Not a day passes without news of a religious conflict somewhere in the world. But there was a time and place where Jews, Muslims, and Christians lived together peacefully – where ideas were exchanged on art, architecture, science, and yes, even religion.
What drew us to one of Madrid’s busiest plazas was the attractive turn-of-the-century Palicio de Cibeles. This gleaming-white Gothic revival beauty is among the city’s best-known landmarks and is home to the City Council. It’s an imposing structure which dominates the square, but a large banner rippling in the breeze made it even more noticeable: …
The old adage says that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and I guess that’s true. But what if it’s also an extraordinary work of ceramic art and a valuable source of information on fashion, diet, and the lifestyles of wealthy families of Spain in the late-1700s. Now that’s a heart and a …
Spain defines the word passion. From flamenco and bullfights, to pintxos and paella, life is embraced with gusto. The country’s long, rich history is evident in its art, architecture, cuisine, and the daily lives of its people.
Truth is indeed, stranger than fiction. Did you know that the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered when a bored Bedouin shepherd threw a rock into a cave? Or that while digging to enlarge an Egyptian fort, Napoleon’s disgruntled soldiers blundered into the Rosetta Stone?
There’s no one more hopeful and happy than a bride about to get married. They have an unmistakeable radiance that shines not only on their world, but on everyone around them.
You gotta love big, buff guys sportin’ pageboys and holding glowing globes. I mean, really. And you’ll find these stoic, Prince Valiant look-alikes standing guard in front of Helsinki’s Central Railway Station.