Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana

Deep in the north of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley lies the region's namesake. There, a fairly unassuming complex of adobe-style buildings sits immediately alongside major streets, and if not for a small sign, most passers by wouldn't know that from this area, one of the most populous areas in California was born. Mission San…

Visiting the Mt. Wilson Observatory

Atop a 5,700 foot mountain overlooking most of Los Angeles lies a place most Angelenos have never been. Driving about 40 minutes up California Highway 2 - Angeles Crest Highway - from La Canada Flintridge into the heart of Angeles National Forest will bring visitors into a world seemingly incredibly distant from the city, and…

Don’t Skip Cyprus

Editor's note: I've never been to Cyprus. When in Israel, I took a short trip to Rodos in Greece instead. This amazing look by Sam Spector makes me want to go to this island as well. For all of Sam's articles here on The Royal Tour, visit his index. For a man who wants to…

America’s First Freeway

When it comes to history, Los Angeles isn't really a place people think of. Sure, there's a legacy of filmmaking, and some remnants of Spanish and Mexican rule, but little here is iconic when it comes to historic sites. However, there is one "gift" that Los Angeles gave the country - and the world: the…

Albania? Yes, Please!

Editor's note: I am so proud to host another amazing piece from Sam Spector, the traveling rabbi! For more of Sam's writing, visit his index here. If you are like me, you have probably had a trip… or three… canceled by the COVID-19 outbreak. Also, if you are like me, as you have been touring…

How to Maximize Your Doha Layover

Editor's note: I find myself, to no surprise, so envious of the travels of others when they are to exotic locations I haven't yet had the chance to see. Here is another amazing story from Sam Spector. To read the rest of his stories here on The Royal Tour, visit his page here. Often when…