Entries by David Raezer

Madaba Map: Mosaic of Jerusalem

The Byzantine church St George in Madaba, Jordan, is home to the “Madaba Map,” an impressive and by far the most well-known mosaic in the Holy Land. Floor map mosaic. Dating from the second half of the 6th century, the floor map mosaic depicts the geography of the Holy Land in the 6th century. It […]

Eat Slow Food in Italy

While researching our Regional Guide to the Foods of Italy, we traveled throughout Italy visiting local markets and eating in thousands of restaurants seeking out the cucina tipica (typical foods) of each region in Italy. We found that the best restaurants in Italy are those that remain true to the local cuisine. The country’s Slow Food movement has championed […]

Dome Mosaics of Martorana (Palermo, Sicily)

Due to its compelling colors, human-sized proportions, and central location in the downtown district, the Martorana will likely be the church that you return to a number of times during your stay in Palermo. It is our favorite stop on our tour of Palermo’s Norman churches. Fig. 1. Dome mosaics, Martorana. Highlights added. Photo by: […]

What to Eat in Cambodia: Amok Fish

Amok fish We just spent several weeks in Siem Reap researching our guidebook to the temples of Angkor, and since we’ve come back, many people have asked us about the food and what to eat in Cambodia. In our opinion, the culinary delicacy of Cambodia, amok fish, is a must-try. The fish. If you are […]