Category: Travel

Ruins of Deir el-Medina, near Luxor, Egypt (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Deir el-Medina’s tomb builders

Deir el-Medina is the name given to the ruins of an ancient Egyptian village that housed workers building tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Records from the site reveal an ancient economic development...

The Grand Cascade of Peterhof, near St. Petersburg (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: ‘Kingdom of Fountains’

Peter the Great literally changed the face of Russia after a trip to Europe. Peterhof, often called the “Russian Versailles,” is among the most impressive architectural results of that trip. Peter became tsar of...

Amber Fort, near Jaipur, India (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Full employment at Amber Fort

Visitors to Amber (or Amer) Fort, about seven miles from Jaipur, can see the magnificent palace of a sixteenth-century maharaja. They can also see how 21st century India is attempting to keep all its...

Bicycle parking flat in Amsterdam. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Amsterdam: Bicycle capital

Amsterdam is well known for its canals, its museums and its casual tolerance of certain activities other cities find unacceptable. It is also known as the bicycle capital of the world. Amsterdam’s 780,000 residents,...

Tallinn, Estonia, Song Festival Grounds (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Estonia was born singing

Estonia is a tiny country along the Baltic Sea. In a very real way, the country was born singing. Beginning in the 13th century, the region of Estonia, lying north of Latvia and west...

Statue of Frederick V in Amalienborg Palace. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Lessons from a Copenhagen Statue

“The Little Mermaid” is Copenhagen’s most famous statue. A short walk away, an older and larger statue carries an important message. In 1748, King Frederick V of Denmark/Norway ordered redevelopment of a waterfront area...

Church of St. Simeon the Stylite. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: World record for pole sitting

One of the world’s oldest churches honors a fifth-century ascetic whose record for endurance has remained unbroken. The church itself originated a design that is still emulated. The person known as Simeon the Stylite...

The sandy beaches of the Indiana dunes. (Submitted photo) 0

Weekend getaway: Try the dunes

By Justin Moran If you’re in search of a getaway as this summer continues to heat up, look no further than the Indiana Dunes! Indiana has more than 15 miles of coastline along the...

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate from the West. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Brandenburg Gate: Symbol of Unity

For nearly 30 years, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was a symbol of division. It is now a symbol of German pride and unity. In about 1788, Prussian King Frederick William II ordered construction of a...