round intensive Spanish language classes. They also have professional development programs for professionals who need to learn more about Mexico as the Hispanic populations grow in their communities. Harriet also won the February 2006 Where in the World? Mystery Photo Contest.

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Jill's findings in Spain



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Valle de Angeles, Honduras, 08/07


Richard Detwiler, a Spanish teacher in Jenkintown Middle/High School in Jenkintown, PA, correctly identified the cathedral in Valle de Angeles, Honduras. He had never actually seen the church but he accepted the contest challenge. After looking at hundreds of Latin American church images on-line, he found it. He certainly deserves an award for his ingenuity and perseverance! Many thanks to Oscar Garcia Sobalbarro for sending us the photo of this beautiful church for our contest.

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Norwegian stave church Shell that marks the route for the pilgrimage on the road of Saint James
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EkaterinaEkaterina Ites is the winner of the June contest. Congratulations, Ekaterina!

She correctly identified the Norwegian stave church. It was built in Gol, Hallingdal, Norway, in the 13th century and then moved to the Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo in the 20th century. You can find two replicas of this church in the US, one in Minot, ND, and the other at Epcot Center in Florida.

Ekaterina has a wide range of experience as a Russian language researcher, instructor, academic translator, college tests developer, community activist, and bilingual entertainer. She is currently an international student in a doctoral program at the Umass School of Education in Amherst, MA. She recently started teaching an elementary Russian class at Westfield State College. It is enlightening to hear how she identified the mystery photo. She writes:

"It was primarily an educational guess that was empowered and refined by the wonderful tool of Google. My first thinking was that the church resembled churches that one can see in Northwest Russia, but was still different. I began searching for pictures by entering the phrase "Russian North Wooden Church" and then tried "Scandinavian Wooden Church". This helped me find two pictures of Norway stave churches that looked very much like the one in the contest photo. One was originally from Gol and the other from Hopperstad. Then I expanded my search with the phrase "Norway Stave Church Replica in US." Interestingly, both of these churches have replicas in the US. Then I checked with Wikipedia and identified the church from Gol."

Editor’s Note: This church is near and dear to my heart because some of my Norwegian ancestors lived in Gol and attended this church.

We have two winners for this contest.
Congratulations to Susana Pérez-Castillejo and Ofelia Oronoz.
They were the first visitors to correctly identify one of the shells that marks the route for the pilgrimage on the road of Saint James which ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain. Many thanks again to Sheila Cockey for this intriguing photo. The correct responses to this photo were overwhelming, and we would like to thank everyone who participated.


Susana Perez teaches Spanish at the St Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a native of Seville, Spain, and has been in the US for seven years. She says that she was able to recognize the photo in the June photo contest because she has read a lot about the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.


Ofelia Oronoz teaches Spanish in Grades 3 through 8 at Browne Academy in Alexandria, Virginia. She guessed the What in the World? Mystery Photo based on her personal experience. After taking a three-week course on Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in the summer of 2005, she herself followed the Saint James pilgrimage from O' Cebreiro to Santigo.

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Meersburg Castle on Lake Constance in Germany

cecil_williamsWe finally have a winner for the April contest. Congratulations Cecil!
Cecil Williams correctly identified Meersburg Castle on Lake Constance in Germany.

Cecil calls himself "one of the computer guys" for the Departments of Foreign Languages and Sociology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. He runs the computer networks, helps take care of the computer labs, and helps faculty, staff and students with any computing and other technology questions and problems they may have.

How did he guess the April 07 Where in the World Photo? Here is his answer:

"I'm an amateur photographer and love to travel, and while I have been to Germany a couple of times I've not been to Meersburg, nor did I recognize the setting of the photo. But, using your clue to "think Germany," I conferred with some of my fellow photographers, and one of them thought he recognized it. A bit of research on Google confirmed that he was correct."

