sad days for the unesco sites in mali

One person’s religious icon is another person’s reason to scream idolatry. That’s fine, as long as each respects the others belief systems. When that...

ancient merv, an archaeological gem in the karakum desert

Turkmenistan is a country full of unexpected surprises, and if you have nerve enough to navigate the quite complex and a bit costly visa...

kyoto’s kinkaku, or golden pavillion

Kyoto was quite a surprise. I didn't know much about the city except that it was the location for the the UN climate change...

blogging from machu picchu, the lost city of the incas

What a way to spend Thanksgiving - at Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, thousands of meters above sea level among the...

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...

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 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...

the haeinsa temple and the tripitaka koreana [vlog]

The Haeinsa Temple was founded during the third year of King Ae-Jang's reign , by two monks Suneung and Ijung. The name "Haein" originates...

uganda’s queen elizabeth national park [video]

In the first in a series of videos featuring Uganda, this mini-report, from the roof of a safari vehicle, gives a brief introduction to...

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...

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