Barbara Weibel

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The Red Rocks of Belogradchik, Bulgaria Light Up at Sunset

The weird and fabulously formed rocks of Belogradchik, Bulgaria, turn fiery red at sunset. Composed of sandstone, limestone, and conglomerate, the …

Bulgaria

Visa Free Travel for Americans Who Wish to Visit Belarus

My goal to travel to every country in Europe was upended a couple of years ago when I started researching how to visit Belarus. I was eligible for a …

Europe

Gaudí’s First Completed House Opens to the Public

The first house designed by Antoni Gaudí opened to the public on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, after a major restoration.<p>Casa Vicens, in the city’s Gràcia district, was the first house designed and built by the Spanish architect, who is best known for the eccentric Sagrada Família basilica in the …

Houses

Immense and Beautiful Independence Square in Minsk, Belarus

These days, Belarus is a truly European country, but emerge from the Metro onto Independence Square in Minsk and you would be forgiven for thinking …

Belarus

The Mail Order Brides Scam is Alive and Well in Ukraine

As I often do when visiting a new country for the first time, I asked a number of people I met in Kiev what one thing best describes Ukrainians. …

Ukraine

Famous Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine, with Funicular at Left

I stood at the top of the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa, Ukraine, and contemplated the hike down. No problem, I thought. It looks like a lot of landings …

Ukraine

Magnificent Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine

When UNESCO turned an eye toward Ukraine, the first site they chose to inscribe as a World Heritage Site was the magnificent Saint Sophia Cathedral …

Europe

Two Exceptional Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Milan, Italy

Not so long ago, traveling as a vegetarian or vegan was a challenge. Fortunately, in recent years vegetarianism and veganism have become more …

Vegan

PHOTO: Eastern Facade of the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden

With seven stories and more than 600 rooms, the Royal Palace in Stockholm is one of the largest palaces in Europe. Located in the Old Town of …

Royal Family

The Ninety Art Galleries of the Stockholm Metro

At first blush, Stockholm was a pleasant place to spend a week. I began in its medieval Old Town, known locally as Gamla Stan, where I visited the …

Travel

PHOTO: Golden Hall at Stockholm City Hall, Site of the Nobel Laureate Ball

The stunning Golden Hall at Stockholm City Hall is one of the highlights on the tour of the city’s municipal center. However, it is just one of many …

Nobel Prize

PHOTO: Old Town in Stockholm, Sweden, Viewed from City Hall

Old Town in Stockholm, locally known as Gamla Stan, is located on the site of the city’s original 13th century settlement. This photo was taken from …

Europe

Nicolas Nicolaou – A Copenhagen Designer Who Denounces the Artistic

Copenhagen designer Nicolas Nicolaou has always had a rule: a design must have at least three improvements over similar products before he will …

Copenhagen

PHOTO: Famous Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen, Denmark

Like the Belgian capital of Brussels, with it’s iconic Mannekin Piss statue, Copenhagen is perhaps most associated with its Little Mermaid sculpture. …

Little Mermaid

PHOTO: Boulevard of Trees at King’s Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark

During my visit to Denmark, I spent an entire day at King’s Garden in Copenhagen. The moment I set foot within the park I knew it was different. Just …

Copenhagen

Copenhagen, Denmark – A Wonderland for Kids

Stay off the grass! No climbing! Don’t pick the flowers! We’ve all seen them, signs that scream “no, no, no” and “don’t, don’t, don’t.” These days, …

Copenhagen

PHOTO: Rosenborg Castle in King’s Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark

Any visit to Copenhagen’s gorgeous King’s Garden eventually leads to Rosenborg Castle. Built by Christian IV, the 400-year-old Renaissance palace was …

Europe

PHOTO: Bee Harvests Pollen at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark

During an idyllic afternoon at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark, I found this bee harvesting pollen from the flowers. The garden is …

Copenhagen

PHOTO: Nyhavn Waterfront in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Nyhavn Waterfront in Copenhagen, Denmark was once a busy commercial port. It was ordered dug by King Christian V in the 17th century to …

Travel

The Grund Quarter of Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

There is a saying in the real estate trade: “The three most important factors in real estate are location, location, and location!” During a recent …

The Mouth-Watering, Incomparable Gastronomy of Dijon, France

Talk about a tease! Florence Bucciacchio, my host from the Dijon Tourism Office began my familiarization of Dijon with a visit to the Les Halles …

Camino de Santiago journal: the walking part

“I should have taken the Camino more seriously,” said the middle-aged man from the US West Coast. “I should have trained more. I’m disappointed with …

Spain

PHOTO: Six Streets Converge at Place des Cordeliers in Dijon, France

Private mansions such as the Hôtel Gauthier (left) and the Hôtel Rigoley de Chevigny surround the rectangular Place des Cordeliers square in Dijon, …

Travel

PHOTO: Fifteenth Century Half-Timbered Houses in Dijon, France

The city of Dijon, France may be best known for mustard and gingerbread, but architecture buffs also find it an intriguing destination. Fortunately, …

France

Stone-paved Streets and Medieval Houses of Beaune, France

Walking through the old stone fortifications that once surrounded Beaune, France, is like riding a time machine back to the Middle Ages. Ancient …

These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirs

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Archaeology

Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, a 15th Century Hospital for the Poor

I stepped into the inner courtyard of the Hotel Dieu in Beaune, France, and stopped in my tracks. Across the brick-paved courtyard, half-timbered …

‘Underground city’ set to become Chicago’s next attraction

Not many people know about the Pedway, a network of tunnels connecting shops and businesses beneath downtown Chicago, but it could become the city’s oddest tourist destination<p>In some ways it’s just like any other Chicago neighbourhood. There are three Starbucks, a gym, a department store and a …

Macy's

PHOTO: Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy in the Musee des Beaux Arts Dijon, France

The Musee des Beaux Arts Dijon occupies the historic Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy, parts of which date back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Once …

France

Place de la Liberation in the Historic Center of Dijon, France

Place de la Liberation, literally the “place of the liberation” in English, sits at the historic center of Dijon France. It is designed in a …