Panorama of the Week: Daisho-in Buddhist Temple — Miyajima, Japan

daisho temple

When you enter Heniyokutu Cave at Daisho-in Buddhist temple, pause for a moment. As your eyes adjust to the darkness, details begin to appear — prayer offerings and written wishes tied to the base of Buddhist statues, Japanese characters tracing the bottom of the lights, faint smiles on many of the icons. In the dim light, there’s a feeling of peacefulness amidst it … [Read more...]

A Mother’s Day Slideshow and Message of Peace from Hiroshima

Children

For this Mother's Day, we are in Hiroshima, Japan, the site of the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Although the city was once a site of death and destruction beyond what we could ever imagine, the message here now is one of peace.Michiko, our volunteer goodwill guide at the Hiroshima Peace Park, explained how her mother was a survivor of the atomic bomb. Her … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Hurghada Fresh Market, Egypt

Hurghada egypt

When most people think about the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada, Egypt they likely imagine relaxing on the beach, scuba diving, adventuring in the desert, golfing, and lounging at a big resort. Hurghada does have all of that.Rarely, however, does one think about fresh markets and a taste of local Egyptian culture. It's there in Hurghada, if only you look hard … [Read more...]

Next Up: Going Big in Japan

Japan Geisha

I have never been to Japan.Audrey has, but she enjoys the distinction of having eaten a hamburger there. In fact, she requested it. Insisted even. Forgive her though, she was only seven, it was her birthday and she was tired of noodles. But she did wear a blue kimono to make up for it.No, this is not Audrey. … [Read more...]

Pyramid Hopping in Egypt

Obelix and the Sphinx

Do you remember learning about ancient Egypt in elementary school?I do. I recall images of Cleopatra, mummies, hieroglyphics, and women with black bobbed hair and men dressed in kilts, all strutting. I remember pyramids that seemed too big to be real, as if aliens must have been the ones to deposit them in the middle of the desert.And I remember an episode … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Citadel Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

cairo mosque

Although the Saladin Citadel in Cairo was built in the 12th century to help protect the city from the Crusaders, the Muhammad Ali Mosque came much later, in the 19th century. Built in the architectural style of the Ottomans, the mosque has a feeling of wide open grandeur punctuated by chandeliers and cupolas.Sit on the carpet in middle for as long as you need. … [Read more...]