Hamantaschen or Hamantashen Cookies for Jewish Festival of Purim

RECIPE: Hamantashen

Hamantashen are triangular-shaped cookies usually eaten during Purim, the most festive Jewish celebration of the year. Highly celebrated in Israel, Purim commemorates the saving of the Jews during the Persian Empire. Haman, counselor to Persian King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I), ordered the killing of all Jews, but Esther, wife of the king and a Jewish woman […]

Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand

Discover “Wellywood” on Your New Zealand Vacation

With striking scenery, unspoiled rural landscapes, and a growing film industry dubbed “Wellywood,” it’s no surprise New Zealand has become a top filming location for some of the world’s biggest blockbusters. It is also home to several world-class directors and a top production company. New Zealand’s dramatic scenery is the perfect backdrop for many famous […]

Night Scenes of Wintry Coburg in Bavaria, Germany

Coburg, Bavaria: The Romantic Link Between Germany and Britain

Located in southeast Germany is a beautiful region Globetrotters should explore at least once on their German vacations… the state of Bavaria. In northernmost Bavaria lies a town with a rich history that intimately connects Germany to Great Britain. I visited Germany twice for several months before I turned four. At the time, my maternal […]

Cathedral of Arequipa and Volcano in Background, Arequipa, Peru

Discover Arequipa, an Architectural Surprise on Your Peruvian Vacation

So you have possibly arranged or are considering a trip to Peru, and your first choices of destinations more than likely include Machu Picchu and Cusco. Good choices! However, here’s another destination you might want to think about adding to your Peruvian vacation which might come as a pleasant surprise… Arequipa. Arequipa, Peru’s second largest […]