Schönbrunn Palace – a Baroque Work of Art

Schönbrunn Palace - Once the Summer Residence of Hapsburg Rulers: The former summer residence of many a Hapsburg ruler, Schönbrunn Palace, is one of the most important cultural monuments in Austria. This Baroque work of art remains one of Vienna's top tourist attractions. It's not hard to see … [Read more...]

A Venice Gondola Ride

A Fun way to experience the Magic of Venice's Grand Canal: A gondola ride in Venice can be a romantic experience for two. Or, it can be a fun group activity shared by half a dozen people.  But on my first gondola ride many many years ago, I actually took the trip on my own. As a young … [Read more...]

Palazzo Ducale or The Doge's Palace

One of the premier symbols of Venice: Although the office of the Doge of Venice was created in the seventh century, it was not until the 9th century that the first ducal palace was built. This old palace was destroyed by a series of fire. The existing Palazzo Ducale, located at one end of the … [Read more...]

A Secret Tour Inside the Doge’s Palace

Doge's Palace - Home to the Doge as well as the Infamous Prisons: Since the early days of the Venetian Republic, the Doge's Palace was the seat of the government, housed the Palace of Justice and was the residence of the Doge. It was also used to house the administrative offices of the … [Read more...]

Hospices de Beaune – a Medieval Treasure

Hôtel-Dieu or Hospices de Beaune is this city's Medieval Jewel : One of Beaune's medieval treasures is the Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu, a hospital that was built for the poor and needy by Nicolas Rolin and his wife, Guigone de Salins, in 1443 after the Hundred Years War. The … [Read more...]

Munich Residenz – the Largest City Palace in Germany

Munich Residenz was the seat of Bavarian Dukes, Electors and Kings: The Munich Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. It served as the seat of government and the residence of Bavarian dukes, electors and kings for 410 years, from 1508 to 1918. What began as a small moated castle in … [Read more...]

Enjoy Operas and Classical Music in Florence Churches

Florence Opera and Classical Concerts in Historical Churches: Florence is a monument to the Renaissance period and its churches, palaces and art galleries are full of paintings and sculptures that many visitors come to see. In this compact city, there's plenty to see and do during the daytime … [Read more...]

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy, one of fourteen permanent overseas American WWII cemeteries: A visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial was part of our tour to see some of the Normandy landings sites, the famous landing beaches, the Caen Memorial and other reminders of Normandy's place in World War II … [Read more...]

A Tale of Incredible Bravery at Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc  - D Day Normandy Invasion : Eight miles west of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument, a memorial that tells the story of the raw courage and incredible feat performed by three companies of the American Second Ranger Battalion during the … [Read more...]