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Time Stands Still – Parga, Greece

By |2019-05-25T11:26:42-05:00November 12th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|

There is so much to love about Athens. Some of the most valued antiquities in the world, incredible food, and non-stop entertainment. Sometimes, we need a break, to slow down. Your immediate thought might be Santorini or Mykonos. But Greece has so much more to offer than just beaches and the Pantheon.  Parga is an idyllic [...]

In The Heavens Above – Meteora, Greece

By |2019-05-25T11:26:44-05:00November 5th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Must-See|

I am occasionally spellbound by man’s will. His sheer determination. Bewildered and even confused. How did man accomplish this? Moments of wonderment come to mind when I think of Petra in Jordan, the Taj Mahal in India, the temples of Bagan in Burma, or the Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan. I had a similar sense of [...]

The Nobel Peace Prize – In Honor Of Malala

By |2019-05-25T11:31:09-05:00October 10th, 2014|Categories: Europe|

Arguably the most renowned prize in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded annually since 1901 for that person(s) or organization who "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses. ” Alfred Nobel, the [...]

Svalbard – Northern Most Settlers In The World

By |2019-05-25T11:35:37-05:00October 8th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: |

Svalbard, an isolated Norwegian island, is found in the Arctic Ocean between 74 and 81 degrees north latitude. During the summer the sun does not set for 99 days and darkness reigns for 84 days in the winter. The approximate 3,000 people that call Svalbard their home are considered the northern most settlements in the world.   [...]

Sirius Sledge Patrol In Greenland

By |2019-05-25T11:42:26-05:00September 29th, 2014|Categories: Europe|

The Sirius Sledge Patrol  is part of the Danish military, created in 1950. I stood in the North East Greenland National Park. A shrill wind ripped through me, chilling me.   Behind an old trapper’s hut stood a pristine and sturdy storage locker. A pale yellow sign with a crown stated Danish Defence Property. What was the [...]

Superlatives In Armenia

By |2019-05-25T11:44:54-05:00September 13th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Must-See|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We all love superlatives. Biggest, tallest, fastest. Armenia located in the South Caucacus can lay claim to several historic superlatives. Scientists discovered the oldest shoe ever documented, clocking in over 5,500 years ago. This right-footed shoe was found in a cave preserved in sheep dung and fabricated from tanned cowhide. In 2011, archaeologists discovered the world’s [...]

Visit Minsk Now!

By |2019-07-01T06:20:18-05:00June 30th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Why should you visit Belarus? President Alexander Lukashenko is known as the “last dictator of Europe”. He has been in power since 1994, winning four elections. He rules the country with a totalitarian-Stalinist fist. Minsk, the capital, at first appearance is a pleasant and relaxed city. This initial impression belies a darker reality. Dissent is not [...]

5 Reasons Why Belarus, Minsk Sucks!

By |2019-07-01T07:45:38-05:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Someone please wake up Belarus. I mean really shake them up, maybe a sharp slap in the face. Let them know the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. You are free! Take down your statues of Lenin. Remove the Soviet red stars. Disband your police state. Until then, realize that Belarus does not want you to visit. [...]

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