R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog

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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Get smart.

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 >

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Artfully accomplished

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 >

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19 Oct 2016
Posted in Architecture, Art, Flora & Fauna, News, Tidbits & trivia

UNESCO’s newest sites.

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 >

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