Photo Friday: El Castillo, Chichen Itza

by Mary Jo Manzanares on January 17, 2014

Pyramid at Chichen Itza Yucatan Peninsula Mexico

Located in the Riviera Maya, Chichen Itza was one of the largest ancient Maya cities in Mexico. Today, Chichen Itza is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. Dominating the ruin site is a pyramid Temple of Kukulkan (a serpent deity), often called El Castillo, or the […]


Visiting Pompeii: Italy’s Window into the Past

by Tui Snider on February 6, 2012

Pompeii, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

From Tragedy to Tourist Attraction One of the world’s most famous natural disasters created one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions, when in August of 79 A.D. the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius buried the town of Pompeii under a deadly layer of cinders, pumice and ash. No one expected the mountain to erupt, so its […]