Category: Travel

Cover of Flushed with Curiosity (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Invitation to a book signing

Commentary by Don Knebel I am proud to report that the Indiana Historical Society has selected my book, “Flushed with Curiosity – 101 Travel Tales with a Twist,” for inclusion in this year’s Holiday...

Great Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Budapest’s Great Synagogue

Commentary by Don Knebel The Great Synagogue of Budapest is among the five largest synagogues in the world and is a symbol of religious tolerance. Sadly, it also remembers a period of extreme religious...

Trajan’s Bed on Agilkia Island, Egypt. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Philae: A temple, a bed and a comet

Commentary by Don Knebel An important Egyptian temple complex survives because of an extraordinary journey. It is remembered by another extraordinary journey to a comet. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt in 332 B.C.,...

Passau, Germany, from Danube River. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Passau: Swords and records

Commentary by Don Knebel Passau, Germany prides itself on a record many would think beyond the reach of a city of 50,000. It recently posted another record for which its residents were not so...

National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan (Photo by Don Knebel)

Taipei: A Caldron and a Cabbage

An estimated 10 percent of the important cultural artifacts from 7,000 years of Chinese civilization are owned by a single museum. The museum is not in China, and its most visited item is not...

City Square of Linz, Austria. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Linz: Forgetting Hitler

Commentary by Don Knebel Linz, the third-largest city in Austria, has been home to men with lasting influence.   Current residents would like to forget one of them. Linz was founded as a trading...

Saadian Mausoleum in Marrakech, Morocco (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Saadian Tombs: Tolerance in Death

Commentary Don Knebel The Saadian tombs in Marrakech, Morocco, reflect the architectural achievements of the Saadi dynasty. They also reflect an era of religious tolerance. In 1554, the Saadi family became rulers of all...

Dalai Lama’s Temple in McLeod Ganj, India.
(Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Home of the Dalai Lama

Commentary by Don Knebel A 2013 survey identified the Dalai Lama as among the world’s most popular leaders. That popularity has made the town in India where he lives an important destination for admirers...

Helsinki Cathedral and statue of Czar Alexander II . (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Helsinki and the Czar

Commentary by Don Knebel Senate Square is the most popular tourist destination in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. The grand statue at its center remembers a ruler of Russia, which exercised control over the...