the city of meknès and the bab mansour el-aleuj gate

On the road from Rabat, the administrative capital of Morocco, I traveled a few hours by minibus to the town of Meknès. Located between...

the city of fes, morocco

Fes is the medieval capital of Morocco, and represents a learned and glorious period in Islamic civilization. Fes has the best-preserved old city in...

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...

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...

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 history of writing at the slemani museum

Located in the city of Sulaymaniyah, in northeastern Iraq is the Slemani Museum, established in 1961. It is the second largest museum in Iraq...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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