Ohrid, North Macedonia

Editor’s note: North Macedonia is not a place that has ever been on my travel radar, but this amazing glimpse into the place by our writer Sam Spector makes me want to go. For more of Sam’s work, click here to visit his index. I love UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To date, there are 1,121…

A Beatles Walking Tour of Liverpool

Editor’s note: I’ve never been to Liverpool, so we are lucky to have Mandy give us a taste of the most famous residents the city has ever known. For more of her awesome walking tours, click here. Liverpool one of my favorite places to visit in England and it is probably most famous for being…

The Micro-Nation of San Marino

Editor’s note: like Sam, I also have the goal to visit most, if not all, countries of the world, but especially all the countries of Europe. San Marino is one I’m missing, and will make sure to hit the next time I’m in Italy. For more of Sam’s adventures, click here to visit his index…

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…

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…

Cuisine Profile: Tapas

Tapas has become one of the hottest cuisines in the United States. However, what we think of as tapas has little to do with the foundational cuisine in Spain. So what is tapas, where does the concept originate, and how has it evolved? Today we will take a deep look at one of my favorite…

Spectacular Serbia

Editor's note: getting off the beaten path can lead to some amazing experiences, like this trip to Serbia by writer Sam Spector. When I was in Belgrade ten years ago, I remember thinking that it was going to be a hot destination, but wasn't quite there yet. I'm glad to see it made it! For…