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. For more articles about
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.
A cyclo is three-wheeled bicycle taxi popular in Vietnam and, for an afternoon, my transportation around bustling Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). I was with an Exodus Travels tour group — my family for two weeks last summer. Almost the entire group decided to go on the tour. We were going on an adventure with Cyclo City Tour along main thoroughfares
It’s a three hour drive from my home in Henderson, Texas, to the north side of Houston where I had a meeting on a Friday afternoon. I knew I could drive back home on the same day, but I decided to spend the night at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. I wasn’t disappointed with my decision. The Woodlands (the
Anaheim is the heart of family fun in Southern California, and the Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is right in the center of it all. Because of the concentration of InterContinental Hotels Group hotels in the convention center area, fitting every preference from budget to luxury, the ACC district is a great place to base your stay. Amusement Parks Many Americans first