The Defacement of Royal Symbols in Architecture and Art: The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens redesigned their country’s political

The History of Michelin Restaurant Ratings

The first Michelin guide was published by the Michelin brothers, creator of the removable pneumatic tire, in 1900. The first guide was intended to be a survival guide for

Women & Wine in Tuscany

For centuries men have dominated the Tuscan wine industry. However, as more daughters take over the wineries from their fathers it is creating a natural diversity at the regional

We Have the Etruscans to Thank for Modern-day Society and Wine

After several days of marinating in the sweet life we found ourselves ready to delve into the ancient history of Tuscany and its namesake: the Etruscans. On a quest, we set off

Savoring La Dolce Vita in Tuscany

Villa Maramai, where we are encamped for a month during our 45-day trip to Tuscany and Normandy, is located in the Maramai vineyard of The Gracciano della Seta Estate in the

Celebrating New Years Eve on the Nile

We boarded Air Cairo the morning of New Years Eve for the short flight to Luxor where we were met by our guide for a tour of Karnak Temple prior to loading our luggage onto the

Riding Camels at the Base of the Giza Pyramids

The last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza was built over a twenty-year period between 2589-2566BC and it was the tallest structure made by

Treading in the Footsteps of Giants

I have had a lifelong fascination with the Giant’s Causeway and my husband wanted to either play or walk the Royal Portrush golf course.  Combining both interests, we

Nazareth & the Sea of Galilee

After leaving the village of Nazareth, we headed to the Sea of Galilee is the second lowest elevation lake in the world (after the Dead Sea) and fed by underground springs

Jerusalem Market

Machane Yehuda is the largest market in Jerusalem with over 250 vendors selling everything from fresh produce to cheese, honey, meat, and baked goods 6-days a week (closed on

First Night in Israel: It is Well With my Soul

We said goodbye to our friends in Amman, with whom we had traveled across Egypt and Jordan, to board our flight to Tel Aviv.  Upon arrival, our driver picked us up for the

A Day in Petra

After watching Petra: Lost City of Stone and reading Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen, Petra (“Rock”) was on my bucket list of places to see!  Our