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...]

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...]

Schleißheim Palaces – Munich

A complex of Three Palaces: Schloss Schleißheim is a complex of three palaces set in a grand Baroque park in the village of Oberschleißheim in the northern edge of Munich. The Old Schloss Schleissheim began as a country house and hermitage built by Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria. From an early … [Read more...]