Category: Travel

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...

Column: Invitation to a book signing

Commentary by Don Knebel I am proud to report that the Indiana Historical Society has selected my book, “Flushed with Curiosity – 101 Travel Tales with a Twist,” for inclusion in this year’s Holiday...

Column: Budapest’s Great Synagogue

Commentary by Don Knebel The Great Synagogue of Budapest is among the five largest synagogues in the world and is a symbol of religious tolerance. Sadly, it also remembers a period of extreme religious...

National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan (Photo by Don Knebel)

Taipei: A Caldron and a Cabbage

An estimated 10 percent of the important cultural artifacts from 7,000 years of Chinese civilization are owned by a single museum. The museum is not in China, and its most visited item is not...