Cuba People to People, Day 3

My third day in Cuba started out with a visit to the Corona Cigar Factory. Here my tour mates and I witnessed how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the factory, but we were allowed to take photos of the stained glass in the lobby. After […]

Italy: Grotte di Castellana and Masseria Papaperta

History of the Grotte di Castellana The Grotte di Castellana is a series of caves in the Itria Valley that began to form over 90 million years ago. During the Cretaceous period, the valley was submerged by an ancient sea. For millions of years the lifeforms (shellfish and marine plants) left their carcasses on the […]

Italy: Ostuni

Ostuni is a hilltop city that was believed to have been established by the Messappi people. In the 8th century BC, the Messappi started to build the first fortified towns in the region. These city was eventually attacked and defeated by Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Around 216 BC, the region was conquered by the […]