Category: Travel

City of David’s Stepped Stone Structure. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Mysteries of the City of David

Visitors to Jerusalem often stop by what is said to be the site of the fabled palace of Biblical King David. Whether that is what they see is a matter of opinion. According to...

Town of Ceský Krumlov (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Český Krumlov: going backward 

Commentary by Don Knebel Český Krumlov is second only to Prague as the most popular destination in the Czech Republic. Ironically, this authentic medieval town owes its popularity to the Communists. In about 1250...

Remains of Ephesus library. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Golden Temple of equality

Commentary by Don Knebel The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is the holiest spot on earth for millions.  The people who worship there provide an example of living out the teachings of one’s religious...

Remains of Ephesus Library (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The Library of Ephesus

Ephesus, a port on the Ionian coast, was one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. Its beautiful library now anchors one of Turkey’s most popular destinations. In the second century, Ephesus...

The castle in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Maria Theresa’s castle

A castle visible throughout Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, once helped protect the Roman Empire from Barbarians.  More recently, it has served as a meeting place between East and West. The four-towered Bratislava Castle...

Ma’loula, Syria, in November 2010 (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The language of Jesus in Ma’loula

Until a few years ago, visitors to an ancient mountainside village in southwestern Syria could hear the words of Jesus in his own language.  Today, those words have been temporarily silenced. Ma’loula (or Maaloula)...

Southern façade of Doge’s Palace in Venice. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Missing portrait in Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace on the Grand Canal recalls the era when Venice was a major maritime power, its thousands of ships reaching England and Egypt. One of the palace’s most notorious features remembers a...

Tomb of I’timád-ud-Daulah in Agra. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Draft of the Taj Mahal

The tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah in Agra, considered a “draft of the Taj Mahal,” is one of the most beautiful structures in India. Unfortunately, this exquisite jewel box of a building is little known outside...

Flame of Liberty above Pont de l’Alma Tunnel (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Paris’ accidental memorial

A monumental flame in Paris was intended as a symbol of friendship between two nations. A tragic coincidence transformed that flame into a much-visited memorial. In 1989, the International Herald Tribune donated to the...

Mordecai Maisel’s grave in Josefov (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Josefov: A place to remember

Josefov, a small area in Prague, remembers the struggles and successes of European Jews. Ironically, the area survives because of Adolph Hitler’s efforts to exterminate them. Jews began living in Prague during the 10th...