Category Archives: Europe

Irene Shaland’s latest article “A Personal Story about Holocaust” was published by The International Writers Magazine, Hack Writers

I did not travel anywhere to find this story. It lives within me, as it does within most Jewish people’s hearts and minds. These are our personal Holocaust narratives: pain and loss, lives interrupted, generations unborn, and post-war silence and … Continue reading

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Holiday Magazine Publishes Irene Shaland’s Swiss Alps Article

              It was great news when our Alps article appeared in Europe. The UK/French travel magazine Holiday Magazine published Irene Shaland’s latest travel article “The Non-Skier’s Guide to Enjoying the Swiss Alps”  This used to … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Lecture Draws a Large Audience at the New City Library, NY

Over 60 people attended Irene Shaland’s lecture “Scandinavia through the Eyes of a Jewish Traveler” at the New City Public Library, New City, NY on June 21. Some already knew Irene from her October, 2014 lecture on China. Many met … Continue reading

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James Bond’s Swiss Connection

Back in 1969, James Bond, also known to millions as 007, was doing what he is always doing – saving the world.  But this time, it was different.  In addition to saving an imaginary world from imaginary villains, Bond managed … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Credit Card Foreign Transaction Fees – Part Two

In one of our earlier blog posts, we recommended a few credit cards that do not charge foreign transaction fees when you use the card outside of the US.  If you travel abroad and don’t have one of those credit … Continue reading

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Judaica Research and Education Center in St. Petersburg, Russia

I recently attended an Educators meeting at the Jewish Federation building in Beachwood.  The meeting centered on a fascinating exhibit of old photographs from shtetls or Jewish Villages before World War I.   Titled “The Way We Looked,” the Beachwood exhibit … Continue reading

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Irene Shaland’s Lecture “Scandinavia through the Eyes of a Jewish Traveler” Presented at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on March 4, 2015

Irene Shaland presented her popular lecture “State of Deception: the Power of Nazi Propaganda” at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage  in conjunction with the Museum’s outstanding exhibit “State of Deception: the Power of Nazi Propaganda.”  Irene based the slide … Continue reading

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Denmark revisited: Hatred and violence in the ‘Righteous among the Nations

Irene Shaland’s latest article “Denmark revisited: Hatred and violence in the ‘Righteous among the Nations” was published in Los Angeles Jewish Journal on February 18. Please follow the link to read it: http://bit.ly/17fPUTp         Read Irene’s Jewish stories from … Continue reading

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Best B&B in Palermo

I selected a B&B in Palermo called BB22 not only because of its high reputation and excellent reviews, but also because I wanted to support those who restore Palermian ancient palaces.  BB22, a hidden gem in the heart of historic … Continue reading

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Discovering Palermo and Sicily with Bianca Del Bello

I met Bianca Del Bello by pure chance when searching for experts in Palermo Jewish history.  After a few email exchanges, I knew that I met not only a superbly knowledgeable historian but also a friend with a big heart.  … Continue reading

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