Category: Travel

Column: Antalya: World-class resort city

Commentary by Don Knebel When Americans think of cities in Turkey, most probably don’t picture a cosmopolitan seaside resort featuring a harbor once used by the Romans. But Antalya, the fastest growing city in Turkey...

Column: Tallinn: The old and the new

Commentary by Don Knebel Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, includes one of Europe’s best preserved medieval city centers. It is also one of the world’s most tech savvy cities. The city now known as Tallinn...

Column: War and peace in Kronstadt

Commentary by Don Knebel Cruise ship passengers entering the harbor of St. Petersburg, Russia are surprised to find themselves alongside a Russian naval base. They are equally surprised to see an enormous Byzantine cathedral...

Coca-Cola London Eye. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Keeping an Eye on London

Commentary by Don Knebel A large wheel has become one of London’s most popular attractions, identifying the city in the same way the Eiffel Tower identifies Paris. It also now identifies an iconic American...

Column: India’s Church in the Wildwood

Commentary by Don Knebel Pilgrims traveling the narrow road to McLeod Ganj, India, the Dalai Lama’s home in exile, sometimes stop to visit a church. The peaceful church still exhibits the effects of a...

Column: Painting the Berlin Wall

Commentary by Don Knebel According to the history books, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.  Actually, a long section has continued to divide German citizens. At the end of World War II, the Soviet...

Column: Prague’s Orloj: The march of times

Commentary by Don Knebel The Orloj at the southwestern corner of Prague’s Old Town Square is said to be the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock. Labeling this device a clock gives inadequate credit to...

Column: Ruins of Shobak Castle

Commentary by Don Knebel A Crusader castle about 130 miles south of Amman, Jordan, proved impenetrable but nonetheless vulnerable.  Its capture ended with an unexpected gesture of wartime kindness. On July 15, 1099, knights...

Column: Michelangelo and his ‘Pieta’

Commentary by Don Knebel Michelangelo’s “Pieta” is the most famous work of art in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica. According to its creator, the masterpiece discloses an anti-aging secret. In 1496, Michelangelo, already well-known at age...