Arc de Triomphe – Napoleon’s Triumphal Arch

"Go Home Beneath Triumphal Arch" - A Promise by Napoleon to his Men: Though less artistic than its older cousin of Porte Saint-Denis, the Arc de Triomphe is the more famous and far larger. Set on Place de Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, atop the hill of Chaillot, it forms the centre from which … [Read more...]

Musée du Louvre – The World Famous Louvre Museum

The Louvre has One of the most Important Art Collections in the World: Unquestionably the most famous name in the world of art museums, the Musée du Louvre (the Louvre) largely deserves its renown. Enormous and filled with irreplaceable treasures from around the world, this premier collection … [Read more...]

Uspenski Cathedral – Helsinki's Orthodox Church

Uspenski Cathedral - Modeled after a 16th century church near Moscow: There are many churches in Helsinki city centre and one of the most notable is the Uspenski Cathedral. A visit to this landmark cathedral in Finland's capital is certainly worthwhile and should be included in your Helsinki … [Read more...]

Tuomiokirkko – Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki's Cathedral Architecture is reminiscent of its time under Russian rule: Tsar Peter of Russia had a well-known impact on St. Petersburg, Russia, the city that bears his name. What is less well-known is the flow-on influence he had on Helsinki. Tsar Peter had been dead for more than a … [Read more...]

Natural History Museum – London

The Museum has one of the Largest and most Diverse Collections in the World: Since its founding in the mid-19th century, the Natural History Museum has offered one of the largest, most diverse collections in the world. The dinosaur exhibits are world-renowned, but there are dozens of others … [Read more...]

Basilica di San Marco – St. Mark's Venice

St. Mark's Basilica is an Amazing church with East and West Influences: Venice is an unusual city, a mixture of influences from East and West. Nowhere is the East-West blend of influence more evident than in the Basilica di San Marco (St. Mark's Basilica), the most famous of the many churches in … [Read more...]

Château de Versailles – Palace of the 'Sun King'

Versailles Palace is one of the most beautiful creations of 18th-century French art: As you approach the gates of the Château de Versailles you inescapably have the feeling of entering not a palace but an entire city. The impression is justified given the massive scale of the building and the even … [Read more...]

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...]