Category: Travel

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...

Port of Hamburg, Germany (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Hamburg: Beatles and burgers

Hamburg, Germany, is one of the most pleasant cities in Western Europe, with more bridges over its canals than Venice and Amsterdam combined and 50 percent of its area in parks and water. The...

Entry Pyramid at Louvre Museum (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The Louvre’s Satanic pyramid?

The Louvre Museum in Paris occupies more than 650,000 square feet, has 403 rooms and exhibits more than 38,000 items. But some of the 10 million visitors each year are more interested in the...

Throne Room of Mari Palace. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Ancient city on the Euphrates

Mari, near the west bank of the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, was the world’s first planned city. Its ancient records provide unprecedented information about times and places of the Biblical Patriarchs. Mari, founded...