Istanbul’s Jewish Heritage Tour

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin
March, 2015 Vol. 19, No. 6

Italyan Synagogue or Kal de los Frankos

Italyan Synagogue or Kal de los Frankos

Arriving at Ashkenazi Synagogue near the Galata Tower in Istanbul’s Karaköy neighborhood of Beyoğlu, morning prayer was about to begin. The attendance numbered only nine men plus one youthful worshipper. The Jews were one person short of establishing the minyan required to perform their religious obligations. Women, who are required to worship from the balcony, are not counted as part of a minyan, so I was directed to the stairwell. Continue reading »

Iceland’s Winter Secrets and Thorrablöt Festival

Text and photos by Yvette Cardozo
February, 2015, Vol. 19, No. 5

09 Reykjavik Waterfront

“They really didn’t pee on the shark. It only smells that way,” the chef was telling me as I peered dubiously at a bowl of white cubes amid the pile of curious Icelandic munchies on a wooden tray.

Nothing is more dear to an Icelander than food and in February, after a damp, dark winter where genetic instinct has been screaming, “eat!!!” it all comes to a head in the frenzy of the Thorrablöt festival. Outsiders have to be a bit adventurous for Thorrablöt but to a local, this month of gorging on old Viking food is nothing less than treasured history. Continue reading »

Prince Edward Island’s Prized Seafood: Oysters, Lobster, and Musselss

Vol.19, No.4

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin

Colville Bay Malpeque Oysters

Colville Bay Malpeque Oysters

Prince Edward Island’s Bay, specifically Area PE5A Colville, appears like any other body of saltwater. Who would know that thirty acres, fronting the Flynn’s home, offers the ultimate water temperature and a sandy ocean bottom, both prime prerequisites for harvesting PEI’s tastiest Malpeque oyster. Larger and bolder than Kusshis, Malpeque’s are light-bodied, with a brilliant balance of sweetness and brine. Continue reading »

The Lighting of Medellín’s El Alumbrado

Text and photos by Mary L. Peachin

December, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 3

Christmas lights along  Medellin River

Christmas lights along Medellin River

In Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia, frequently referred to as the City of the Eternal Spring, Christmas is the most celebrated festival of the year. Throughout the month of December, two and a half million residents revel nightly while admiring more than twenty seven million Christmas lights. Street vendors line streets, there are free nightly concerts, kid- friendly exhibits, cultural events, and plenty of photograph opportunities.

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