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
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, visitors have much to choose from. Situated on Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers the beach, boating, fishing, kayaking, and urban trails. With a population of about 600,000 people, Wisconsin’s largest city also hosts festivals several times a year, brewery tours, art and theater experiences, and museums — great museums. Explore the following four museums on your next visit to Milwaukee.
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.
An original love letter dated June 20, 1622 is displayed in a glass cabinet under a green velvet cover in The Lobkowicz Palace. Translated it reads in part: Zdenek Vojtech Popel, 1st Prince Lobkwicz to Polyxenia Lobkwicz My beloved, The good Capuchin friars are returning to Vienna so I have wanted to give them this letter, with which I kiss
It is a rainy windswept day when I visit Melk Abbey, an AmaWaterways river cruise excursion in Austria. We meet our very young guide (who looks more like a teenager than the scholar tour guide she is) in a grand inner courtyard before entering the abbey proper. It was Abbot Berthold Dietmayr and his architects Jakob Prandtauer and Joseph Munggenast
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.