When I enter the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, I’m not prepared for what I see. On the walls are painted the names of nearly 80,000 Czech and Moravian Jews; victims of Shoah concentration camp during Nazi occupation. Founded in 1479 by Rabbi Pinkas, one of the Jewish community’s wealthy members, it now serves as a memorial to
Traveling to different countries exposes you to their unique cultures. Not only will you learn about the local food, language and history, you’ll also get a glimpse into the culture’s quirks, especially when it comes to sleeping habits. So if you’re going to spend nights in unfamiliar territory, it’s best to know beforehand what sleeping patterns are the norm. Enjoy
If you’re like me, you have a lot of devices connected to your internet router all the time: an Apple TV, Roku, smart phone, laptop, printer and video game systems. And that’s just in my home. Other people have WiFi connected scales, toothbrushes, lighting systems, refrigerators, door bell, baby monitors and more. Every time you add a new WiFi connected
While on a Viking River Cruise excursion, I visited the Green Vault in Dresden, Germany. The museum, housed in Dresden Castle, is the largest collection of treasure in Europe. Founded by Augustus the Strong in 1723, it features a wealth of Baroque to Classicism artworks made of gold, silver and other precious metals; many encrusted with precious jewels.
The city is a kaleidoscope of color; brightly painted houses clinging to the hillsides like the sides of a trowel with the city’s busy port at its tip. Valparaiso is Chile’s second largest metropolitan area after Santiago and one of the South Pacific’s most important seaports. Upscape tour guide Manuel Garcia wants me to have this view before we start
On my way to Palazzo Donati in Mercatello sul Metauro, I stop at Sansepolcro. Located in southeastern Tuscany, I am immediately pleased with its Renaissance feel and welcoming locals. Starting at the visitors’ center, I collect a few pamphlets and talk to the friendly staff before walking the short distance to the Civic Museum of Sansepolcro . It is housed in Palazzo
In a 1916 four square prairie house and two outbuildings, Stephen, Minnesota showcases its past. “The collection doesn’t reflect a certain time, but rather the town’s history,” says Jane Smidt, president of Old Home Town Museum’s Board of Directors. The farming community located 40 miles south of Canada and 10 miles east of North Dakota was established in 1883.
“We want you to relax,” says the desk clerk as I check into ADLER Thermae Wellness & Spa Resort. Located at Bagno Vignoni in the heart of Tuscany, the resort is known as a place of luxury combined with slowing down, pampering and leisure. Like everyone else in this fast-paced world, I am looking for all three and I believe
I arrive by taxi at the tour meeting point — Piazza Santo Spirito — early enough to enjoy exploring the neighborhood, do a little shopping, photograph nearby Palazzo Pitti and enjoy a Coca-Cola Light at Caffe Ricchi. At the appropriate time I head for the fountain in the middle of the piazza. Here I meet Gaia Ancilotti, a cheerful young
On a tour provided by Palazzo Donati, I set out to visit a small ceramic showroom and workshop in Urbania, an Italian town of just over 7,000 inhabitants in the Le Marche region. A center for handmade ceramics since the 15th century, today there are workshops where you can see artists at work and buy high quality handmade ceramic pieces.