A Convent Turned Luxury Hotel: Explore Australia’s Great Ocean Road (Part 3)

St Patrick's Luxury Botique Hotel in Korit, Australia

Looking up at the words  “Convent of St. Patrick” in the stained glass over the entry door, I had to wonder what I was doing here. In truth, my confusion began as we turned onto the drive and I looked up at the classic architecture while hubby announced, “this is where we are staying tonight.” […]

Holy Trinity Cathedral – Unassuming Exterior Hides a Gem

Stained glass window on back wall of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell, Auckland New Zealand

In the heart of Parnell, Auckland’s oldest neighborhood sits an unassuming cathedral. I have passed by Holy Trinity Cathedral many times, without giving it much thought. That was before I learned that its overall design has been described as the world’s only example of the “Pacific Gothic” architectural style. We are quite spoilt, having traveled […]

Photos: Auckland Celebrates Hanukkah in the Park

Lighting the candles on the first night of Hanukkah in Auckland

Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, the eight night Jewish holiday often referred to as the festival of lights.  In Auckland, Hanukkah in the Park is a celebration of music, story telling, food and candle lighting. This evening’s weather was a bit of challenge, as it is surprisingly cold and shockingly windy for a […]

Photo: The Monkey God at Batu Caves, Malaysia

monkey god

This larger than life statue of Hunaman, the Monkey God is located at Batu Caves, in Selangor, just outside of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Photo ©Rhonda Albom 2012 Larger than life, this huge statue of Hunaman seemed a bit of a surprise at the far end of the Batu Caves temple complex, located outside Malaysia’s capital city […]

Finding the Synagogue in the Old Jewish Quarter in Fes, Morocco

Fes Jewish Quarter

Like most Moroccan cities, there is an old Jewish Quarter in Fes. In days past the Jews and Muslims lived side by side in harmony. Although the housing was noticeably different. Walking the streets, you know you have arrived in the old Jewish quarter in Fes when the windows of the houses change from small, dark and […]