Author: Jacques Rosenberg

Photo of the Week: Harpers Ferry, WV

HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA Crisp fresh air. Piercing yet soft morning sunshine. Steaming coffee before and after a hike. History and small town charm. Thus, Harpers Ferry, tucked between Virginia, Maryland, and the northeast tip of West Virginia. At the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry is also the midpoint of the famed Appalachian Trail, in the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Today lost on most maps, left to its quiet small town vibe, Harpers Ferry has tons of history. Due to its unique location and fortuitous circumstances, the town was commented upon by Thomas Jefferson,...

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What to do in One Day in Warsaw, Poland

SPOTLIGHT ON: A DAY IN WARSAW, POLAND History in a Nutshell: Poland has had, to say the least, a turbulent history. At certain times the strongest power in eastern Europe, Poland has been crisscrossed by invading forces for hundreds of years, namely Prussia, Austria, and Russia, followed infamously by Germany during World War Two, before coming under the control of the Soviet Union. Independent since the fall of the Union, Poland has made quick work of becoming eastern Europe’s largest economy, after joining the European Union in 2004. In 1596 King Sigismund III Vasa moved Poland’s capital from Kraków to...

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What To Do in Two Days in Cairo, Egypt

What to do in two days in Cairo, Egypt Cairo, the capital of Egypt, can be overwhelming. The largest city in the Middle East, with over 20 million people, Cairo is big. And there’s a lot more than the pyramids to see. If you’re time-pressed, you’ll want to be organized and know what to see, and how to see it, in the most efficient way possible. In a surprisingly short time, you can see the main sights and take in this ancient yet vibrant city. The trick is to be patient and accommodating with the place. If you are,...

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Photo of the Week: Dahab, Egypt

Dahab, Egypt Halfway up the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, Dahab is closer to Saudi Arabia than any other Egyptian settlement of significant size. Wedged between the Gulf of Aqaba (a stretch of the Red Sea) and the stark Sinai mountains, Dahab is a little oasis of charm, solitude, and restfulness. A perfect getaway for those in search of more than one “ahhh” moment. The whole point of going to Dahab is to get away from it all. Unique is its hippy-Arab vibe, which you probably won’t experience anywhere else. If you’re here to rush around, the place won’t be...

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What to Do in One Day in Odessa, Ukraine

Spotlight on: A Day in Odessa, Ukraine History in a Nutshell: Not much was going on around what is now the city of Odessa before the end of the eighteenth century. Before then, the spot had been a trading post slash fortress for a time on the edge of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, then on that of the Ottoman Empire. The 1790s are when things really picked up. Fierce land and naval battles between the Turks and Russians ended in Russian Victory. It was then suggested to Catherine the Great that she convert it from trading post slash fortress to...

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