Europe

One of the most diverse and populated continents on the planet, Europe has a long history of attracting travelers to its varied attractions.

Holger the Dane at Kronborg Castle

One of the most famous attractions at Kronborg Castle, Holger the Dane sits sleeping in the tunnels below the castle.… Read More

November 17, 2019

Kronborg Castle’s Chapel

The Chapel at Kronborg Castle isn't especially large, and it's not ornate by the standards of other European churches, but… Read More

February 1, 2020

Kronborg Castle’s Royal Apartments

The Royal Apartments at the 16th-century Kronborg Castle are where King Frederick II and his young queen, Sophie, lived and… Read More

January 29, 2020

Kronborg Castle / Hamlet’s Castle

Known as Hamlet's Castle because Shakespeare's play was set there, Kronborg Castle is a 16th-century castle on a strategic peninsula… Read More

October 1, 2019

Cruising Through Polar Bear Country in the Barents Sea

A timelapse I shot while our ship was punching through the polar ice pack in the Barents Sea near Sjuøyane,… Read More

January 12, 2020

Copenhagen’s Surprisingly Little Mermaid Statue

Perched on a rock about 10 feet from the shore in Copenhagen, the century-old bronze statue of The Little Mermaid… Read More

October 31, 2019

Maritime Museum of Denmark

The Maritime Museum of Denmark isn't your typical maritime museum. It takes a modern approach to telling the stories of… Read More

November 26, 2019

North Pole Expedition Museum in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Formerly known as the Spitsbergen Airship Musuem, Longyearbyen's North Pole Expedition focuses on several attempts around the beginning of the… Read More

February 4, 2020

Nuruosmaniye Mosque

Nuruosmaniye Mosque is newer than many of the other mosques in Istanbul, and its ornate Baroque style sets it apart. Read More

November 5, 2019

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Nestled in a market area near the Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque features exquisite Iznik tiles in its compact yet… Read More

August 18, 2019

Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora

The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora is a 17th-century monastery that features impressive polychromatic marble and the tomb of… Read More

September 3, 2019

Lisbon’s Castelo de Sao Jorge

Sitting high on a hill overlooking the center of Lisbon, the Moorish Saint George Castle looks exactly how a castle… Read More

December 4, 2019

The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s Oldest Computer

When sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900 stumbled upon shipwreck, they had no… Read More

October 10, 2019

The Luminaries of Portuguese History and Culture

Under the distinctibe white dome, the National Parthenon pays tribute to luminaries in Portuguese history and culture, including navigators, kings,… Read More

September 3, 2019

Lisbon’s Royal Town Square

In a space once occupied by the royal palace, Lisbon's Praça do Comércio (or Commerce Square) occupies not just prime… Read More

September 28, 2019

Palace of Sintra

The Palace of Sintra sits in the heart of the old town section of Sintra. From 1385 through 1880 it… Read More

December 16, 2019

Portugal’s Maritime History Museum

Lisbon's national Maritime Museum pays homage to Portugal's proud maritime history from centuries ago. Read More

January 17, 2020

Museu de São Roque

Attached to the Igreja de São Roque, the Museu de São Roque displays artifacts related to the church's history, collections… Read More

December 26, 2019

Lisbon’s Military Museum

Lisbon's Military Museum, housed in a 16th-century cannon foundry next to the Tagus River, showcases Portugal's important military history. Read More

September 30, 2019

Igreja de São Roque, Portugal’s Oldest Jesuit Church

Portugal's oldest Jesuit church is plain on the outside, but inside it's beautifully decorated with a series of Baroque chapels. Read More

November 30, 2019

Lisbon’s Graffiti

Lisbon has nowhere near the level of rampant graffiti that Athens has, but there is still some creative and impressive… Read More

November 5, 2019

Belem Tower, Guarding the Entrance to Portugal’s Global Empire

One of Portugal's iconic landmarks, Belem Tower (Torre de Belém) was built in the early 16th century to guard the… Read More

September 12, 2019

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Greece

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is one of the grandest churches in this ancient city. And in typical Greek Orthodox… Read More

August 15, 2019

The Dimotiki Agora in Athens

If you want to see where many of the Athen’s restaurants gets their fresh seafood and meat, head to the… Read More

November 27, 2019

Athens is Paradise for Graffiti Artists

The Greek economy might be in the toilet, but at least one group is clearly thriving in Athens: graffiti artists. Read More

December 12, 2019

Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge has multiple personalities. It spans the Golden Horn from Eminonu to Karakoy and provides both a real… Read More

February 5, 2020

The Karakoy Waterfront

It's one of Istanbul's real treats to sit on the waterfront of Karakoy sipping Turkish tea, Rika, or a cold… Read More

January 15, 2020

The Imperial Council Hall at Topkapi Palace

These three chambers, between the Harem and the rest of Topkapi Palace, are where Ottoman Sultans met with their imperial… Read More

April 6, 2020

The Blue Mosque

There are good reasons why the Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul's prime attractions and one of the world's iconic… Read More

January 11, 2020

Istanbul’s Grand “New” Mosque

In Istanbul, new is relative. The New Mosque might be newer than the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia, but having… Read More

October 22, 2019

Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar

You can get a lot more than spices at Istanbul's Spice Bazaar, but spices are the undeniable stars. Read More

December 4, 2019

The Tombs of the Sultans

The Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia show that the Ottomans were as serious about their art and decoration… Read More

