the incredible ghost town of kayaköy

Just a few kilometers from the town of Fethiye, a small tourist town that has become overrun by British tourists lies the small...

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...

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...

mostar and the old bridge in bosnia and herzegovina

By guest blogger Fabien Reynaud. During a recent trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia, my partner and I decided to spend a day in Mostar, Bosnia and...

cappadocia, turkey: the reason everyone should travel

We go about our lives, consumed with the everyday groove of work and our particular routine, and rarely realize that there are parallel worlds...

the beauty of montenegro’s durmitor national park

The Durmitor region in the northwest of Montenegro was declared a national park in 1952. The park includes the massif of Durmitor and the...

kotor: montenegro’s old town gem on the adriatic

On Montenegro's Adriatic coast, tucked deep in a bay, is a second century C.E. gem that should be visited now before all of the...

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...

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...

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...

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