Photo Friday: The Blue Mansion, Penang, Malaysia

by Mary Jo Manzanares on March 14, 2014

Blue Mansion, Penang

Always on the list of must-visit spots in Penang, Malaysia, the Blue Mansion is officially known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, named after a 19th-century merchant. Built at the end of the century, the mansion is a vivid indigo blue, making it hard to miss, and boasts 38 rooms, 7 staircases, and 220 leaded Gothic-style […]


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 […]


Are You Interested in Vampire Tourism?

by Mary Jo Manzanares on April 13, 2011

Bran Castle in Romania home to Dracula

It seems that everywhere you turn there is a vampire.  A burgeoning interest in vampire literature and film, from the Twilight saga, which has been made into a movie series as well, the Sookie Stackhouse series that is also on television as True Blood, and any number of vampire romances, it seems like vampire tourism […]