Articles by Rudolph Chelminski

The house of "Vlad the Impaler" lies in the center of Sighisoara's well-preserved, walled historic district, which dates to the 13th century and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uproar from preservationists, including England's Prince Charles, prompted planners to find another site for the Dracula Park.

The Curse of Count Dracula

The prospect of a tourist bonanza from a Dracula theme park in Transylvania excites some Romanians, but opponents see only red

Dishes made by Michelin star restaurants

Fare-Minded Arbiter

Quelle surprise! Englishman Derek Brown presides over France's prestigious Michelin guide to haute cuisine

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Unearthing Athens' Underworld

Throughout the decade-long construction of the city's new metro, archaeologists have found a trove of treasures

Cold Comfort

Intrepid travelers pay cold hard cash to chill out in the world's coolest hotel

Alfred Sisley - Street of Marlotte (1866)

An American in Bourron-Marlotte

When they moved here in 1976, the author and his wife thought they knew all about the French. How wrong they were

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The Last Schoolhouse

When a handful of senior citizens revisit the school they attended years ago, they become children again

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In Praise of Pianos and the Artists Who Play Them

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Jeu de Paume, Anyone?

Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters play tennis. The author and his fancy French friends prefer its ancestor

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The Bosporus: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Within the past ten years, 150 serious accidents have occurred in the world's most dangerous strait. Each tanker that passes through is a potential bomb

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In the Game of Chess "Your Opponent Must Be Destroyed"

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Warsaw: The City that Would Not Die

After Hitler obliterated it, the Poles put it back together, brick by brick

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The Maginot Line

It is known as a great military blunder, but in fact this stout network of ingenious bunkers did what it was designed to do

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Ooh La La! Only in France Can You Find Cheeses Like These

It's easy to lose your head over the luscious array of fromages fermiers still being made the old-fashioned way by Gallic artisans

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Guess What My Li'l Chopin Played Today

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We Eat, Breathe and Dream Music. We're a Bunch of Nerds Here'

Make that an international bunch of nerds. The Berklee College of Music, aka "the MIT of pop," is respected all over the world

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Harmonicas Are...hooty, Wheezy, Twangy and Tooty

They're from the Old Country, but there's nothing better for American music, from blues to honky-tonk and the fans are blown away

Poilâne loaf

Any Way You Slice it, a Poilane Loaf is Real French Bread

Forget the baguette. This legendary Parisian baker makes authentic sourdough boules the old-fashioned way—by hand, over wood fires

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