R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog
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 >Read More >
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 >Read More >
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 >Read More >
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.)
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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 >Read More >
7 Nov 2017Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Culture, History, R. Crusoe recommends, Tidbits & trivia
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 >Read More >
In the fascinating city of Fez, Morocco, the world’s oldest library has stood since A.D. 859. It was built by Fatima Al-Fihri, daughter of a wealthy Tunisian merchant. She loved learning and had an undying curiosity about the world. Fatima oversaw the construction of Quaraouiyine Mosque, Quaraouiyine Library, and Quaraouiyine University, the latter attended ... Read More >Read More >
October 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of Frank Gehry’s titanium Guggenheim Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain. Since then, the museum has attracted nearly 20 million visitors to the region, contributed nearly four billion euros to the nation, and maintains 5,000 jobs. The positive impact the museum has had on ... Read More >Read More >
UNESCO recently added four new sites to its World Heritage List. These were chosen from 27 proposals around the globe. Here are the newest additions:
The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement (Multiple Nations). Seventeen structures by Le Corbusier in seven countries—Argentina, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Japan, and Switzerland—were chosen as ... Read More >Read More >