R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog
Once upon a time—in the year A.D. 951, to be exact—a bishop in France wanted to commemorate his thousand-mile trek back home from a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He chose to build a small chapel, St. Michel d’Aiguilhe, atop a towering volcanic plug in the center of his town, Le Puy-en-Velay.
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When in the wonderful city of Budapest, Hungary, be sure to visit Matthias Church, originally called the Cathedral of St. Mary. It stands in the old Castle District, and its history stretches back to the 13th century.
We are particularly taken by the Loreto Chapel within and the story behind one of its most interesting ... Read More >Read More >
How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel in Rome?
Part of the Vatican Museums, this monument to Christianity contains some of the world’s most treasured art, thanks to a number of master painters.
The chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named, and it was completed in ... Read More >Read More >
Earlier this year, UNESCO added a number of sites to its World Heritage list. Among them are churches by the Pskov School of Architecture.Read More >
On a journey to Portugal, you’ll notice an architectural style that doesn’t quite fit those you’ve witnessed elsewhere. What you’re seeing is Manueline style, a 16th-century Portuguese architecture that melds late-Gothic elements with maritime themes and 15th-century Spanish Plateresque as well as Mudéjar, Italian, and Flemish flourishes.
The style, most popular from 1490 to 1520, ... Read More >Read More >
On a visit to Peru, you’ll learn about the incredible Inca, who were responsible for some of the country’s most amazing sites. Machu Picchu, of course. Ollantaytambo. Coricancha. Sacsayhuaman…
Here’s a short history of the Inca to get you oriented in time.
Peru’s population can be traced back to 2500 B.C., when farmers and fishermen ... Read More >Read More >
The country of Jordan has much to recommend it. Its centerpiece, ancient Petra, should be on every world traveler’s bucket list, but we also love Jerash, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Amman. Here stand the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, originally founded circa 331 B.C. by Alexander the ... Read More >Read More >
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the legendary German art school that sought to replace the fussiness of Victoriana and the formalism of Edwardian aesthetics with clean-lined, functionalism—in architecture as well as design. On a one-time-only Hosted Journey to Berlin in November 2019, we take a close look ... Read More >Read More >
Many travelers heading to Portugal put Pena Palace, in the town of Sintra, at the top of their “Must See” list. And while we agree that it shouldn’t be missed, there is another quite compelling reason to visit Sintra: Quinta da Regaliera. In fact, this is our favorite stop in town, and we wouldn’t ... Read More >Read More >