The photo was submitted by Norb Kurtz, a teacher of German. He has visited the castle many times with his students. He explains:

"The photo depicts the castle at Meersburg, Germany, overlooking Lake Constance, the huge lake which is surrounded by Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is said to be the oldest inhabited castle in Germany, with parts of it dating back to the 9th century. Our German hosts from Stuttgart usually take our Lansing Community College students there on a day trip each time we visit, usually every year in mid-May which is a pretty time of year to visit. It's a pleasant hike up the hill through the town to get to the castle, and it's definitely worth the effort once you see the views and tour the historic castle itself, which boasts a medieval armory, a lovely little garden, and a torture pit as well. There are also several good places to eat along the way up or coming back down."

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Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, Spain

We had an overwhelming response to this photo contest. We had 25 correct responses within hours of launching the contest. Again many thanks to Aldo Vellenich for providing this stunning photo.

And the winner is:
Janet Starmer (picture on left) was the first person to correctly identify the Cibeles Fountain in Madrid, Spain, and she will receive a set of notecards from Artfully Yours. Janet teaches French at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and spent a week-end in Madrid 14 years ago. Congratulations!

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Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia


Congratulations to Joanne Polner for correctly identifying the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Yes, Joanne is the same person who correctly identified the four photos in the Ancient Rome Photo Contest in February.

Joanne was the only person to identify the Hermitage. How did she do it? Her method is very interesting indeed. Here is her explanation:

I did not recognize the building at all. My order of research was to go to and type in "roof statues." I came across a visual reference to 18th century design, and I then typed in "roof statues 18th century." Sure enough, the Hermitage came up, but until I could find a close up photo of it, I wasn't sure; I was lucky to find a view from the water, and thus confirmed the wall, the trees, and the color. It is a beautiful place.

While involved in her research on the Hermitage, Joanne found a fascinating website which offers a virtual tour of the Hermitage collections. It can be found at:

Joanne writes:

My first contact with the site came about in my search for Impressionist art in the Hermitage. I looked at about five rooms before the racing video disturbed me. I decided I ought to look at the Help place identified under the moving pictures: Need Help with Hot Media. Go there. You will learn how to slow down the video!

As in any good museum, one should not try to see everything in one day!


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Ancient Rome Photo Contest 02/07

Congratulations to Joanne Polner. She correctly identified the four buildings. They are:


(1) Castel Sant’Angelo
Emperor Hadrian had this tomb built for his remains and those of his successors. It was completed in 139 AD but Hadrian had died in 138 A.D. and he was buried elsewhere, in Pozzuoli.
(2) Piramide di Caio Cestio
Caio Cestio had this monument built as his final resting place between 18 and 12 BC.
(3) Teatro di Marcello
This theater was dedicated to Marcellus, the nephew and heir apparent of Emperor Augustus, who died before his 20th birthday.
(4) Tempio di Ercole (Temple of Hercules, previously known as Tempio di Vesta)
This temple was erroneously called the Temple of Vesta until very recently. It was built around 120 BC, commissioned by the rich Roman merchant Marco Ottavio Erennio who hoped to gain the protection of Hercules.


Joanne shares with us her passion for languages and her delight in participating in the photo contest. Here are excerpts from her message:

"Hi, My second language is French, and I am a strong Francophile.
I am a certified Early Childhood educator and my principal direction in teaching is to stay with the child in his real world, creating and insuring hands-on activities and (voice-on) common communication situations.

I traveled in Rome in 1967, but I could not identify one ancient "monument" in the contest by sight. Never visited them, or walked around them, or studied about them. I remember the fountains, and seeing Aida at the Baths of Caracalla, and eating in trattorias, and seeing a grand view of St Peter's piazza from our pensione's terrazza, and having my hand bag almost snatched off my chair in Trastevere, and trudging around Hadrian's Villa outside of Rome in unbearable heat, and going to the black-sand Lido beach south of Rome. I remember all that!

If I had easily known the photo identities by sight, I would never have learned what I did this week. This past week I traveled faster and farther on my computer than ever a walk in the city would have afforded me. I read well and looked at a lot of wonderful sites, I was exposed to molti Italian words, I got a sense of place and a sense of culture (what was important in the lives of the Romans) in a way I have never experienced before--and also because I was highly motivated "to know" and thrilled at sleuthing and utilizing my more mature and creative brain."

Joanne’s prize is a DVD for teachers of Italian, generously supplied by Judi of Ritornello.

