Category: Travel

Wall at Medinet Habu Showing Ramses III Battling the Sea People (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Medinet Habu: Philistines in Egypt

The well-preserved mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu celebrated the pharaoh’s earthly achievements and allowed priests to nourish his soul so he could live forever as a god.  The temple is best...

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Blue Mosque: Domes and eggs

The Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most popular tourist destinations, often seen as an example of classic Islamic architecture.  Like other domed mosques, its design actually mimics a famous church. But its pest...

The Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The Parisian Arch of Progress

Strolling along the wide sidewalks of Avenue Champs-Élysées, visitors to Paris can enjoy the architectural charms of a city that seems to have avoided the sterile high rises of other major cities.  Paris has...

Picture of Gandhi at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Ahmedabad’s home of independence

Ahmedabad is the world’s third-fastest growing city. Despite needing residential land, the Indian government has reserved prime real estate along Ahmedabad’s central river as a memorial to the man Indians revere as the Father...

Fresco in Chora Church Depicting the Resurrection. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Iconic images in Istanbul

After touring the Hagia Sophia, many visitors assume they have seen the best Byzantine art in Istanbul. They have not. What may be the most impressive collection of medieval mosaics and frescoes in the...

Thirteenth-century Clock Tower in Orvieto, Italy. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Orvieto: Piazzas and Popes

The small Italian city of Orvieto (“Old City”) was founded by the Etruscans atop a butte formed from soft volcanic rock. The sides of the butte are so steep that a funicular now takes...

Zürich Town Hall in Limmat River. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Zürich: A Zwinglian Legacy 

With fewer than 400,000 residents, Zürich, Switzerland, houses the world’s second-largest gold market and fourth-largest stock exchange. Its per capita income is among the highest in the world. Some see Zürich’s remarkable economic successes...

Snake Charmer on the Square in Marrakesh, Morocco. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Marrakesh: Cobras on the Square 

When Marrakesh (or Marrakech) was a stop along the international “hippie trail,” Crosby, Stills and Young sang fondly of “blowing smoke rings” and “charming cobras on the square.” Today, smoke rings are harder to...