Rembrandt House Museum

When Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-69) signed on the dotted line to buy this large, impressive town house in the smart Breestraat area of Amsterdam, it seemed life could not get any better....

Bergen and Troldhaugen-Where Nature, Commerce, and Culture Collide

Founded in 1070 and the capital of the Kingdom of Norway during the Middle Ages, Bergen was an outpost of the powerful Hanseatic League of Baltic merchant communities organized in the 12th century. At...

Museo del Prado

With   more   than   7,000   paintings,   the Prado is one of the most important repositories of art in the world, based on a royal collection  fattened  over  the  years  by  the wealth  of  the  Habsburgs ...

Lake Turkana

Appearing mirage-like in the middle of a vast, lunar landscape of extinct volcanoes and lava beds is the world's largest desert lake. A World Heritage Site, Lake Turkana, the most northerly of Kenya's Rift...

Venice-The Lagoon’s Sinking Jewel

Scientists estimate that this world treasure is sinking about  6.4 cm   (2 1 / 2   IN .) per  decade. Flooding is the most urgent problem. A plan to hold back the rising...

Mont-St-Michel – The Fortress Abbey of Normandy

Set  upon  a  massive  rock  just  off  the  Normandy   coast,   the   great   Gothic   abbey church  of  Mont-St-Michel  is  often  called the   Marvel   of   the   West.   Approaching across  the  coastal  flatlands,  I  get  chills when ...

Lugano’s Splendid Villas-La Dolce Vita, Swiss Style

One of Lugano's special pleasures is a walk along the shady lakefront promenade and up to the magnificent 17th-century Villa Favorita. Built by Prince Leopold of Prussia, it is now the home of the...

The East African Rift Valley

Ten million years ago, a huge wedge of land, stretching over 4,000 miles (6,400 km) from Jordan and the Red Sea to southeast Africa, subsided to create a depression known as the Great Rift Valley. Plateau...

Gerbeaud

The final eastbound stop in the sweet-tooth triathlon (after Angelina's in Paris and Demel's in Vienna), Budapest's famous Gerbeaud coffeehouse is a neo-Baroque throwback to imperial times, and an oasis of relaxation in a...

4 Must Visit Big Island Hawaii Attractions

Are you in the process of planning a Big Island trip? Hawaii’s Big Island is a popular vacation destination, partly due in fact to its size. Why? Because there is so much for you...

Monhegan Island – Where the Arts Meet the Atlantic

Ten miles out to sea, tiny Monhegan Island is Maine in miniature, a 700-aere artist's rendering of everything that makes this stretch of coast called Down East great. On its eastern side, towering headland...

Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella ranks just behind Santa Croce as Florence's most important church. The mother church of the city's Dominican order, it was begun in 1246, replacing an earlier 11th-century church on the site....