Category: Travel

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,...

New Town Hall in Prague. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Prague’s deadly windows

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities in modern Europe. Ironically, the city’s name has long been associated with a brutal way of settling religious...

Road to Nazareth, through Israel’s Arbel Pass (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The history of Arbel Pass

Millions of years ago, shifting tectonic plates formed Israel’s Jordan River Valley and sheared a rocky plateau just west of the Sea of Galilee, creating two small mountains with steep cliffs and a narrow...

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Never again: A promise or hope?

A Berlin memorial remembering the Jewish victims of the Holocaust was intended to provide a visual reminder about what can happen when a society gives itself over to hate. Not everyone is getting the...

Great Mosque of Damascus with Jesus Minaret. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Jesus and the mosque

The Great Mosque of Damascus is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth most important mosque on earth, following mosques in Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Surprising to many Christians, the Great Mosque, one...

The Gustav and Elin Hultgren Family. (Submitted by Don Knebel)

Column: The American Dream

For my 175th column, I am taking the liberty of writing not about where I went but from where I came. The story is not important because it is unusual, but because it is...

Town hall of Brussels, Belgium (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Brussels’ magnificent town hall

The town hall of Brussels, Belgium, is one of the most impressive buildings of its kind in Europe. The city it serves is smaller than most people imagine. What became the Brussels town hall...

Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Havana’s rest stop for Columbus

Havana’s Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception is deliberately imperfect. The Italian Baroque cathedral provided an extended stop on the cross-Atlantic journeys of Christopher Columbus’ remains. In the early 18th century,...

Great Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafra. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Mysteries of the sphinx

Many things about the Great Sphinx on Egypt’s Giza Plateau remain mysterious. The truth of a popular story about its missing nose is not among them. The Great Sphinx, having the head of a...