Monthly Archives: April 2010

Spotlight on Lisbon, Portugal

               Lisbon, Portugal, although old and crumbling, is the heart and soul of Portugal. The Old Town is made up of several neighborhoods, the most important of which are the Barrio Alto, the Upper Town, with its confusing network … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Barcelona, Spain

               Barcelona, Spain, is a city rich in tradition which has elements spanning almost 2000 years, from Roman times through the Middle Ages up to the present.  This port city has thrived, especially because of its location on the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Meteora, Greece

              The Meteora Monasteries are found in an otherworldly landscape of tall, cylindrical rocks rising precipitously from the countryside below.  At the tops of some of these rock towers are monastic communities which date back to the 1200’s.  Today … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Jerusalem, Israel

              Jerusalem, Israel, is, without question, one of the most important tourist sites in the world. It is and has been a pilgrimage site for worshippers of three of the world’s major religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Unfortunately, it … Continue reading

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Spotlight on St Petersburg, Russia

               St Petersburg, Russia, is an elegant and cultured city which has endured much Tsarist history and the consequences thereof.  Lately, however, after years of deterioration and neglect, it has reemerged to its royal splendor.  The city, sometimes called … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Moscow, Russia

               Moscow is the capital of Russia and was the center of Communism from 1917 till its ultimate downfall in 1991.  It is a fairly somber city, without the exuberance of many world capitals, but this is changing.  A … Continue reading

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Spotlight on the Golden Circle, Iceland

               The Golden Circle is a fairly short scenic loop from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik.  It takes in several of the famous attractions of the island and can be done in a single day. Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is one … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Monaco

               Monaco, a tiny principality on the French Riviera, is world-famous for its casino (Monte Carlo) and for its royalty and wealthy visitors.  The entire area is positively spotless and totally geared for tourism, especially involving the rich and … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Heidelberg, Germany

               Heidelberg is a university town on the northern edge of the Black Forest region of Germany and lies along the Neckar River.  Thankfully, it was one of the few German cities spared during the bombing raids of World … Continue reading

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Spotlight on Avila, Spain

           Avila, Spain, is a charming, medieval walled city, famous for its Cathedral, its incredibly well-preserved walls, and for St Theresa, who was born and lived here.  The Cathedral is built right into the city walls, so it doubles … Continue reading

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