A Horse Race You Don’t Want to Miss

The first Kentucky Debry was run in 1875.  The first edition of this annual horse race was run over two centuries before that.  Hang on to your hats for a horse race you won’t want to miss…

An Italian Contrada

It’s called a “contrada” and unless you are from this city, you probably can’t fully understand the power of something akin to a family.  The contrada is your identity and perhaps your life…for it’s a powerful unit that governs life in this centuries old city…

The Home of Saint Francis

He said, “It is no use walking somewhere to preach unless your walking is your preaching.”  It’s just one of the quotes from a man who simply set out to live God’s call for his life and in so doing found many who wanted to emulate his path for following Christ…

Italian Truffles

We continue with our recent listener trip to Italy with a stop today to taste a real delicacy.  You’ve perhaps heard of this very expensive treasure that some liken to a mushroom, but it takes quite a nose to find it…

A Stop in Milan, Italy

What is an appropriate bedtime for a kid in Kindergarten?  For this family it’s 10:30 at the earliest.  We go to a place where the hours may seem to run much different that our norm…

A Peak Inside the Italian Farm’s Castle

Living inside a castle may sound like a posh lifestyle, but the reality is that it can be a bit rough at times.  Structures built in the middle ages sometimes lack the comforts of today.  We’ll peak inside and outside once such place today for a view of a most unique farm…

10,000 Olive Trees

It’s not everyday you find a farm growing olives, so today we take you to a place with 10,000 such trees and we learn a bit about the cryptic terms on the outside of the bottles…

A Farm With Centuries-Deep Roots

We had several listeners recently join us on our American Countryside tour of Italy.  We hope you’ll join us on future trips, but for now, we’ll take you along on this most recent adventure to a farm with roots that go back centuries…

The Castle is a Home

There’s a cliché that says your home is your castle.  For the owners of this farm, it’s one in the same, for the castle is the family home – a home that has stood for centuries now…

Going Inside Petra

If you were ever fascinated in the adventures of Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones, then you have definitely seen this place.  It was the supposed home of the Holy Grail.  The place does exist, you just won’t find the Grail there…

A Place for Anyone to Swim

It’s estimated that about 40% of American do not know how to swim.  Today I’ll take you to a place perfect for those non-swimmers, for here you can swim and not sink.  We’ll bob on the water…

A Christian Named Osama

Today we interview a gentlemen named Osama.  He laughs because that name may bring certain images to mind for an American.  However this Osama is a Christian living in a predominately Muslim nation and he’s very happy to take you to some sites that are too often overlooked…

The Site of Jesus’ Crucifixion

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher contains the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection.  Several denominations have a presence in this church, each claiming a bit of the property if you will.  So who then has the keys to the place?

On The Streets of Jerusalem

Holy Week is a time when Christians reflect on the death and resurrection of Christ.  The events of Easter week come to life on the streets of the old city of Jerusalem…

A Peaceful Scene in the Middle East

Most people would consider the country of Syria to be a dangerous place right now.  However, here, along this country’s border with Syria, the scene is peaceful – even scenic.  It’s a place of irony, beautiful plateaus next to bunkers and mine fields…

The Effect of The Three Wise Men

The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ birth, wise men from the east came to honor the child.   Interestingly, those visitors not only came bearing gifts in their day, but their journey may have saved the very church marking the spot of their destination…

Away In A Manger

At Christmas time we may sing, “Away in a manger no crib for a bed.”  While the phrase may be true, the picture we have in our minds, or the vision depicted in nativity scenes may be different than the real things…

The “Little” Town of Bethlehem

It’s a “little” town forever associated with Christmas.  In a moment you’ll see that town is today a large city, but it remains a place honored for a most important birth…

Ghana’s District Farmer of the Year

Today we meet the district farmer of the year.  A lady growing ten acres of corn–a farmer adopting some of the latest technology she can find to help grow a bigger crop.  She shares a tractor with up to one hundred other farmers and will plant and harvest her entire crop by hand…..

Corn Stored Under Tarps

Drive through farm country and you can find plenty of shiny new grain bins to hold ever increasing yields. Drive through farm country here and you’re likely to find the corn stored under tarps or open to the elements that will spoil up to half of the harvested crop. It’s one of the many challenges these farmers face…..