• Europe,  General,  History,  Holocaust,  Jewish History,  Religion

    Irene Shaland’s Book Available at Barnes and Noble

    http://www.caderdt.com/42626-dtf91554-rencontre-femme-mature-france.html 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 narrative from various parts of the globe. She takes the reader on a fascinating journey, both familiar and unknown, from Europe to Asia and Africa, from Vienna to Delhi and Nairobi. The fate of the brilliant Jewish community of Vienna annihilated during the Holocaust shines a disturbing light on the stories of the current rise of Antisemitism in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. Two-millennium old tales of little-known Jewish communities of…

  • Europe,  General,  Suggested Reading,  Travel Tips

    Going to Iceland? We recommend this book

    rencontre femme 55 ans 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 photos.  Articles are well written and maps are some of the best. Includes chapters on Iceland history, features, Insights, photo features, places, travel tips, transportation , accommodations, and activities.

  • Europe,  General,  Hotel,  Travel Tips

    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 storms. The reality was amazingly surprising. The weather was almost as mild as we had it in Cleveland Ohio at a time we left for Iceland: in the upper 30s Fahrenheit. Though we did have our share of icy winds and bone-freezing cold, for the most part the days were calm and often sunny, from 9:30 in the morning till about 4:30 or even 5 in the afternoon: just enough…

  • Asia,  China,  Europe,  General,  History,  Holocaust,  Italy,  Jewish History

    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 fascinating journey, both familiar and unknown, from Europe to Asia and Africa, from Vienna to Delhi and Nairobi. The fate of the brilliant Jewish community of Vienna annihilated during the Holocaust shines a disturbing light on the stories of the current rise of Antisemitism in Scandinavia and throughout Europe. Two-millennium old tales of little-known Jewish communities of India and China, who never knew religious persecution, reveal happy chapters in the…

  • Europe,  General,  Nature,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    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 I squarely in the first category. The problem was that unlike the predictable crowds at JFK on the way to Iceland, the famous northern lights of Iceland are highly unpredictable. However, the best time to see them is from November through December.  So mid-November looked pretty good. Oh, and  it also happens to be one of the coldest months of the year. In addition to the time of the year,…

  • Europe,  General,  Holocaust,  Jewish History

    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 indifference. Multitudes of these internalized narratives are recorded, but many are still untold. [Please follow the link to read the complete article:]  http://www.hackwriters.com/HolocaustIS.htm Read our Jewish stories from Europe, Asia, and Africa.

  • Europe,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    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 be a legendary travel US magazine that was reborn in its new home, Paris, recently. Read the article and enjoy the photos at  http://www.holidaymag.co.uk/murren.html See more images of Swiss Alps: Swiss Alps

  • Art and Artists,  Europe,  General

    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 to save a real-life Swiss company from all-too-real financial ruin. A small Swiss company, Schilthorn Cableway Ltd. had a very big plan to build the longest cable-car line in Europe in Bernese Alps, located in western Switzerland. This areal line would start in the small village of Stechelberg, jump up to the villages of Gimmelwald and Murren, and after passing an intermediate station at the summit of Birg, end its…

  • Europe,  Travel Tips

    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 cards, your “conventional” credit card might be charging in the area of 2% for foreign transaction fees every time you swipe your Visa or MasterCard at a restaurant, hotel, or car rental office. Capital One, Chase, Barclay, and other banks offer credit cards with no foreign transaction fees- you just need to ask and apply for one. However, this is not the end of the story. You have to be…

  • Europe,  History,  Jewish History

    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 marks the first time these photographs have been shown in North America.  The collection was loaned to Cleveland by the Center for Judaica Studies from St. Petersburg, Russia.  The co-curators of this exhibit, two scholars from the Center, Drs. Alexander Ivanov and Valery Dymshitz, presented an exciting lecture/slide show based on their in-depth research. The photographs, taken between 1912 and 1914, captured people and their everyday life in the Pale…