Sunday, March 29, 2015

Istanbul, Turkey

He and his son are probably not reflecting on the cultural heritage that exists beneath their feet. Just underground are the vast chambers that constitute Istanbul's Byzantine cistern, now a tourist attraction. It was built when the Byzantine Empire was at its height. Chime in if you know what a cistern is. [2015]

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Brussels, Belgium

Belgian cuisine brings to mind chocolate, mussels, waffles, and frites, but Belgians eat far more bread than any of their signature foods. And, new Belgians from North Africa seem to fill a critical role in putting bread on everyone's table. Chime in if you know what frites are. [2015]

Friday, March 27, 2015

Brussels, Belgium

It is amazing how something so small can be used so successfully to brand a city. It's nothing more than a corner fountain, but crowds of gawkers are assembled around it every day. Can you guess why? [2015]

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Antwerp, Belgium

The verge of spring brings thoughts of new sidewalks and refurbished pedestrian places. Team work makes it all happen on Antwerp's Koningin Elisabethzaal. [2015]

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Antwerp, Belgium

It's not hard to imagine how the African lion got is nickname: King of the Beasts. At Zoo Antwerpen no cages enclose the pride. They have a natural savanna environment all their own. [2015]

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lions are so gregarious. These two females seem to be getting along quite well even though they share a mate. This pride is lucky to have a garden home in Holland's Artis Zoo. The twentieth century was hard on Panthera leo. That's a euphemistic way of saying that human beings, the 'wise ones,' do not want to share the planet with any other large mammal. [2015]

Monday, March 23, 2015

Antwerp, Belgium

African penguins, flamingos, and white pelicans are the birds that visitors love the most, so zoos everywhere put them near the entrance or in some other attention-grabbing location. At Zoo Antwerpen, one of the oldest in Europe, the penguin colony has an open environment right in the middle of the menagerie. [2015]