The Terezin Concentration Camp

Editor’s note: another soul searching piece for me from Sam, our traveling rabbi. Powerful, emotional, Sam captures the essence of a place I haven’t had the guts to visit. For more of his work here at The Royal Tour, click here to visit his index. On January 27, I wrote an article on visiting Auschwitz…

Travel Family Night: France

Bonjour et bienvenue en France! Hello, and welcome to France! Tonight we are going to explore one of my favorite countries in the world together, without leaving our own home. France is one of the most popular destinations for American tourists, and it’s easy to see why. Paris, the cultural capital of Europe, makes a…

All About Griffith Park

Nestled in the mountains between the trendy neighborhood of Los Feliz and the San Fernando Valley communities of Glendale and Burbank lies Griffith Park, a Los Angeles wonder. At more than 4,000 acres, it is one of the largest city parks in the country (more than five times the size of Central Park in New…

Experiencing Sinai

Editor's note: what a cool excursion Sam got to take from Israel. Along with visiting Petra in Jordan, I will add Sinai to my list of side-trips next time I'm in Israel - which will hopefully be soon. To read more of Sam's adventures, click here to visit his index. To say the least, I…

Hagia Sophia: History, Legacy, Controversy

As the old song says, Istanbul was Constantinople. (It was also Byzantium, but our story begins a couple centuries after this first - and less famous - name change.) Few remnants remain in Turkey's largest city from this earlier period. There are ancient cisterns that helped sustain the city through numerous sieges, and some wall…