R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

11 Apr 2019
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, History, Travel with us

Spotlight on Jordan.

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 >

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The Bauhaus at 100.

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 >

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Living in Sintra.

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 >

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10 Jan 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History, Theatre

Spotlight on Verona.

Verona, Italy, is a city of layers, where ancient Romans, medieval nobles, Venetian signori, Napoléon, and Austrian Hapsburgs have woven a rich tapestry of art, architecture, and much more. From its historic center to the banks of the Adige River, this is at once a bustling, modern northern Italian city and a living testament ... Read More >

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So Hvar, so good.

This year, Europe’s oldest public theater is scheduled to reopen on the sunny island of Hvar, Croatia.

The island of Hvar is full of historic sites. A newly-reopened 400-year-old public theater is just one of them. Croatia.

Way back in 1612, the Continent’s first public theater opened its doors on the main square of ... Read More >

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Spotlight on Vienna.

In the 1995 Richard Linklater film “Before Sunrise,” Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy flirt and philosophize as they wander the cobblestone streets of afterhours Vienna. The film essentially features the city of Vienna as a third main character.

We suggest you watch “Before Sunrise,” fall in love with Vienna, then allow R. Crusoe to start ... Read More >

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19 Jul 2018
Posted in Architecture, Culture, History

Spotlight on Kyoto

The lovely old city of Kyoto, founded in the eighth century A.D., served for a thousand years or so as Japan’s capital. Today, it houses the largest number of national treasures of any Japanese city, including an astounding 17 UNESCO sites. It is also among the last Japanese city to host geishas.

If you’re ... Read More >

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18 Jan 2018
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History

Spotlight on Jaipur

One of our favorite cities in India is 18th-century Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan State in the nation’s northwest, about 175 miles from Delhi. Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is remarkable for the predominant color of many of its facades. Why pink? You’ll find out. (Hint: It has to do with Queen Victoria.)

Founded by ... Read More >

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13 Dec 2017
Posted in Architecture, Culture, R. Crusoe recommends

Mosque? Cathedral? You’re both right.

In Córdoba, Spain, the Mezquita is an unusual house of worship, for here you’ll find a cathedral built within a mosque. Today, it holds religious significance for Muslims and Christians alike.

A Visigoth temple originally occupied the site, built to honor St. Vincent of Lérins. In 784, after the Islamic conquest of Spain, Emir Abd ... Read More >

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Sri Lanka, treasury of world heritage.

The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, just off India’s southern tip, is about the same size as West Virginia, but it boasts a remarkable six UNESCO World Heritage sites. No surprise, once you know that the history of the island stretches back to the ninth century B.C. (though prehistoric humans inhabited the island ... Read More >

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