CULTURE IS BROAD AND DIVERSE.

We are a dynamic species with rich, complex histories. Let’s try to understand the culture of others, not on our own cultural terms, but rather, on theirs. What is considered “normal” to one, might be rude or bizarre to another. It is important that each of us work to better understand the other.

Through understanding, we may find appreciation. We must recognize and preserve the languages and cultures that are found in every region of every country throughout the world — acknowledging the identity, music, cuisine, environment, and spirit of each.

Be curious. Preserve the old. Embrace the new. The unknown is not to be feared, but to be discovered with an open heart. So, discover the beauty in all people and places throughout the world.

Travel Guides

Vatican City - museum courtyard

Travel Guide: Vatican City

The world’s smallest country is also home to the Pope. However, not only Catholics make their pilgrimage to the Vatican, but people from around the world come in droves. Vatican City is a city-state politically separate from, but geographically surrounded by the city of Rome. The Vatican’s 3 main attractions Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and…

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Travel Guide: How Florence Inspires a Higher Standard and ‘Slow Tourism’

Stunning architecture and sculpted masterpieces, natural regional food and wine—Florence is sure to delight your perspective alongside your tastebuds. No wonder it’s such a popular destination. You really can’t help but fall in love with Florence. Italian Pride and Passion: Learn about Italian quality. Florentine Beauty Abounds: Discover the hot spots. A New Look Beyond…

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A Gothic Treasure: The Valencia Silk Exchange, La Lonja de la Seda

Light streams between a forest of spiral stone columns. Each support twists upward, branching into a delicate web of ribbed groin vaults overhead. This airy—seemingly weightless—volume exalts Valencia’s commercial hub, unique to its time. The History of This Temple of Trade When Pere Compte (renowned master builder from Girona) began construction of this trade center…

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Florence, Italy: Currently Closed. Our Recent Visit Affirmed the Need for Sustainable Tourism.

Today the jewelry and souvenir shops lining the Ponte Vecchio—in medieval stalls once occupied by tanners, farmers, and butchers—are closed until further notice. For several weeks now, response to the Coronavirus global pandemic has shut down many businesses throughout the world deemed non-essential. Tourist destinations have been the most vulnerable to the virus, and Italy…

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