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Exploring Bangkok’s Old City Temples

Exploring Bangkok’s Old City Temples

As one of the most sprawling and dynamic cities in all of Asia, the city of Bangkok can feel overwhelming to the uninitiated. But a one-day walking tour of Ratanakosin Island and Thonburi – Bangkok’s “old city” districts located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River – can provide visitors with a wonderful introduction […]

Historic Stone Town

Historic Stone Town

Historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Zanzibar off the coast of Africa, may be off the beaten path, but its history and potpourri of cultures are well worth a detour on any East African itinerary. Stone Town, officially named a World Heritage Site in 2001, is the Old Town of Zanzibar City, […]

The Dardanelles

The Dardanelles

The narrow Turkish strait connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara known as the Dardanelles is one of the most strategic waterways in the world. Its history of conflict dates back to ancient times when the city of Troy controlled the passage. Centuries later, it was the setting for the epic Battle of […]

Andalusia – Footsteps of the Moors

Andalusia – Footsteps of the Moors

The Moors swept into Spain from North Africa, controlling portions of the Iberian Peninsula for nearly eight centuries from 711 to 1492. Though many of the Islamic elements were wiped out by Spain’s Catholic leaders, the remaining marvels still standing today, from Granada’s Alhambra fortress to the Real Alcazar in Seville to Córdoba’s Mezquita Cathedral, […]

Rising from the Ashes: Hiroshima, Japan

Rising from the Ashes: Hiroshima, Japan

On August 6, 1945, the Japanese city of Hiroshima became the scene of one of most horrific events in human history, the dropping of the atomic bomb. Yet today Hiroshima has risen from the nuclear ashes as a city of hope and peace with its cherry blossom lined waterways, where the painful memories of that […]

Chiapas and the Mayans

Chiapas and the Mayans

In the southern Mexican state of Chiapas lie the remains of an ancient lost civilization.  Giant stone cities, buried for centuries in thick jungle and rainforests, wait for adventurers to discover their secrets.  Some of these cities are easily accessible to travelers, while others are still buried deep in virgin jungle, and must be reached […]

Pearl Harbor & The Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor & The Arizona Memorial

December 7, 1941 was a day that changed history – the Japanese fleet attacked the U.S. Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, propelling the U.S. into a conflict that would last nearly four years and cost countless lives.

Exploring Kentucky’s Waterways

Exploring Kentucky’s Waterways

Kentucky is characterized as much by its waterways as by its land mass, especially the more than 650 miles of the Ohio River that define the state’s northern border, also part of the famous Mason-Dixon Line that once divided North from South. Kentucky’s western tip is carved by a short section of the Mississippi River, […]

Hawaii – The Kingdom Nobody Knows

Hawaii – The Kingdom Nobody Knows

The picturesque Hawaiian islands have long been a favorite vacation destination for Americans but few visitors know about their tumultuous past – including the sordid overthrow of the ruling monarchs by mercenaries in the early 20th Century. Gaellen Quinn, author of the new novel, The Last Aloha, takes us back to those fateful times. Imagine […]

Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Belogradchik, Bulgaria

With archaeological adventure, festive food, colossal caves and fearsome fortresses, Belogradchik, Bulgaria has much to offer. First occupied by the Thracians and later by Roman legions, the area overflows with archaeological sites, museums and cultural centers recounting Thracian, Roman and Bulgarian history. Bulgaria’s History In ancient times, Bulgaria was occupied by the Thracians, an Indo-European […]

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Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is flush with history and culture unbeknownst to the many Morocco-bound tourists who flock to Tangiers and Casablanca. For those who venture off the beaten path, however, Rabat will prove just as rewarding.

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