koyasan and the daito, or great pagoda

Koyasan, Japan is a center of Buddhist study and practice, located in the Wakayama Prefecture at an elevation of approximately 900 meters above...

a border dispute heats up: thailand, cambodia and a unesco site

Border disputes are quite common these days. Some disputes involve strategic islands or territories, others ancestral homelands, and still others water or resource rights. From...

helsinki, finland and the suomenlinna fortress

Finland’s largest and capital city, Helsinki is a travel destination that combines the flavors of Scandinavia, the Baltics and Russian Europe into a unique...

angkor thom: angkor wat’s impressive brother

Angkor Wat is a name that conjures up images of temples in the jungle and of Lara Croft in her best Tomb Raider finery....

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...

puerto rico’s fort san felipe del morro [video]

Old San Juan’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fort known as San Felipe del Morro, was named in honor of King Phillip II and...

my birthday in dubrovnik: how old do I have to be to become unesco...

There are many reasons to celebrate this week.  After six years of effort, Croatia this week formally concluded the accession negotiations with the European...

a visit to lake titicaca – do not steal, do not lie, do not...

Lake Titicaca, a name that made all of us giggle as children, is located in South America in between Peru and Bolivia. It is...

croatia’s plitviče national park [nacionalni park plitvička jezera]: the clearest water i’ve ever seen

If you are ever in Croatia, you must not miss one of the most spectacular natural sites - and a UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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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