Just inside the door of the imposing Basilica of Our Lady of Guanajuato, on the well manicured Plaza de La Paz, is a statue of an exotic, hooded monk. He’s festooned with ribbons (listones) inscribed with prayers and pleas for healing.
For the next 2 weeks we’re featuring our “Strolling Through Modern-Day Cyprus Series” – revisiting one of the fascinating stops on our Round-the-World trip.
The island nation of Cyprus is at the crossroads of three continents: Europe, Africa, and Asia. It’s the bullseye between Greece, Turkey, Egypt, and the Middle East – not the quietest neighborhood on the planet.
Our bus meandered up the coast of Croatia and over the mountains into Bosnia. Or more correctly, I should say Bosnia and Herzegovina – the official name. The locals abbreviate it BiH, and I like that – or maybe just Bosnia.
Bangkok’s Grand Palace is chock-full of dazzling buildings, without a doubt. But clustered around these buildings are charming statues of mythical creatures – important symbols for Buddhists. However, for most of the tourists who flock here, the creatures
“Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything. From the Interstate, America is all
The day started in earnest when we emerged into the hot, humid, noisy world outside the Bangkok Metro. We were on our way to Wat Pho, home of the famous reclining Buddha, measuring an astounding 150 feet long and 50 feet high. Leaving the Metro