why do people graffiti historical places, and who is zoey?

Graffiti has been around for millennia. In perhaps what is a precursor to the personal public relations departments we all maintain via social media,...

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...

vis, croatia: check the ferry schedule first or learn how to do a rain...

While traveling, it is inevitable that some details will fall through the cracks. These are details that will sometimes frame entire days, as in...

a missing link in the evolution of the modern mediterranean state

Having spent a few more days in Malta, I’m growing to like it more every day.  Despite me being greeted on more than one...

a little piece of history in bulgaria square

As I approached Bulgaria square, the massive Soviet-constructed National Palace of Culture loomed large, like a massive paperweight holding down the edge of the...

first they came for burqas: a dark day in france

This week, France began enforcing a ban on wearing a burqa in public, a controversial and highly short-sighted move on the part of the...

salamis: an archeological site not to be missed

Some lesser-known archeological sites are not to be missed.  Salamis is one of those sites.  Near Famagusta in Northern Cyprus, Salamis is a fine...

valletta’s strait street: the former seedy “gut” of malta’s capital city

Walking around Malta’s capital, Valletta, one finds a combination of old and new, the British colonial footprint vs. the underlying ancient history, and a...

what do the sistine chapel and a tube of toothpaste have in common?

I've been to Rome many times, and when visiting I always take the inevitable trip to Vatican City to catch a glimpse of one...

helsinki, finland and the suomenlinna fortress

Finland’s largest and capital city, Helsinki is a travel destination that combines the flavors of Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russian Europe into a unique...

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