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Where in the World? 02/07 What in the World? 02/07

Unfortunately, we had no winning entries for this contest. The correct response is Mar del Plata, Argentina.


The winner was Lindsay Baker, a French student at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. Here is her winning entry: The photo is from the chirriuchu festival in Cusco, Peru. It is a roasted guinea pig head atop a roasted hen, dressed up in a traditional costume. Lindsay’s prize is a pack of notecards, generously supplied by Sandi of Artfully Yours.

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Pelhourinho - Brazil 12/06


Surprisingly, we did not receive any answer as for the location of this picture. So there is no winner this time. However, for those of you who were curious about where this picture was taken, here it is: The picture was taken by Susana Echeverría, in Pelhourinho, a district of the city of Salvador da Bahia, in Brazil.
Salvador is one of the most colorful and exotic of Brazil’s cities with flavors of Africa in its food, music and culture.

The eighteenth century Pelhourinho district has some of the best-preserved colonial architecture in the world, it contains the largest collection of Baroque colonial architecture in Latin America, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has the 2nd-largest Carnaval in Brazil, and is considered much more participatory than the Rio's Carnaval, which is mostly a spectator event.

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Roman Holiday Photo Contest 11/06

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Jan McGlennon was the first person to correctly identify the three buildings in the Roman Holiday Photo Contest: (1) the Pantheon, (2) Palazzo Farnese (currently the French Embassy), and (3) Il Quirinale (the residence of the Italian president).

Jan is a Latin teacher who came to Latin through her studies of Medieval Europe. She says that she quickly learned that Latin literature was much more interesting to her than reading 11th century legal documents. While she studied Latin in graduate school, she learned Latin from Father Reginald Foster in his Aestiva Romae Latinitatis experience. After one summer in Rome, returning there as often as possible became a primary goal. She currently teaches Latin at the beginning through AP levels at Maret School in Washington, DC. She is also pursuing a Master's Degree in the Teaching of ESL and Latin at George Washington University.

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Costa Rican Ox Cart - 05/06


Patti Marinelli was the winner of our April-May 2006 Where in the World? Mystery Photo Contest. She was the first person to correctly identify the Ox cart from Costa Rica.

Patti teaches Spanish at the University of South Carolina, where she also coordinates one of their first-year Spanish courses and serves as an academic advisor. She is co-author of Puentes, Spanish for Intensive and High-Beginner Courses, 4/e (Thomson Heinle, 2007). She enjoys traveling abroad every so often to keep her Spanish skills current, and on one trip she had the great fortune to study Costa Rica, where she saw the ox carts. She enjoys getting the NCLRC newsletters. She thinks it is a great way to keep up - via Internet - with new ideas and trends.

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New Town Hall in the Marienplatz - 02/06 contest


Many readers correctly identified the New Town Hall in the Marienplatz in Munich, Germany. The first correct response to reach us was sent by Harriet Guerrero. Harriet has a degree in Anthropology from UCLA. She is a founding member of the Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where they offer year-round intensive Spanish language classes. They also have professional development programs for professionals who need to learn more about Mexico as the Hispanic populations grow in their communities.
To find out more about this language program, go to
She visited Munich in 1987 on a trip with the Mexican Tourism Board. She was in the square in front of the 'rathaus' at noon one day, waiting for the famous carillon to chime. It all came back to her when she saw the photo - the red flowers on the balconies, the impressive structure, and the round balcony in the middle where the figures appear when the music plays.

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Siberian Tomb Sami Tent
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The photo above was taken near the city of Yakutsk in Eastern Siberia. It shows a typical tomb. Because of the severe winters in this area, the people do not bury their dead but place them in structures such as this above ground. This was truly a mystery photo. We had no winner!

The photo above shows a typical Sami tent. The Samis are the nomadic reindeer herders who live in the northernmost parts of Norway, Sweden, and Finland. This tent was on display at Union Station in Washington, DC. for the annual Christmas in Norway exhibit in 2004.

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Reed Boat


This traditional reed boat is floating on Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. Many contestants correctly identified this photo. The winner was Susan Benson.

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