hamama mia! my night in a four hundred year-old hamam in antalya, turkey

On the road in Turkey between the conservative city of Konya, with its Whirling Dervish history, and the seaside town of Kaş, I spent...

a brief history of beautiful heidelberg

Heidelberg, Germany, a short train ride away from Mannheim and within an hour by rail from Frankfurt, is a city of beauty and old...

vlog from sarajevo, bosnia and herzegovina

Sarajevo is the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with an estimated population of 330,000 people within its four municipalities. It is...

баба марта [baba marta] and the red and white in bulgaria

One thing that I noticed quite quickly as I landed in Sofia was that many people were wearing either red and white cloth bracelets...

the flyingnorthblog 2011 year in travel

As I am in constant “country count” competition with a few friends around the world, I am happy to report that in 2011 I...

the city of tbilisi in the republic of georgia

I had always been curious and fascinated with the Caucasus Mountains and the countries and autonomous regions on the strip of land between the...

konya, turkey: whirling dervishes and mohammad’s beard

On a midpoint in my travels from Ankara to Antalya, the city of Konya welcomed me as it has welcomed many Muslim pilgrims over...

vlog from the pyrenees mountains in andorra

This is a vlog from the Pyrenees mountains in Andorra, on a windy day, at approximately 7500 feet . I was slightly winded too. View...

the cafe culture of zagreb, croatia

For me, searching for a suitable cafe is a ritual akin to a dog finding a proper place to pee. In this sense, Zagreb,...

a history of hagia sofia in istanbul, as told by sofia petrillo of the...

Picture it, Constantinople, 537.  A young emperor dedicates a new structure to St. Sophia, the Divine Wisdom.  Before this, he had spent many hours...

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