Category: Travel

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...

The eastern end of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Illusions of the Parthenon

The Parthenon, atop the Athens Acropolis, represents the epitome of classical architecture and the inspiration for buildings around the world, including the United States Supreme Court Building. Its timeless appearance results from a number...

Along Amsterdam’s Singel Canal. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The canals of Amsterdam

Since 2010, Amsterdam’s canal ring has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Since the 17th century, this unique transportation system has allowed visitors to the Netherlands’ capital to reach what is probably the city’s...

Western façade of the U. S. Supreme Court Building. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: America’s temple of justice

During its first 145 years, the United States Supreme Court was homeless. Its current home pays homage to the many sources of American legal traditions. When the Supreme Court first convened in 1790 it...

Memorial to Peter in Capernaum, Israel. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Capernaum: The healing place

Capernaum, then a prosperous fishing village on the northwestern shore of Israel’s Sea of Galilee, was the site of many of Jesus’ healing miracles. Visitors today can stand above a house associated with one...

The south side of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Schönbrunn Palace: The house Maria built

Some Americans may remember that Maria Theresa of Austria was the mother of Marie Antoinette, who lost her head during the French Revolution. Most don’t know that Maria Theresa built a luxurious summer residence...

Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen Harbor. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The little mermaid of Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s iconic statue of the Little Mermaid is a must see for visitors. It has also become an inviting target for vandals and protestors. In 1819, Hans Christian Andersen, then 14, moved to Copenhagen,...

Ruins of Castle of Dürnstein, Austria (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Dürnstein and King Richard

Dürnstein is a charming village along the Danube River in northeast Austria, 50 miles upstream from Vienna. Its main claim to fame is an ancient castle that once held as prisoner English King Richard...

The Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Budapest, a city on the Danube

Presumably because Hungary does not figure much into U.S. political or religious history, far fewer Americans visit Budapest than London, Paris or Rome. That is unfortunate. Budapest is one of the world’s great cities,...