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

Star Spangled Banner

After breakfast, Anya met me in the lobby of the Astoria Hotel in St. Petersburg for the drive out to Tsarskoe Sello (Pushkin) to see Catherine the Great’s Summer Palace and

Welcome to St. Petersburg

As I planned a work trip to Norway I suddenly became inspired.  Why not tack on a few days in St. Petersburg to pursue my interest in Catherine the Great?  With great

Returning to Blenheim Palace

My first trip to Blenheim Palace occurred in 1980 after my graduation from college.  At the time, my father had an office in London with a flat.  My mother and I made

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

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


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