Exploring Egypt: Giza/Cairo

2nd of a series on my 7-day stay in Egypt

A sight to behold,
4,500 years old,
Structures in Giza.

Tried a camel ride,
Too high and shaky for me,
Thought I would fall off.

(Not a picture of me)

Another wonder,
Face to face with The Great Sphinx,
From across the dunes.

Drove back to Cairo,
To Egyptian Museum,
So many treasures.

Day 3: Aswan

To see the beginning:

Day 1: Old Cairo


Still Charming after All these Years

Opening Spring Fling in Florida – Part 3 of 3

South of Jacksonville,
Northeast coast of Florida
Sits St. Augustine.

Colonized by Spain,
Oldest city in U.S.,
Briefly British ruled.

Flagler spurred its growth,
Menendez spread religion;
Their legacy shows.

If you missed:
Part 1
Part 2

The Knights that Went Dark

[Day 7 in Tomar]

Once headquartered in Tomar,
The Order of the Knights Templar
Overcame Islamic domination in Portugal;
They were rewarded the castles of Almourol,
Monsanto, and Pombal.

Faced with perceived heresy,
And political upheaval,
The once mighty warrior monks’
Reputation and status were all laid lower
When the jealous King of France
Persuaded the Pope to destroy the Order.

In case you missed . . .
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6

Dachau Concentration Camp: Model of Inhumanity

[5th of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

“You are not responsible for what happened. But you certainly are responsible for preventing it from happening again.”
—Max Mannheim, Jewish concentration camp survivor (b. February 6, 1920 – d. September 23, 2016)

Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind to be built for its purpose and was used as a model for other Nazi-era camps. As the oldest such facility, operational from 1933-1945, Dachau was originally opened for political prisoners, but later evolved into primarily holding Jewish people, who were subjected to gross overcrowding, medical experimentation, and torture. It also continued to imprison political prisoners, non-Jewish Nazi protesters, and groups that the Nazi Party considered as “inferior peoples,” e.g., Jehovah’s Witnesses, gypsies, physically or mentally disabled people, homosexuals.

Similar to the Documentation Centre in Nuremberg, this infamous site has been slowly transformed over time with historical buildings that document what happened here and exhibitions. Some exhibits show what life was like at the camp during its active years, the timeline of the Nazi regime and the people behind it, and stories of some of the prisoners and survivors. In memoriam to all the different groups that were detained at the camp, religious memorials representing such populace have been erected on the grounds and are open for all to ponder the atrocious crimes to humanity that happened here.



Nuremberg: During the Nazi Era

[4th of a series of posts about my late October travels to southern Germany]

Nuremberg was considered as the major center of the Holy Roman Empire. In an attempt to mirror the greatness of the medieval past, Hitler and his Nazi Party chose this city to establish a power base and hold their political and military rallies. Hitler’s ambition and dream of building his own empire is reflected in the Documentation Centre Nazi Party Rally Grounds (Dokuzentrum), a huge building and surrounding edifices that still exist today in the form of a museum established in 1994 inside the Congress Hall. Had Hitler prevailed, there were plans in place to build plenty of additional monuments and structures in the area that were supposed to glorify his political beliefs and stature as a ruler of the empire he imagined would be his.

To Germany’s credit, the museum contains permanent exhibits that educate the public of what led to Hitler’s rise and fall in an objective manner, painfully sensitive to his evil deeds. It is a highly informative forum presented in chronological order, replete with pictures and films. A must for those who want to learn more about this dark part of history. The acreage of what remains of the grounds reveal Hitler’s megalomania.