the metéora monasteries of central greece

On a camping trip through northern Greece a few years back with some Italian friends, we happened upon a world heritage site that I...

liechtenstein in twenty-four hours

If, like me, you collect countries instead of stamps, coins or Faberge eggs, getting to every corner of Europe is important. Visits to Europe’s...

are we in belgium or the netherlands? it depends on what side of the...

Nestled in the northern region of Belgium on the Netherlands border is the enclave of Baarle-Hertog, oh and Baarle-Nassau. With its origins that go...

the scars of war in sarajevo

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. With an approximate population of 330,000, it is probably best known for the 1984 winter Olympic...

déjà vu: it’s not eyjafjallajökull, but iceland gives us another volcano

Just around this time last year, Iceland slammed its fists down and said “I will not be ignored!”  And ignored it was not.  From...

an unexpected trip to a runway show in selçuk, turkey

As the caption to a picture I posted to my personal Facebook page reads, somehow I ended up backstage at a runway show in...

cyprus top six lists

Continuing the time-honored tradition of the flyingnorthblog, and in an effort to encapsulate the Cyprus experience I’ve been thinking about the best and the...

an ethiopian coffee house in the heart of brussels and an african history lesson

As my friends and I made our way from their apartment in Porte de Hal , a section of Brussels not far from the...

kotor: montenegro’s old town gem on the adriatic

On Montenegro's Adriatic coast, tucked deep in a bay, is a second century C.E. gem that should be visited now before all of the...

malta pajjiz sabih hafna [malta is a wonderful country]

I've been in Malta a few days now, and so far so good.  The weather has been a bit chilly, but nice - in...

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