Lutherstadt Wittenberg – Nailed to the Door

Wittenberg has survived a lot of tumult — during the protestant reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, World War II, the Iron Curtain years—but climate change presents a whole new challenge. Though repairs and renovations...

Assateague – Island of the Wild Ponies

Misty of Chincoteague is one of those books my  daughter  loved  reading  as  much  as  I did—it’s  practically  required  reading  for any girl in her Horse Phase. As every Misty lover  knows,  the  book ...

Acre – Israel’s Crusader City

For 2 centuries in the Middle Ages, armies of Christian knights from Europe streamed eastward to “free” the Holy Land from Muslim rule. Fueled by a strange mix of religious faith, chauvinism, and military...

Wisconsin Dells – Aquatic Adventures Abound

Wisconsin Dells gets its name from the stretches of river valley chiseled through 150-foot-high honey-hued bluffs, but that's not what draws millions to this south-central Wisconsin tourist mecca. They come for the waterparks: "The...

Astoria – An Enclave of History and Art at the Columbia’s Mouth

From its perch above the mouth of the Columbia River, Astoria has seen more history How by than any other city in the Pacific Northwest. Established in 1811, Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement...

Edinburgh Castle: Impregnable and Most Famous Icon of Scotland

One of Europe's loveliest capitals owes much of its character and good looks to its showcase landmark, Edinburgh Castle. Most of the city's history is clustered in and around the medieval castle and the...

Salzburg

The old city of Salzburg is in a beautiful location between the Salzach River and the Monchsberg, overlooked by the Hohensalzburg Fortress (Festung Hohensalzburg). The river divides the old and new towns. Salzburg was the...

Port Townsend – A Victorian Seaport Reborn

One of the best-preserved Victorian-era seaports in the western U.S., Port Townsend looks across deep blue Admiralty Inlet, doited with sailboats and ferries, to Whidbey Island and on to the white-glaciered mass of Mount...

Tour Eiffel – Paris’s most enduring symbol

Rising from the green expanse of the Champ de Mars, a former military parade ground established 140 years before its construction, the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) is Paris's most enduring symbol. Built for the...

Istanbul-Big Boom in the Bosphorus

Pollution, a growing populatin, and the continued thread of  another devastating  earthquake put Istanbul at risk. Seismologists predict another earthquake before 2025. Will Istanbul be ready to cope? Population explosion is too mild a term for what’s  happened  in  Istanbul.  Ever  since...

Biscayne

Biscayne, a seascape in watercolor, offers vistas ashore and beneath the sea. Standing on the park's narrow shore, you look out upon a bay that is tranquil on the surface and teeming with life...

Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge

Seventy- Five Percent of all U.S. species that have become extinct are  Hawaiian, including  half  of  the  islands’  native  bird  species,  and  many  more  are  threatened  or endangered. Disease and habitat loss both play a role...

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