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Must-See Japanese Landmarks

By |2019-09-05T22:05:49-05:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Must-see Japanese landmarks. Once you get past the vending machines, bizarre but fun maid cafes, Shinkansen bullet trains, and conveyor belts overflowing with sushi, it is time to explore some of Japan’s history. Japan has had a long history of isolation beginning in 1633, where foreigners were banned from entering the island nation. The isolation [...]

Three Days In Burundi

By |2019-05-25T08:10:06-05:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Africa, Must-See|

Visiting Burundi. I was one of the first of the plane, and I motored to immigration. An official handed me a slip, which I hastily filled out. I had now assumed pole position and was speeding to get my passport stamped. An official doublechecked my papers and informed me there were two forms, not just [...]

Learning About The Rwandan Genocide In Kigali Rwanda

By |2019-05-25T08:12:39-05:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: Africa, Must-See|

Learning About Rwandan Genocide Kigali Rwanda.  The streets are so clean.  There are neatly painted curbs demarcating the sidewalks.  I fixated on the center line dividing the road as my car rumbled across the pavement.  I was fascinated and impressed.  I recently spent 3 weeks in Western Africa and the word that comes to mind [...]

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Ivory Coast – Must-See

By |2019-05-28T08:38:31-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Categories: Africa, Must-See|

Must-See Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Ivory Coast.  Ivory Coast located on the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa for centuries was comprised of several kingdoms.  In 1843, Ivory Coast became a protectorate of France until it gained its independence in 1960.  Felix Houphouet-Boigny ruled the country from 1960 until 1993 bringing relative stability and [...]

Visiting The Great Mosque Of Djenne, Mali

By |2019-05-28T08:30:57-05:00November 23rd, 2018|Categories: Africa, Must-See|

Visiting Great Mosque Djenne Mali.  My three and half week West African road trip was to end in Mali.  It was going to be a drive from Bobo, Burkina Faso’s second largest city to Bamako, the capital of Mali, with a quick visit before flying home.  Mali is well known in travel lore for the ancient [...]

Visiting Ganvie Lake Village Benin

By |2019-08-06T17:39:52-05:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Africa, Must-See|Tags: , , , |

Visiting Ganvie Lake Village Benin.  I sauntered onto the dock, which edged out into the lake.  A sharp sun beat down on me despite the morning hour.  A series of staircases met a multitude of pirogues that bobbed in the water, which magically hovered just above the waterline.  The pirogues were filled with wares, coming and [...]

Trongsa Dzong, My Favorite Dzong In Bhutan

By |2019-05-28T04:34:27-05:00October 21st, 2018|Categories: Asia, Must-See|

Trongsa Dzong Bhutan.  I was a guest of Raven Tours and Treks.  All opinions are expressed are my own, and I would recommend that you travel with Raven Tours and Treks if you plan to visit Bhutan. Calling all Disney location scouts.  I have found the setting for your next fairy-tale, animation film, Trongsa Dzong.  Right [...]

Noratus Cemetery Must-See

By |2019-05-28T05:17:35-05:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Asia, Must-See|Tags: , , |

This has been on my radar screen for a long time.  I have been to Armenia every year since 2003, but somehow this historical gem was always overlooked by me until this year in 2018.  Noratus cemetery is a medieval cemetery filled with stone-carved crosses.  Noratus located on Lake Sevan is filled with over 1000 stone [...]

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