Jaszczurówka Chapel, Zakopane, Poland

The Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Jaszczurówka Chapel) is a Roman Catholic Church built in Zakopane Style between 1904 and 1907. The building was erected by “goral” carpenters under the supervision of Aurelian Blocha, who is said to the be the designer of the church’s main altars. The Goral people are an ethnic group primarily found in Southern Poland and Northern Slovakia.

Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys

The Fairy Chimneys in the central Anatolia region of Turkey are truly a geological phenomenon. You see, as a result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, hardened ash turned into porous rock. Then, after years of erosion, the softer rock wore away leaving pillars, some of which stand as high as 130 feet and topped with mushroom-like caps.

A Visit to Santos, Brazil

I am not sure which might be more loved by Brazilians; coffee or football. What better way to dive into the local flavor of the region, than a visit to the Brazilian Coffee Museum. Located in the former Official Coffee Exchange building, the Museu do Café offers exhibits intended to give information about the history of coffee in Brazil. Besides nearly 500 trophies, there are life-size photos, banners, documents, uniforms, and soccer balls, making the Santos Football Museum an interesting stop. Santos Botanical Gardens displays over 100 species of orchids and is home to a few peacocks, iguanas and turtles.

Cultural Indulgence…a visit to Zanzibar

When I stepped off the boat in Zanzibar, I instantly felt transported to a place where time stands still. I was struck by the mix of African and Arab cultures. I doubt that little has changed in the traditions of locals over the years.