April 6, 2020

National Palaces Painting Museum

Reopened in a newly renovated space in the Crown Prince's apartments of Dolmabahce Palace, the National Palaces Painting Museum showcases… Read More

October 25, 2019

Istanbul’s Ancient Basilica Cistern

This isn't just any old water tank. Buried under the streets next to Hagia Sophia might well be the most… Read More

August 16, 2019

Istanbul Naval Museum

If I was picking a name for this museum, I wouldn't use the word "naval." Istanbul Maritime History Museum would… Read More

January 4, 2020

The British Museum

The British Museum in central London is one of the world's great museums and is devoted to human history and… Read More

January 23, 2020

Conwy Castle

The medieval castle at Conwy is imposing and impressive--as it was meant to be. But its key virtue was location. Read More

October 13, 2019

Caernarfon Castle

All of the surviving castles that King Edward I had built in the late-13th century are impressive. But Caernarfon Castle… Read More

November 14, 2019

Waterloo Panorama Virtual Tour

This 360° panorama captures the entire painting inside the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo. Read More

October 12, 2019

Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo

The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo, in its own building next to the Lion's Mound, brings an old-world tourist… Read More

August 30, 2019

The Battlefield of Waterloo

Nearly 33,000 men died on these fields. And it was here, on 18 June 1815, that Napoleon's march toward nearby… Read More

December 28, 2019

Napoleon’s Last Headquarters

Ferme du Caillou, next to the battlefield of Waterloo, is where Napoleon spent the night before the Battle of Waterloo.… Read More

December 17, 2019

Bruges by Night

The docks and canals of Bruges once bustled at night. Now it's still. And beautiful. Read More

August 31, 2019

The Belfry of Bruges

The Belfry of Bruges is the most famous landmarks is this charming medieval city. But it hasn't all been peeling… Read More

November 29, 2019

The Musical Instrument Museum of Brussels

The Musical Instrument Museum in Brussels has a lot to see. But it has even more to hear. Read More

September 7, 2019

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Flemish art has a well-deserved reputation for its beauty. Some of the best is on display at the Royal Museums… Read More

October 2, 2019

Cathedral of Saints Michael & Gudula

Most churches count their blessings to have one patron saint. This one has two. Read More

October 29, 2019

Mannekin Pis

It's probably the most famous landmark in Brussels, perhaps in all of Belgium. And yes, it really is a statue… Read More

January 27, 2020

The Trevi Fountain

Rome's Trevi Fountain draws massive amounts of tourists into its cramped plaza all day every day. Read More

April 24, 2020

The Churchill War Rooms

This was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's underground command bunker during some of the most dangerous days (and nights) of… Read More

December 25, 2019

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s Byzantine Jewel

Hagia Sophia is old. Very old. The building that currently stands on the first of Istanbul's famous seven hills dates… Read More

April 6, 2020

Paris Skyline

For a big city--12 million people and counting--Paris doesn't have the kinds of skyscrapers you might expect. Aside from a… Read More

December 10, 2019

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle has stood for 700 years so far. And there's every chance it'll stand guard of this corner of… Read More

April 24, 2020

Highclere Castle

You don't have to be a fan of Downton Abbey to appreciate the beauty of Highclere Castle sitting on a… Read More

September 4, 2019

The London Eye

It's a bit like London's version of the Eiffel Tower--a towering landmark that the city's locals initially greeted with skepticism,… Read More

September 25, 2019

Prague, Bohemia’s Capital

Prague (or Praha, if you're Czech), the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the continent's most charming historical… Read More

December 7, 2019

The Marina Grande Waterfront in Capri, Italy

From the winding walkways through the village and along the tops of stunning cliffs over the Mediterranean (there are virtually… Read More

October 11, 2019

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate

Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is Germany's most recognizable landmark and a powerful symbol of Germany history and the… Read More

October 11, 2019

Winter on St. Petersburg’s Neva River

There's something about the tone of this photo of a tree on the banks of the Neva river that really… Read More

January 19, 2020

A Stone Farm House Amidst Burgundy’s Vineyards

There's something about this stone house in the midst of rows of grape vines in the spring that really captures… Read More

January 14, 2020

Yuri Gagarin Monument in Moscow

Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. The Gagarin Monument in Moscow is a an apt… Read More

September 27, 2019

Krakow’s Rynek Glowny at Night

This black and white panorama of the Rynek Glowny central square in Krakow's Old Town is one of my oldest… Read More

August 22, 2019

Rome, Italy

Rome is one of the world's great cities and a visit is always a feast for the senses. There's something… Read More

December 25, 2019

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar

With about 4000 individual stores, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar has endless rows of storefronts and a staggering variety of merchandise that… Read More

November 9, 2019

Istanbul’s Beautiful Mosques

Istanbul's mosques dominate the city's skyline, and their understated and elegant interiors can be stunningly beautiful. Read More

October 29, 2019

London by Night

Like others of the world's great cities, London really sparkles at night and dusk, making for some beautiful photo opportunities. Read More

August 19, 2019

The Iron Lady of Paris (The Eiffel Tower)

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. Standing tall over the Paris Skyline, it has become… Read More

September 15, 2019

On the Banks of the Blue Danube

Resplendent in lavish architecture, Baroque art, and wide boulevards, Vienna is a pedestrian tourist's paradise as well as being consistently… Read More

December 11, 2019