Category: Lifestyle

Reusable Coffin in Melk Abbey (Photo by Don Knebel)

Melk Abbey and its reusable coffin

Commentary by Don Knebel An historic abbey in Melk, Austria is one of the most impressive buildings in the nation. It is also known for an invention that was never used. In 1089 A.D,...

Column: The Church of the Beatitudes

Commentary by  Don Knebel The Church of the Beatitudes, located above the north shore of Israel’s Sea of Galilee, remembers Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, among the most famous sermons in history. The church...

Column: Antalya: World-class resort city

Commentary by Don Knebel When Americans think of cities in Turkey, most probably don’t picture a cosmopolitan seaside resort featuring a harbor once used by the Romans. But Antalya, the fastest growing city in Turkey...

Column: Tallinn: The old and the new

Commentary by Don Knebel Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, includes one of Europe’s best preserved medieval city centers. It is also one of the world’s most tech savvy cities. The city now known as Tallinn...

Column: War and peace in Kronstadt

Commentary by Don Knebel Cruise ship passengers entering the harbor of St. Petersburg, Russia are surprised to find themselves alongside a Russian naval base. They are equally surprised to see an enormous Byzantine cathedral...

Column: Keeping an Eye on London

Commentary by Don Knebel A large wheel has become one of London’s most popular attractions, identifying the city in the same way the Eiffel Tower identifies Paris. It also now identifies an iconic American...

Column: Painting the Berlin Wall

Commentary by Don Knebel According to the history books, the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.  Actually, a long section has continued to divide German citizens. At the end of World War II, the Soviet...