In one small village in Germany, when the police arrived to shut down his performance, the people held hands in a circle around the piano to stop them. Later in Stockholm, a couple got engaged in front of him.
My most recent exploits took me all the way to Istanbul and it was quite the adventure. Founded in 660 BC as Byzantium, in 330 AD it became Constantinople when it was overtaken by the Roman emperor Constantine.
The people you meet here tend to treat you like a special celebrity guest. Especially in cities, the rush of daily life feels like Paris or New York. I remember rain turning the city's alleys into wild rivers.
Istanbul -- the only city in the world that straddles two continents -- just took the No. 1 spot in TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards. If you're thinking of going, we've got some stylish steals for you.
Erdogan's opponents and many international critics maintain that Erdogans' response to the Gezi protests was unnecessarily heavy-handed, smacked of abuse of power and his discourse was divisive and unbecoming of a statesman.
The world is filled with must-see destinations we are told we need to tick off our ever-growing bucket lists. Behind these well-traveled hotspots are smaller, lesser-known attractions that are definitely worth your time.
If more airport authorities were to adopt Ben Gurion's approach, surely it would be more difficult for those intending to do harm to succeed. There is a lot to be said for emphasizing eye contact, behavioral cues, and instinct when addressing the subject of airport security.
The kindness and hospitality of the people I met today in the poorer part of the city are imprinted on my mind. I value their handshakes more than anything that I've purchased here, even my new Ataturk poster.
These eight destinations may not be the typical spring break hot spots (no Florida beaches or Caribbean retreats), but they'll pull you out of your winter hibernation with their diverse attractions, mild temperatures and budget-friendly itineraries.
As hundreds of millions of people, many very poor, across most of the world obtain Internet connections, see web-based news that governments find hard to censor, even in China, so the pressures on authorities to attack graft mounts.
While the ancient wonders of the world are indeed spectacular, this most recent millennium also has its fair share of jaw-dropping testaments to political, religious or simple human greatness. Here's our list of the most staggering structures hatched from the human imagination.