Villers-la-Ville Abbey: Belgium’s Most Beautiful and Haunting Monastery Ruins

Herbal garden at Villers-Ville Monastery, Belgium

  With her atmospheric medieval squares and castles, and magnificent renaissance palaces, Belgium is Western Europe’s most underrated tourist destination. Foremost amongst Belgium’s extraordinary historic sites are forty-one ancient weathered gray stone and red brick abbeys. Today, many of these monasteries lie sadly in ruins, derelict victims of revolution, war and other turbulent ... Read Full Article

Exploring the Ruins of Ephesus


Columns rose on either side of us, fluting up into a blue sky.  A worn marble walkway sloped down the hill.  Throngs of people moved past each other.  They pointed and murmured, Spanish and Turkish and Japanese blending into a low, awed hum. It must have been a similar scene 2,000 years ago.  In ancient times, this city, Ephesus, was the second-largest in the Mediterranean after Rome.  As ... Read Full Article