Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

on the edge of the sahara in merzouga

When one hears the name "Sahara" it conjures images of a past full of bedouins, explorers, caravans and local peoples vying for the scarce...

have you ever been to egypt?

This week's events in Egypt were truly historic, and brought to life in real time the expression "the revolution will be televised."  Now that...

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