Dubai has more to offer than I ever imagined. While I expected the parade of architectural marvels competing as if in a skyscraper beauty contest, the dancing fountains, edgy art and old world alleys were just a few of the surprises Dubai held in store. Continue reading “Dubai | Two Days of to Dos”
As someone who grew up during the Cold War and its aftermath, the splendor of Russia’s churches and palaces was a revelation. I read enough Tolstoy and Chekhov to know that religious institutions played a major roll pre-1917, but in St. Petersburg as in Moscow, their beauty and stature were impressive to behold.
In addition to the spectacular churches within the Kremlin Moscow | Red Square and the Kremlin), there are numerous exquisite examples of Moscow Baroque architecture throughout the city. We spent several hours exploring the Novodevichy Convent and adjacent cemetery and there is a reason they are the third most-visited site in Moscow. Continue reading “Moscow | More Highlights”
The sun never made an appearance during our three days in Moscow, but nothing could dim my excitement at discovering this remarkable city. There is so much more to the Russian capital than I had ever imagined. This is the first of several posts sharing our sights and experiences. Continue reading “Moscow | Red Square and the Kremlin”
Mention Los Angeles to people and their reactions are as varied as the city’s neighborhoods. To some, it is the incarnation of the American Dream – the place where stars are born. Or, a sprawling car centric culture albeit one with panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. Lately, many think of the burgeoning arts scene and the remarkable culinary diversity (no longer is the difference between LA and yogurt that [only] one has an active culture). Continue reading “Los Angeles | City of Contrasts”
While I was surprised by how much Tehran exceeded my expectations, I had no preconceptions about Kerman, in fact I had to look it up on a map when I saw my itinerary. I hate to admit such ignorance, especially about a city/region that deserves more attention that it gets. Kerman was settled in the third century, became well known for its cashmere and rugs, and … Continue reading Captivated by Kerman | Iran
Oslo exudes a modern esthetic all its own. While it may not have the charm of its Scandinavian counterparts Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Norwegian capital is firmly committed to the 21st century with stunning architecture and a vast underground highway network that makes it a pedestrian friendly city. Aker Brygge is a relatively new neighborhood that is home to numerous restaurants, art galleries and trendy shops. … Continue reading Awesome Oslo – part 1