San Maurizio

Milan’s little gem: Chiesa di San Maurizio

Perhaps the biggest discovery of our recent visit to Milan was an exquisitely decorated Renaissance convent in city's historic southwest quarter. The church provides...
Tagliavini Collection of Musical Instruments

Beautiful music at Bologna’s San Colombano Museum

Love music? history? architecturally significant buildings? All this and more come with a visit to the superb San Colombano Museum in Bologna. Built around...
Deccan Odyssey

Seeing India in style on the Deccan Odyssey

My husband and I have been back from India just a couple of weeks, and we are still talking about our many experiences in...
Évora’s Cathedral Square

Évora’s Cathedral Square: an Alentejo “starter kit”

  There is plenty to see in Portugal’s largest province, and my husband and I have spent the past week exploring its nooks and crannies....
"Eye" stele, from Petra

Rediscovering Petra

A new exhibition opens tomorrow at Basel’s AntikenMuseum—Petra.  Miracle in the Desert. In the footsteps of J L Burckhardt, alias Sheikh Ibrahim. It celebrates...
Detail from 15th-century Koran, Uzbekistan

The Met’s new Islamic wing

This is a slice of a page from a monumental rendering of the Koran, from present-day Uzbekistan. Almost as tall as a door, it...
Banteay Srei at dawn, Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor without the crowds—Banteay Srei

A pre-dawn alarm, followed by an hour’s travel with a car and driver, ensured early arrival at Angkor’s Banteay Srei, a 10th century temple...
Carving beneath the Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Around Angkor Wat— without the crowds

Beneath Angkor’s Elephant Terrace Since I first visited Angkor Wat in 1998, tourist numbers to Cambodia’s number 1 attraction have increased exponentially. So, when I...

The smiling face of ABOUTAsia

Angkor is Cambodia’s premier tourist destination, but it can be a test of a traveler’s mettle to navigate the place. A tailored viewing of...
Duomo, Siena, Italy

Siena—art on the walls and underfoot

Siena is a city of art and architecture in a country replete with both. Thanks to a multi-site ticket, I spent the better part...
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