Mykonos, Greece: Windmills

Framing the harbor off Mykonos‘ Little Italy neighborhood are six of the island’s iconic windmills. Once located along a major sea-trade route, the island’s year-round winds were utilized in milling grain in order to compact it for transport. Mostly built by the Venetians in the 16th century, the windmills played a key role in the […]

Munich’s Legendary Beer Hall & Oldest Brewery: Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräuhaus‘ story begins in 1589, when Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the quality of beer in the city, decided that Munich would brew its own. With that decision, Hofbräuhaus was born, though at the time, it only brewed a brown ale. Wilhelm’s son and successor, Duke Maximilian I, changed that as he preferred […]

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 […]

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 […]

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