a star trek theme park in the kingdom of jordan?

It was announced today that construction will begin next year on a complex to be known as the Red Sea Astrarium in Aqaba, Jordan,...

the machko teashop in erbil, iraqi kurdistan

Just because a place is called a teashop doesn't mean that they don't serve coffee as well. Such is the case for the Machko...

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 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...

in casablanca: the hasan ii mosque

The name Casablanca conjures up images of a famous film and notions of a romantic past. Images of an exotic middle eastern city abound....

the roman city of volubilis

Located near Meknès between the cities of Fez and Rabat lies an impressive UNESCO-listed site - the Roman city of Volubilis. The city was...

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...

four things you didn’t know about iraqi kurdistan

On my first foray into Iraq, I decided to start with the northern region known as Iraqi Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Region, as it is...

a bird in the engine is worth two days in iraq

When one travels as much as I do you are bound to run into some travel issues. Whether it is the unfortunate confluence of...

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