palmyra, syria, part three: its wonderful people [and a hookah party]

Staying in Tadmur, the modern town next to the ancient ruins of Palmyra, was quite an experience. I was there in January so the...

palmyra, syria, part two: a magnificent unesco site

As part of a tour of Syria I embarked on in 2008 that included Aleppo, Damascus, and the Krak des Chevaliers Crusader castle, the...

palmyra, syria, part one: an ancient site under threat

This blog has been in existence for more than four years and during that time I have been able to chronicle my exploration of...

the mysterious mausoleum of mauretania

Among the more interesting and mysterious archeological sites in Algeria is a structure that, while archaeologists claim they know the origins, they really can’t...

the 11th century ghost town of tamacine, algeria [video]

The original 11th century village of Tamacine was destroyed in a flood in 1988. While there is a new village nearby, this...

vlog on november 1: national [revolution] day in algeria

With fireworks flaring and cannons firing, I was privileged to be in Algiers on November 1st, National or Revolution Day in Algeria. According to...

the thermal baths and the legend of hammam meskhoutine

Algeria’s Hammam Meskhoutine or, "the bath of the damned," is located fifteen kilometers from the city of Guelma in the northeastern part of...

the ruins of tipasa: algeria’s ancient punic trading post

With the blue Mediterranean in the background, the impressive ruins of Tipasa, an ancient Punic trading-post conquered by Rome and turned into a strategic...

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