Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia

Hot-Air Ballooning Cappadocia
Floating mid-air, we slowly rise above the sharp peaks of oddly-shaped fairy chimneys to find the rosy red sun in our faces. We are atop a hot-air balloon, flying above one of the best ballooning spots in the world: Cappadocia. Cappadocia is known for its mystical landscapes dotted with over thousands...

Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk

Amsterdam: The Chimes of Westerkerk
The chimes of Westerkerk reverberate across Prinsengracht canal, then the sound ebbs away. This musical intermezzo makes me think of what Anne Frank wrote in her diary on 11th June 1942, when she and her family had been in hiding for only three days. Het Achterhuis or the Annex where the family spent...

One of Final Space Shuttle Launches Set for May 14

One of Final Space Shuttle Launches Set for May 14
STS-132 Atlantis is scheduled to launch on Friday, May 14 at 2:19 p.m. from the Kennedy Space Center (map).  With 25 years of service under its belt, this will be the last scheduled mission for the orbitor Atlantis. While tickets to view the launch from the grounds of the Space Center are sold out,...

Food Network features Oahu eateries

Food Network features Oahu eateries
Hawaiian plate lunch Earlier this month, three of Oahu’s most popular eateries were recently featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” in a special program called “Triple D Goes Hawaiian. ” On “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” funny, energetic and charismatic host,...

Istanbul’s Blue Wonder – the Sultan Ahmed Camii

Istanbul’s Blue Wonder – the Sultan Ahmed Camii
Let’s be a bit fanciful here. Sultan Ahmed I, who had become king at the early age of 14, was in distress. The wars with Persia had gone badly, finances were not as they should be and he had to look at Hagia Sofia, the most revered mosque at the time, only it wasn’t his. The year was 1609 and he...