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[Weekly WOW #098] Medieval Mikvah in Besalu, Spain:  

Candelabra in the Besalu Mikvah

Ritual Bath Opens a Window on a Once-Thriving Jewish Community. It was thirty-six stairs down from the square in Besalu’s Jewish Quarter into the 14th century ritual bath, known as a mikvah. With each step I noticed the air gradually cooling, as the daylight receded, giving way to illumination from two windows in the chamber. […]

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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[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 […]

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[Weekly Wow #067] Karlstein Castle:

A Fairy Tale Come True in the Heart of the Czech Republic. European castles come in all shapes, sizes, colors and degrees of preservation. I’ve definitely seen my share, but Karlstein Castle in the Czech Republic had the whimsical charm of something out of a Disney movie that evoked a WOW and a smile from […]

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[Weekly WOW #054] Marveling at the Marble in Carrara, Italy:

Birthplace of Some of the World‘s Most Beloved Treasures. There is a mountain at the northwest tip of Tuscany that, for centuries, has enabled some of history’s most talented hands to fashion timeless art. From Rome to London, to Manila, countless millions have gazed in awe at these incredible gifts to the world, and uttered, […]

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[Weekly WOW #052] Sobrino de Botin – Coming Full-Circle:

Time Honored Tradition and Care are the Hallmarks of this Historic Madrid Restaurant. It was one year ago that I began this journey of travel WOWs. At that time, my Six Legs Will Travel blog was dying of malnutrition because it wasn’t being fed content on a regular basis. So I made a commitment to […]

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[Weekly WOW #051] Take a Ramble Down the Shambles in York:

Europe’s Best Preserved Medieval Street Is Anything But a Mess. York (in the UK) is a city of history, mystery and unusual sights. One location that contains all three elements is the Shambles, a narrow cobbled street that evokes questions you probably would never ask anywhere else. Why do the buildings lean inward? What are […]

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[Weekly WOW #050] The Clarisses of Iglesia San Gregorio Betico in Granada:

Unwavering Devotion in Its Purest Form. Granada is one of those cities that will immediately take your breath away, and not just from navigating its hilly terrain and cobblestone streets. It is seductively beautiful and – for the most part – historically repulsive. Now, if you think the biggest WOW of all in Granada is […]