palmyra, syria, part one: an ancient site under threat

This blog has been in existence for more than four years and during that time I have been able to chronicle my exploration of...

a video blog: the grand place in brussels, belgium

                As the flyingnorthblog ventures into the world of new media, you never know where I might show up.  The Grand Place, the central square...

a history of hagia sofia in istanbul, as told by sofia petrillo of the...

Picture it, Constantinople, 537.  A young emperor dedicates a new structure to St. Sophia, the Divine Wisdom.  Before this, he had spent many hours...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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