Therese Iknoian

Winner of a gold and silver medal from the North American Travel Journalists Association in 2019 for travel photography excellence. Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian now focuses her writing and photography talents on travel. Fluent in German, Therese also runs a translation business (ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. She's a French speaker, and loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication. Therese is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA).
Mauthausen concentration camp honors liberation’s 75th anniversary

Mauthausen concentration camp honors liberation’s 75th anniversary

The Mauthausen Memorial in Austria offers a sobering look at Nazi terror during World War II. The former Mauthausen concentration camp, located not far from the Danube River, was one of the Nazi’s most notorious camps. It is estimated that of the 190,000 prisoners held at Mauthausen during the seven years the camp operated, at least 90,000 died. 

Virtual travel experiences to tour the world when you can’t leave home

Virtual travel experiences to tour the world when you can’t leave home

Virtual travel experiences are available all around the globe. It is possible to travel virtually from home for planning or pure enjoyment. We’ve assembled a comprehensive guide to the best virtual tours around the world, including museums, art exhibits, live concerts and theaters, national park tours, street art tours and virtual tours of various cultural destinations and sights.

Feeling like Pac-Man traveling in the age of coronavirus

Feeling like Pac-Man traveling in the age of coronavirus

The coronavirus upended the entire travel world seemingly in days. Hurrying out of Berlin, I felt like an evacuee – not that I really know what that feels like – but here I was being forced to leave somewhere I didn’t want to. I felt like Pac-Man scurrying away from the hungry ghost called COVID-19.

Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, a perfect Atlas Mountains sanctuary in Imlil

Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, a perfect Atlas Mountains sanctuary in Imlil

In the hills above Imlil, where there once were kasbah ruins, you find a grand mountain retreat called Kasbah du Toubkal hotel, carefully curated to maintain its historic flavor and local connection with an emphasis on sustainable operations. But Kasbah du Toubkal is much more than a glorious historic hotel on a hilltop. Read on to learn why you WILL want to stay here on your next Morocco visit.

Discover the secret Ostannya Barykada restaurant in Kyiv

Discover the secret Ostannya Barykada restaurant in Kyiv

Ostannya Barykada restaurant, also known as the Last Barricade restaurant, is a hidden secret worth discovering in Kyiv. It is not just a restaurant with historic décor and astounding, creative, all-Ukrainian food and drink. Think of Ostannya Barykada as a gastronomic space in a museum that gives a huge bear hug to the essence of Ukraine.

Understanding German Christmas market drinks – a short guide

Understanding German Christmas market drinks – a short guide

German Christmas market drinks, options and choices. Having a Gluhwein at a German Christmas market seems an easy choice: hot mulled red wine in mug. But do you want a shot with that? Or a different flavor? German Christmas market drinks have become big business. So many choices. We’ll help you decide and know how to ask for what you want.

How to get from Spain to Tangier Morocco

How to get from Spain to Tangier Morocco

The trip from Madrid Spain to Tangier Morocco is not difficult and not that expensive, using the Spanish train system called Renfe and the ferry company called FRS. And you get to pass across the Strait of Gibralter, the narrow body of water that is the only entrance to the Mediterranean Sea from the Atlantic. 

Berlin October days filled with a festival of lights

Berlin October days filled with a festival of lights

The Festival of Lights in Berlin and Berlin Leuchtet (Berlin Illuminated) provide a delightful bright diversion for anyone visiting Berlin in October. The two light festivals illuminate hundreds of Berlin buildings, parks, monuments and facades with dancing lights, often moving to music.

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