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An Overlook in the Park

Road Trip: Great Smoky Mountains

It was winter, so I didn’t know what to expect. Most National Parks are visited at almost any other time of the year but winter, but as I make my way down from Ohio, I find that it is the perfect time for me. I needed a little alone time and was thankful not to be […]

The Queens pyramids, which were a fraction of the size of the pharaohs pyramid, but I guess this was better than an honorable mention

The Pyramids of Giza

To say that the pyramids are impressive feels like the understatement of the century. To say that they are larger than they look in pictures doesn’t begin to cover the scope of the sheer amount of space covered by a single pyramid. To say that I was overwhelmed by what I saw doesn’t capture what it really […]

You can see all that remains of the limestone cap at the top of this pyramid.

Egypt At Last…

“The people and the cultures of what is known as Africa are older than the  word ‘Africa.’ According to most records, old and new, Africans are the oldest  people on the face of the earth. The people now called Africans not only influenced the Greeks and the Romans, they influenced the early world before there […]

Street Art - Palestinian side of the Border
To Exist is to Resist

Holy Land in a Day (part 2)

The second part of our day started at the border crossing into Jerusalem.  As we approached the gate our Israeli guide exited the bus, seemingly in the middle of nowhere.  It was then that I noticed the sign prohibiting him from entering Palestine. It was a weird thing to approach something so blatant. It made me […]

Blue Mosque at Sunset

The Blue Mosque (Turkey)

The Blue Mosque was built in the early 1600’s by Sultan Ahmed I on the site that the palaces of the Byzantine Emperors used to occupy. These palaces were demolished to make room for the mosque, which is a little unbelievable to me as people now wouldn’t dream of destroying a monument to build something else. Can […]

Me at the entrance to the harem. Do you think I would have made the cut?

Ottoman Byzantine (Turkey)

 I went to Turkey! It was pretty awesome. The people are respectful and  friendly and the food is good, you usually can’t ask for much more than that, but the sites are pretty incredible as well.  Turkey is one of the few countries that finds itself occupying territory on more than one continent (Iceland is another),  Europe (which […]

Olympus - Home of the gods

Picture This…Athens (Greece)

“We Greeks are the lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our taste…” – Thucydides A Day of Exploring: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών (The Acropolis)       The Acropolis was constructed sometime after the 5th century BC, which amazes me that there are things this old still surviving today. Being a coastal city Athens got a lot […]

The Parthenon

It’s All Greek to Me (Greece)

My Mediterranean cruising began in Athens. I landed at the airport and immediately felt like I was at a freak show, but instead of being in the audience, I was the main attraction. I had never been stared at so boldly and unapologetically in my life.  Have I been observed in other countries before? Absolutely, […]

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle (Ghana)

It is incomprehensible for me to imagine that at one point the color of my skin was the only criteria used to determine my future. If I were writing this 200 years ago I would be chattel, little more than a beast of burden; I can’t even imagine. I have visited various sites in North America […]

Vatican Gardens - Coat of Arms

The World’s Smallest Country

    So there is this country within the city limits of Rome, you may have heard of it, the Vatican City. At 0.2 square miles the Vatican is the smallest country on the planet. I am not sure how this was accomplished, but somehow the Catholic church corporate headquarters (for lack of a better term) […]

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