Bridgeport Connecticut’s Historic Bijou Theatre Renaissance

As the oldest surviving movie house in the country, the revival of the Bijou Theatre brings a unique attraction to downtown Bridgeport.  First opening as a silent movie house and venue for vaudeville acts in 1910, the theatre continued to operate under the names the Rivoli and Studio Cinema, as it changed owners over the […]

Cairo, Egypt: Citadel of Salah al Din

Built on a hill of limestone, the citadel began as a pavilion built in 810 and was later fortified by Saladin between 1176 and 1183 to create a fortified royal city. Saladin, of the Ayyubid dynasty, who had come from Syria, introduced to Egypt the custom of building a fortress to serve as a stronghold […]

St. Louis, Missouri: Gateway Arch

At 630 feet, the Gateway Arch is the tallest man-made national monument in the U.S. The tram ride through the arch to the top takes approximately 4 minutes. Thankfully, during the journey up there is a narration playing that explains the history of the arch, which is a welcome distraction from the fact that you […]

Moscow: St. Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square

Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, St. Basil’s consists of nine chapels built on a single foundation. The most impressive and recognizable feature of the cathedral is its brightly colored domes. Its irregular shape and iconic colors create an effect that makes the cathedral seem as if it were popping out of […]

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