Troy, Turkey: Not for the Critics

I wanted to like Troy (also known as Truva or Troia in Turkish). I was very excited to visit the site– I’d read the Illiad and I thought I was intellectually prepared to step on the land of classical legend. Unfortunately while the ruins of this ancient city are currently billed as a UNESCO World […]

Giza: Touring the Ancient Pyramids & Great Sphinx

Located a short distance from modern-day Cairo, Giza is where an estimated 20,000 workers built the pyramids over a period of 80 years. Of the three pyramids located at Giza, the oldest and largest, simply known as the Great Pyramid, is the only surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The same […]

Reims, France: Touring the Caves at Maison Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin

Whether you blend the wines, age them in dark underground caves or carefully rotate the bottles to disperse sediment, there is no where else in the world where you can make “champagne,” other than the Champagne region of France. Of course, this is in terms of the appellation, or protected name “champagne,” which only applies […]

New Orleans: Marie Laveau’s House of Voodoo

Voodoo, which can be generally understood as a spiritual system based on God, ancestors and spirits, within which these forces interact with humans in all matters of fate and fortune, was originally brought to New Orleans directly from Africa. A popular figure in American folklore and likely the most well known Voodoo Queen of New […]

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