By: Honey Good
The largest organ in the world is in a breath-taking church, St. Stephens zu Passau in Europe. Here is a short history of the town and this very special organ.
The church sits in the little the town of Passau, Germany. During the 17th century the Bishop enlisted the great architects of Florence and Rome to rebuild Passau earning it the title, during that period, “the Venice of Bavaria.”
I was struck by the elegant architecture and the Italian influence and could tell that at one time Passau was a very wealthy city. The reason for the cities wealth was salt. A city on the salt route could charge fees for docking, storage, distribution and passage. From these tolls and fees great influence ensued.
Because of the influence of the town Passau became attractive to the Catholic Church, both politically and militarily. And thus, St. Stephan Church was built.
I have been in hundreds of churches on my travels and St Stephan’s stands among the best of them in beauty, size and the sound of its organ.
My husband and I choose to attend an organ concert at St. Stephen’s Cathedral. The organ has 17,000 pipes and was built in 1928. One of the unique features is the concept of five separate organs, each with its own sound character. Simply beautiful.
By Akaisha Kaderli
When in a western country, finding table salt is no big deal. Any grocery store carries it, and usually in several varieties and brands. It’s easy to find.
By Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
Because Billy and I live a lifestyle of travel, we often get readers asking us basic questions about medical tourism. Below we have the answers to some of the most common questions we get asked. How do you know if this option will work for you? The following should help you decide.
Q: I have heard the term “Medical Tourism,” but what exactly is it?
By Susan "Honey" Good
What do Nice, France, London, England, Sheldon Good and you, my readers, have to do with my feelings about relationships? Read my musings…
Nice is not the place to travel in December. It is cold and out of season. So why did we trek half way across the world to spend time in a location like Nice? A business meeting and relationships, dear readers!
My husband, Shelly, belongs to an organization called FIABCI otherwise known as the International Real Estate Federation housed in Paris, France. The organization is made up of real estate professionals from all over the world. Over the years of belonging to FIABCI we have established treasured relationships. And isn’t that what life is all about? Relationships.
By Susan "Honey" Good
Our American Airlines flight roared up into the sky over the California mountain tops, its large body seemingly out of control.
The plane banked far left and then far right, several times, rocking back and forth, then leapt up into the sky and then, seemed to be falling to the earth. Fortunately, after a time, the plane’s path leveled off.
I could sense the distress of other passengers as I sat alone in row 26, without my Ultimate Concierge, Shelly. Gratefully, I was feeling ‘as cool as a cucumber,’ thinking to myself, ‘whatever will be will be.'
Why was I so cool? For starters, I am an educated traveler and I know turbulence is not dangerous.
Popular cities like London, Paris, and Rome are spectacular. But if you’re looking for a new adventure, off the typical tourist path, you’ll adore my list of underrated European cities. Let's explore, darlings!
I am in my condo in the sky watching television. I am in shock as my eyes take in the devastated city of Aleppo, Syria. Darlings, I toured the city of Aleppo; walked the streets, visited the shops and sites of interest, talked to the people and now I am viewing this huge city in utter ruin.
I vividly remember a day 5 or 6 years ago. The mail arrived. Thumbing through it my eyes caught sight of a travel brochure: Travel to the Middle East.
“Shelly, Shelly I just found our next adventure. “World Affairs Council is taking a small group to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. We will visit the American Embassy’s; have dinner discussions with professors and tour places most Americans will never see in their lifetime.”
I did not come up for air, darlings. My excitement was contagious and my husband felt it. A decision was made that day to travel, again, back to the Middle East. This time our travels would take us to Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
I've been traveling so much of late and so, one of the things I needed in my wardrobe is basic pieces that are soft, comfortable and stylish... and that can get from point A to point B without becoming a wrinkled mess. And, darlings, I am happy to share with you that I discovered just what I needed at a website called PerfectlyCovered.com.
By Susan "Honey" Good
As our jet dropped below cloud level, I was taken aback as I looked down on the capitol of Panama, Panama City! It is the most vibrant cosmopolitan capital in Central America. Sky Scrappers framed by the Pacific Ocean and the man-made Panama Canal took my breath away. I could hardly wait to touch down, grab our ride and head into the city to explore!
If you want to have a successful, joyful and stress free adventure to a new country, not a resort area, I suggest you follow ‘my Honey Good 1st rule of advice,’ darlings: Spend your monies on choosing a first rate guide. You have 2 options. You can travel with a reputable travel group such as Tauck Travel or Abecrombie and Kent or, if you prefer, you can travel with a private guide hired for you through your travel agent.
Shelly and I have traveled near and far with groups and privately. There are wonderful advantages to both and, in my opinion, there is no value in spending money on travel without investing in an experienced guide; your teacher. It is impossible to see and experience a city or country otherwise.