Category Archives: Europe

How to Enjoy Denmark: Suggestions from a Globe-Trotter

Choosing Your Hotel in Denmark Capital Copenhagen If you are going to take some one-day trips, you might want to stay, like we did, near the train station. I suggest a small gem of a hotel: Axel Guldsmeden. It is a … Continue reading

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Free Lecture May 7 New City Library

New City Library Presents Irene Shaland’s Lecture Stones Fill the Void: Visiting the Murdered Jews of Vienna Sunday   May 7th  2:00 PM.  Advance registrations required. Call 845.634.4997 to register. We will journey through 2,000 years of Jewish history in Austria and Vienna, … Continue reading

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Lecture: Jewish Renaissance in Sicily and Sardinia

The infamous 1492 Edict of Expulsion of the Jews forced close to 500,000 people into exile from Sicily. Many had to leave their home country where they lived for centuries, but still many, with nowhere to go, were pressured into … Continue reading

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The “Jewish Question” in Vienna (excerpt from The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories)

Don’t look for the Steinedererinnerung in your guidebook: the murdered Jews of Austria have neither a Rick Steves nor a Frommer. And Vienna, basking in its Baroque and Art Nouveau splendor, would rather have you waltzing from Schonbrunn palace to … Continue reading

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Lecture Erika Bourguignon at Artists Archives

The Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to announce its program: The Woman Behind the Artist- The Many Lives of Erika Bourguignon a presentation by Irene Shaland. Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 PM Address:  Artists Archives of the … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Book Available at Barnes and Noble

Irene Shaland’s latest book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” is now available at Barnes & Noble. Go to Barnes & Noble online Store. In “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories” Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish … Continue reading

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Going to Iceland? We recommend this book

Iceland Going to Iceland on vacation or business?  Take a look at this Insight Guides Iceland. This book is a great trip companion. Invaluable for trip planning and once you arrived, for exploring. Lots of historical and current information and … Continue reading

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Hotel Borg of Reykjavik Exemplifies the Very Best of Iceland

We went to Iceland in November seeking the land of fire and ice, volcanoes and glaciers. We imagined endless days of complete darkness and the magic of dancing lights in the Arctic sky. We expected the sub-zero temperatures and winter … Continue reading

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The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Released

New book of stories from Irene Shaland is now available in paperback. In The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories Irene Shaland presents a collective Jewish narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a … Continue reading

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Chasing the Elusive Northern Lights in Iceland

by Alex Shaland All visitors to Iceland fall into two distinctive categories: those who saw the northern lights and those who did not. When Irene set her trip target on Iceland, she was determined to place herself, our daughter, and … Continue reading

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