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...

a crusader castle in a conflict zone: syria’s crac des chevaliers

Syria is one of my very favorite travel destinations, and, given the current conflict there, it may be a few years before I have...

meeting judge zakia hakki in iraq

As I was in Erbil airport waiting for my passport to be checked to leave the country, I overheard a woman speaking to a...

dear moammar gadhafi: can you please leave libya so i can visit leptis magna?

After almost forty-two years with a tight grip on Libya, it seems time is running out for Moammar Gadhafi.  Embroiled in what is essentially...

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...

tiddis: algeria’s red roman city of the gods

Castellum Tidditanorum, or Tiddis, is one of the least known and studied archaeological sites in Algeria and potentially one of its richest. Fully thirty...

chefchaouen: is this morocco or greece?

One of Morocco's many unique locations is the city of Chefchaouen. When you first encounter this city, despite it being landlocked, you can easily...

an espresso in marrakech and the randomness of birth

As I sat in one of the many cafés to be found near the central Jamaa el Fna square in Marrakech, I watched...

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...

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