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 Wall came tumbling down.

In November 2019, R. Crusoe heads to Berlin, Germany, to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

You’re invited.

Two great R. Crusoe friends, Kerstin Schellhorn-Piontek and Kai Schellhorn, host this journey in their home city. Kerstin grew up in East Berlin, Kai in West Berlin, and they ... Read More >

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31 Jan 2019
Posted in Culture, History

Huldufolk are hard to find.

We’d like to introduce you to Iceland’s Huldufolk, the Hidden People (invisible small, humanlike creatures with pointy ears) that have been a part of folklore, and day-to-day Icelandic life, since the island nation was first settled.

In such a magical landscape, who wouldn’t believe in invisible elves?

Why hidden? One local legend reaches back ... Read More >

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24 Jan 2019
Posted in Flora & Fauna, History, Nature

Day of the (golden) jackal.

Once upon a time, farmers in Western Europe sought to protect their livestock from wolves. Today, that’s changing.

According to a group of researchers, golden jackals (Canis aureus) now far outnumber Europe’s wolf population. The latest official jackal count is 117,000; by contrast, wolves in Europe number about 17,000.

Smaller than our homegrown coyotes, the 20-pound ... 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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19 Dec 2018
Posted in Archaeology, History, News, Travel with us

Necropolis newsbeat.

As if there weren’t already enough incredible treasures to hold your attention in Egypt…

Last week, Egyptian authorities announced that archaeologists had unearthed a 4,400-year-old tomb in the necropolis of Sakkara, just outside Cairo.

The tomb dates from the rule of Neferirkare Kakai, a king of the Fifth Dynasty, which governed from 2500 to 2350 ... Read More >

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Ghoulish history.

As you fill the candy bowl and carve the pumpkin to adorn your front door, we thought you’d enjoy a bit of history about the day we call Halloween.

One of the world’s oldest holidays, Halloween’s roots can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which commemorated the Celtic New Year of 1 ... Read More >

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20 Sep 2018
Posted in Events & Coming Attractions, Film, History

Beyond the big screen.

This December, coming to a theater near you: “Mary Queen of Scots,” a new film based on John Guy’s popular biography, My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. Directed by Josie Rourke, it stars Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and chronicles the ... Read More >

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