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Doorways in Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village near Heraklion, Crete

Arolithos “Traditional Cretan Village”

I’ve never seen a hotel quite like Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village before. I only stayed there because I took the gamble that Hotwire offers, and I thought that I’d lost the gamble. I’m still not sure one way or the other. Hotwire On Hotwire, you can book hotels last-minute at very low prices, but their…

The Sex Museum's entrance is a storefront on busy Damrak.

The Sex Museum Amsterdam: cure for insomnia

This entry is part 13 of 21 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The first thing you see on entering the Sex Museum Amsterdam is a life size statue of Priapus, the Greek god of fertility, and he’s … well, let’s say he’s pretty turned on, and well-endowed. Review of the Sex Museum Amsterdam The rest of the museum goes downhill from there. Unfortunately, if I want to keep…

Manacles were used to chain the ankles of two slaves together. Badagry, Nigeria

Badagry, Nigeria’s Slave Past

It took me a whole separate post just to describe driving to Badagry in Lagos, Nigeria. Badagry was the “Point of No Return” in the Nigerian slave trade for 400 years. We were met in Badagry by our guide, Simon Stone Eyanam, who introduced himself as a reggae musician (You can see him under the name “Cornerstone”…

Notice the rings on the ends of the sides. from the Brilmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Brilmuseum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 9 of 21 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I mentioned in an earlier post that I allowed my daughter, visiting from the US, to choose which small museums we would visit together on our day in Amsterdam. She chose the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and the Brilmuseum (Spectacles Museum). Disclosure: While admission normally costs €4.50, I was admitted for free, but the opinions…

I love how colorful Roemers photography is, and the contrast between the moving elements and still elements.

Huis Marseille photography museum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 10 of 21 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I was very happy when my daughter, visiting from the US, wanted to spend the day in Amsterdam, sightseeing with me. I gave her a list of museums I’d like to visit for my series on the smaller, less well-known museums in Amsterdam, and told her to choose two. My daughter, a graphic designer, chose…

These postcards are free for visitors to the Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum

This entry is part 11 of 21 in the series Amsterdam Museums

“That was pretty interesting” is high praise indeed, when it comes from my 17-year-old son after a visit to a museum. The Verzetsmuseum—Dutch Resistance Museum—in Amsterdam is one of very few that have earned a “pretty interesting” from him. Documenting not just the resistance movement during World War II, but also the whole history of…

This artwork in the lobby, called "Unearthed" and created by Frank Bender, lends a face to the people buried in the African Burial Ground.

The African Burial Ground of NYC

New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument has an interesting history. Or, rather, two histories: one of the people who were buried there, the other of the rediscovery of the graveyard and the establishment of this monument. Rediscovery of the African Burial Ground In the process of preparing a building lot for a new…

Cacao beans drying at the Chocolate Museum in Guadeloupe

The Chocolate Museum, Guadeloupe

Just seeing the bright hand-painted sign above the entrance to La Maison du Cacao (The Chocolate Museum) in Pointe Noire, Guadeloupe, was enough to make me happy. The truth is that pretty much anything chocolate-related makes me happy. I’m an addict. Disclosure: This article contains an affiliate link. If you make a purchase through the…

The Valor factory's sign, reflected in the factory building

Visiting Valor in Villajoyosa

Last spring in Guadeloupe I visited an archeological park where I got to sample the pulp from a fresh-picked cacao pod. I heard more about chocolate cultivation at two coffee plantations. Given my obsession with chocolate, I decided to take the process a step further on my short visit to the Costa Blanca in Spain,…