Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #009] The Damascene Jewelry of Toledo, Spain:

Modern Artisans Use Ancient Techniques to Create Timeless Beauty Toledo, 45 miles south of Madrid, is a town of many WOW’s. The only way to describe this Castilian gem is “magical”. The perfect fusion of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures can be seen everywhere, including the stunning hand-made damascene jewelry to be found throughout the […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #008] The Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral:

A WOW of a Whisper So there I was, sitting on a bench, minding my own business, when I heard a voice whispering to me from behind my head. Normally, this would have given me a start, since the only thing behind me was a solid wall, but I had been forewarned. The voice was […]

Food & Beverage / North America

Famous Flavors of Montreal:

A Day’s Worth of Meals from Three World-Renowned Casual Eateries Montreal, Quebec is a captivating city. It has a charming historic district, a vibrant downtown area, a mountain in the middle and some of the finest restaurants in North America. But the foods with which I grew up have nothing to do with foie gras, […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #007] Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Florence:

Where “Fine” applies to more than art A rainy morning in Florence had given way to a brilliant blue sky and warming sun. Simon, C.J. and I had made the most of the day, and by the time we left the magnificent Cathedral of Florence  – a WOW in its own right – late in […]

Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #006] Jerusalem’s Western Wall Tunnel

The History of a People Runs Deep The ancient stone beneath my fingertips was cool and surprisingly smooth.  Moving slowly over the surface, my fingers encountered other similar stones, held together by nothing other their own weight. This was a small section of the hidden portion of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, and its very existence in […]

Europe

Ghastly, Ghostly, Gruesome Tales from London’s Dark Side

If you Like Your History with a Hefty Dose of Goosebumps, the Criminal London Night Walking Tour Will Fit You Like a Shroud Standing at the site where Scottish hero, William Wallace was executed was enough to give me a chill in and of itself, but when Robert, our well-informed and articulate City Wonders Tours […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #005] The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Testament to Ingenuity and Endurance On a low ledge at the base of an enormous stone block pillar, I sat, checking my iPhone for email, while a light breeze provided occasional relief from an unsympathetic sun. At my feet, Otto lay on his back, waiting for me to […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 7

The Panama Canal: The 100-Year-Old Gift that Keeps on Giving What is a man-made wonder that has benefited the entire planet, and has brought a century’s worth of economic growth, tourism, political stability and a prominent role on the world stage to a small Central American Country? If your answer was the Panama Canal, go […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #004] The 9/11 Memorial

A Solemn, Yet Inspiring, Tribute to All Who Were Lost On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 souls perished at the hands of Islamic extremists. Over a decade later, as I stood facing one of the two reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, where most of these innocent people so cruelly lost their […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 6

Boquete Coffee: Nirvana in a Cup (Of late, the stories of our adventures in Panama have been sitting on the back burner. The reasons why don’t matter. What’s important is that there is still much to tell, and the saga will not be finished until I say it is.) If you’re anything like Simon and […]