Monthly Archives: March 2009


Pompeii & Herculaneum: History & Visitor Tips

Pompeii and Herculaneum, Your Gateway to the Past Sand-swept Egyptian pyramids, gondolas slicing through a Venetian canal, a geisha’s enticing perfume as she toddles by in a small district in Kyoto. These moments are what travelers the world over seek: an evocation of the past, a platform for understanding history’s […]


Vittorio Emanuele II Monument & Rome from the Sky Elevator

The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome is known by few nicknames, and most of them aren’t flattering. Alternately known locally as “The Vittoriano” (the only non-derisive nickname I know of), “The Typewriter,” “The False Teeth,” or “The Wedding Cake,” the enormous monument was built in the early 20th century […]