Barbara Weibel

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The Historic 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 …

France

These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirs

Flying above the straits of Taiwan, you may see something strange: a massive set of curved lines running along the shore forming two hearts nestled …

Fishing

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 …

France

‘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 …

Urban Design

Tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy, 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 …

France

Making Comte Cheese in France, Step By Exacting Step

Comte cheese may not be a household word in the United States, but every Frenchman and woman is intimately familiar with this semi-hard cheese from …

France

Ancient Roman city found underwater

Part of a Roman city that experts believe was submerged in the 4th century has been found off the coast of northeastern Tunisia

Archaeology

The Historic Tanners Canal in Dole, France

View along the old Tanners Canal in Dole, France, with Hotel Dieu at right. The canal is so named because its water was used to produce leather goods …

France

Lisbon’s ‘We Hate Tourism’ tours teach visitors how to travel responsibly

“I have a little surprise,” says Pedro, reaching into his bag and taking out tiny bottles of Moscatelito, a sweet fortified wine, for each of us. As …

Tourism

TaiwanFest 2017: Where food and cultures meet through culinary exchanges

Carlito PabloAt the annual TaiwanFest happening in Vancouver this weekend, Asian cultures get a delicious introduction through some of the events …

Food

PHOTO: La Place aux Fleurs, a Serene Little Square in Dole, France

At first glance, La Place aux Fleurs in Dole, France, seemed a serene little square bordered by trim limestone block houses. But on closer …

Art

Rare Swiss festival celebrates Alpine traditions

Switzerland's biggest Alpine festival opened with a day of yodeling, alphorn-blowing and rock-throwing on Saturday at Interlaken. Some 150,000 …

Held

How is Comte Cheese Made? A Journey from Farm to Table in France

Ask any Frenchman to name his favorite cheeses and Comté will almost always be near the top of his list. To a large degree, however, the rest of the …

France

Montbeliarde Cow in the Fields around Poligny, France

I came face to face with this giant Montbeliarde cow at the fruitère (dairy farm) of Marie Roy in Poligny, France. I was curious why she was the only …

France

The Best Hot Springs in the World

When hot water bubbles up through the surface of the earth, the resulting springs are some of the most amazing natural wonders you can encounter. For centuries, these mineral-rich waters have either gathered naturally into pools or have been channeled into man-made spas, both options providing …

Iceland

Source of the Lison River Near Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne, France

In ancient times, the water flowing from this cave near Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne, France, was believed to be the source of the Lison River. Today …

France

PHOTO: Walking the Vineyards of Ludwig Bindernagel in Poligny, France

The Franche-Comté region of France may be most famous for the Comté cheese produced there, but it is also home to specialty vintners who produce …

Walking

PHOTO: Stunningly Beautiful Baume-les-Messieurs, France

Even a grey, overcast day can’t hide the stunning beauty of Baume-les-Messieurs, France. Located in the Jura mountains of eastern France, it enjoys …

France

A Journey Through the Secrets of the Universe at CERN

Geneva held no fascination for me. It was just another Swiss city with a pretty lake and exorbitant prices. But it offered one thing that other …

Travel

View over Sint Veerleplein Square in Ghent, Belgium

Most visitors to Ghent, Belgium, will at some point wander through Sint Veerleplein Square, if only to walk through it on the way to Gravensteen …

Historic Buildings on Graslei and Korenlei in Ghent, Belgium

The view along the Graslei and Korenlei in Ghent, Belgium, is largely regarded to be the prettiest spot in the city. Ghent may be tiny in size, but …

Driver Licenses From Nine States Won’t Be Valid IDs for Domestic Flights in 2018

New TSA rules for nine states.<p>Beginning Jan. 22, 2018, travelers from nine states will no longer be able to travel with only their driver’s …

Airlines

A Trio of Delights in Belgium: Brussels, Bruges, and Ghent

Brussels: Famous for Beer, Chocolate, and Piss. Yes, Piss. As a little girl, I sat on my grandmother’s lap, fascinated by the tales she spun. I …

Travel

The Seven-Second Rule: How to Avoid Being an Easy Target

A criminal decides in just seven seconds if you will be their next victim.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p><i>It takes a criminal just seven seconds to select their next victim.</i><p><i>So how do you avoid being a target? Enter: Steve Kardian, a self-defense expert with 30 years experience in law</i> …

Self Defense

Boat Rides on the Historic Canals of Bruges, Belgium

Though this Flemish city is small enough to see on foot, one of the best ways to experience it is to take a boat ride on the historic canals of …

You Can Stay in Italy for Free at This Hippie Village Utopia

Let’s retire the acronym YOLO, can we? It’s so wrung-out that it makes even a 12-year-old sound like an unironic middle-school principal. But it …

Travel

Saudi Arabia wants to relax its strict religious laws in a bid to attract tourists

One of the strictest governments in the world is taking a small step towards opening up the country as a tourist destination. Saudi Arabia announced earlier this week it plans to create a beach resort where many of its strict religious laws don’t apply.<p>The new resort will span more than 200 miles …

Saudi Arabia

A hot destination: Radioactive Ukraine

<b>By Cheryl L. Reed</b><p>The button that could have started a nuclear holocaust is grey — not red.<p>I learned this after climbing into a nuclear rocket command …

Soviet Union