• Books,  Jewish History,  Travel Tips

    Jewish Diaspora Book Review

    photo femme 40 ans We came across a recent review of Irene Shaland’s book “The Dao of Being Jewish and Other Stories: Tales of Jewish Diaspora, Persecution, the Holocaust and Rebirth in Europe, Africa and Asia” and want to share it with our readers. Reviewed by  Beverly Friend, Ph. D., Professor of English at Oakton Community College, Executive Director of the China Judaic Studies Association. “When this book came out, I emailed a brief blurb to the China/Judaic Studies list, noting the cities and countries covered.  However, Chapter 4, on Kaifeng, is  of special interest.  Reading Shaland’s words brought back many memories of the time I was there in 1993 leading a group of…

  • Europe,  General,  Scandinavia,  Travel Tips

    How to Enjoy Denmark: Suggestions from a Globe-Trotter

    je lisais ceci 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 masterpiece of organic sustainability in everything from their beds and showers to afternoon/evening teas. Plus, it is super easy to get to and from the train station and to all places in the city: https://guldsmedenhotels.com/axel-hotel-copenhagen-vesterbro/. The breakfast there was very nice and the staff was super-helpful in everything.   If you are flying to Denmark, this is how you’d get to the Hotel from the airport (sent to me by the staff):…

  • Europe,  General,  Scandinavia,  Travel Photography,  Videos

    Copenhagen Boat Cruise

    Last May, we visited Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.  Everything we encountered there looked beautiful; and in spite of the cold and rain, this beauty seemed almost surreal.  This short video takes you on a boat cruise through the inner harbor and canals of beautiful Copenhagen.  Denmark’s capital is one of the loveliest and greenest cities in Europe and is a great travel destination.

  • Europe,  General,  History,  Scandinavia,  Travel Photography,  Travel Tips

    Sharing first impressions from Scandinavia

    We returned only a week ago from our trip to Scandinavia and have not yet started on either an article or picture gallery, but here is what we wanted to share: It was cold and often rainy (we are in the North of Europe!), but we had a terrific time every minute of our trip, rain or shine (well, it never did shine). We fell in love with this under-appreciated part of Europe. Scandinavian countries – Denmark, Sweden, and Norway – constitute arguably: the most cultural and sophisticated, most educated and prosperous (with the least income disparities), most highly taxed and socialistic (oh well…), least churchgoing and most unmarried – part…