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 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...

aboriginal cave art and the kakadu national park, northern territory, australia

For those of you who cut geography class, the Commonwealth of Australia is split into six states and two territories . Within the...

the hiroshima peace park and the atomic dome [vlog]

Very little remains of the city of Hiroshima from before August 6, 1945 when the world's first use of an atomic weapon changed the...

290 years ago today the west discovered easter island

On Easter Sunday in 1722, the European discovery of what is now called "Easter Island" by a Dutch sailing vessel became history. Now under...

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...

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...

a flyingnorth first: a video report from machu picchu peru

After months of resisting, as I was at Machu Picchu I was inspired to grab my iPhone and make an impromptu video report ,...

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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