Category: Travel

Column: Tallinn: The old and the new

Commentary by Don Knebel Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, includes one of Europe’s best preserved medieval city centers. It is also one of the world’s most tech savvy cities. The city now known as Tallinn...

Column: War and peace in Kronstadt

Commentary by Don Knebel Cruise ship passengers entering the harbor of St. Petersburg, Russia are surprised to find themselves alongside a Russian naval base. They are equally surprised to see an enormous Byzantine cathedral...

Column: Keeping an Eye on London

Commentary by Don Knebel A large wheel has become one of London’s most popular attractions, identifying the city in the same way the Eiffel Tower identifies Paris. It also now identifies an iconic American...

Column: Painting the Berlin Wall

Commentary by Don Knebel According to the history books, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.  Actually, a long section has continued to divide German citizens. At the end of World War II, the Soviet...

Column: Ruins of Shobak Castle

Commentary by Don Knebel A Crusader castle about 130 miles south of Amman, Jordan, proved impenetrable but nonetheless vulnerable.  Its capture ended with an unexpected gesture of wartime kindness. On July 15, 1099, knights...

Column: Michelangelo and his ‘Pieta’

Commentary by Don Knebel Michelangelo’s “Pieta” is the most famous work of art in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica. According to its creator, the masterpiece discloses an anti-aging secret. In 1496, Michelangelo, already well-known at age...

Column: Where Castro spoke

Commentary by Don Knebel In connection with the recent death of Fidel Castro, Americans have once again seen Havana’s huge Plaza de la Revolución , where Castro once harangued for hours before up to...

Column: Taipei’s Longshan Temple

Commentary by Don Knebel The Longshan Temple in Taipei, Taiwan, is a favorite destination for students seeking help as they face important examinations. The power of the temple is said to be demonstrated by...