Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #097] Chartres Cathedral in France:

Rose Window at Chartres Cathedral, France

The Grand Dame of Medieval Churches Gets a Facelift. When I first read the book, it was drier than day-old toast, but Henry Adams’s “Mont St. Michel and Chartres” made me want to get close to both these magnificent medieval religious structures. So, in the words of Forrest Gump, “That’s what I did.” Chartres was […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #096] Floral Tapestry in Girona, Spain:

Floral Tapestry at the Base of the Cathedral Steps in Girona, Spain

One Day Each Year, these Botanical Masterpieces are Produced Through Faith, Family and Fun. As we entered the square in front of Girona Cathedral, Gemma, our guide drew our attention to a floral tapestry in progress. Floral tapestry? Yes, floral tapestry, which turned out to be a new WOW we were about to discover. It […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #095] Salt of the Sea in Sicily:

Windmill at the Salt Ponds Near Masala, Sicily

You’ll Never Look at Your Shaker or Grinder the Same Way Again. It was a hard lump, with a rough, irregular surface. Holding it in my hand, it was difficult to imagine this strange object could have anything to do with food preservation, flavor enhancement or high blood pressure. But the age-old process that turns […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #094] Avila, Spain

Scale Model of the Avila City Walls

Small in Size, But Huge When It comes to Accessibility Awareness. It was easy for me to figure out our location, as my feet navigated stone steps and walkways atop the wall surrounding the medieval town of Avila. This was because, earlier that day, Simon, Otto and I had paid a visit to the Visitor […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #093] Broom and Basket Shop, Amana Colonies, Iowa:

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Skills that Stand the Test of Time and Technology. When we were told our first stop during our visit to the Amana Colonies would be a demonstration in broom making, I wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, I loathe anything to do with cleaning. But when we walked into West Amana Broom and Basket […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #092] The Port of Jaffa in Israel: 

House on the Main Square in Jaffa, Israel

Take a lesson in Survival from this Ancient Port City. As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved oranges, and growing up in a predominately Jewish neighborhood of Montreal, the Jaffa brand was a frequent guest in our house. For much of my life, I associated Jaffa with sweet, juicy oranges, but it wasn’t […]

Food & Beverage / North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #091] Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room:

The Building that Houses Mrs Wilkes Dining Room in Savannah, GA

No Visit to Savannah Could Be Complete Without It. It was Summer, 1988, and we were sweltering in Savannah, GA. Our boys were seven and five, and we had taken them to Hilton head, SC for a week at the beach. By the time Wednesday rolled around, we were all itching for a bit of […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #090] Biomuseo in Panama City, Panama:

The Biomuseo Designed by Frank Gehry

An Ecological and Architectural Wonderland. If there’s anything I hate more than being cold and wet, it’s being hot and sticky. And as much as I love Panama City, it will envelop you an an overabundance of the latter year round. I confess that this was one of the reasons I looked forward to escaping […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #089] Indian Echo Caverns in Derry Township, Pennsylvania: 

Entrance to Indian Echo Caverns in Hershey, PA

Let Your Tour Guide and Your Imagination show You the way. The children on the tour were definitely getting into the spirit. “I see a mushroom,” called one. ”There’s Darth Vader,” pronounced another. “I always called him a cave man,” mused our guide, but I’ll have to remember that one.” And so continued the identification […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #088] Pennsylvania State Capitol Building In Harrisburg: 

Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg

Stained Glass, Marble and Gold Leaf Make This Historic Structure a Feast for Eyes and Mind. It didn’t matter who might have been looking. I had to slip off my shoes to stand on the plaque marking the spot where President Theodor Roosevelt proclaimed, “This is the handsomest Building I ever saw.” It was 1906, […]