Category Archives: Essential Travel Experiences

Essential Travel Experience #70 – Check Out the Dead at a Tomb or Cemetery

Cemeteries might seem like unlikely tourist stops, but, on the contrary, some of them have considerable historic, cultural and even aesthetic significance, so should be considered in certain places. Remember, from ETE #58, that gravestones are in effect memorials and help … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #69 – Locate a City Hall

   City Halls around the world are some of the most dramatic buildings you can find in a city. Because they are the center of the local government, citizens put a great deal of effort into their construction. Some are … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #68 – Gather in a New World Square

    Squares in the Western Hemisphere harken back to the classic gathering places of Europe, and, although they may not have the charm or ambience of  an Old Town Square in Europe, they, nevertheless, perform the same function. They are popular places … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #67 – Walk the Walls of a Medieval City

    Most of Europe’s older cities once had walls. It seems that there was much to fear in medieval Europe. Many of those walls have been demolished, either to allow the sprawl of the city or because they were not needed … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #66 – See the Incredible Terra Cotta Warriors

   Xi’an, China, in about 200 BC, was the home of one of China’s vainest emperors. Emperor Qin Shi Huang was China’s first emperor and he must have been paranoid and obsessed with danger. He began the construction of the … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #65 – Check out a New World Church

     European churches are typically huge and magnificent. Many of them are well known and have been on the tourist and pilgrim scene for decades. In the Western Hemisphere, things are much newer. Except for Native cultures, most of the cities … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #64 – Admire an Architecturally-Unusual Building

     Architecture is fascinating! Mankind is blessed with a vivid and creative imagination which is often reflected in architecture. Passers-by often marvel and are inspired by the depth and breadth of design, how it captures mood or reflects an ideal.      … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #63 – Try to Break the Bank at a Casino

    Gambling is one of the world’s most popular leisure activities. Many areas of the world turn to gaming parlors when looking to increase the public coffers without raising taxes. In the United States, many of the casinos are owned … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #62 – Find a Vantage Point to See a Cityscape

  Cities all over the world present striking silhouettes, punctuated by their tall buildings and landmarks. Modern cities display versions of skyscrapers, reaching for the heavens. Older cities often present charming juxtapositions of interesting architecture. Whichever you visit, the perspective … Continue reading

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Essential Travel Experience #61 – Stand in Awe at Stonehenge

     Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain in southern England, is the oldest sacred site on the planet and one of the most enigmatic places on earth. Most scholars estimate its construction at around 3,000 BC, making it more than 5,000 years … Continue reading

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