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...

I am always in the thick of world events: the turkish north protests austerity

Having come from Malta where there were not only protests at the Libyan embassy, but at a moment when Libyan pilots landed and sought...

a trip back to the good old days of museums: национален археологически музей

I started off my day in Sofia as I do in most every city, on a quest for a good cappuccino.  Within an hour...

the castles of western slovakia

While on a trip to Bratislava, Slovakia, my travel buddies and I decided to rent a car and take a look at some of...

what do you know about moldova?

While I was floating around the Ukraine exploring the many Orthodox onion-domed churches, it seemed silly not to pop over to Moldova for a...

what can one buy for 5,000,000,000 dinars?

As I walked the streets of Belgrade, Serbia's capital city, I ran across a street vendor who was selling various baubles and trinkets. Among...

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,...

tanti auguri italia: italy’s 150th and a site not to be missed

Given the close connection flyingnorthblog has with Italy, I thought I would create a post to celebrate the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the...

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...

varosia: caught on camera in a ghost town

Varosia was once one of the most popular tourist areas in the region, and a haven for the elite to sun themselves in...

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