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…

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…