Off The Beaten Path

Timimoun, Sebkha Circuit, And Sahara Desert 

By |2019-07-06T12:53:42-05:00May 30th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Timimoun, Sebkha Circuit, And Sahara Desert.  The bus rolled to a stop.  Sand danced on the bus’s window.  “Timimoun, Timimoun!” the bus driver’s assistant hollered.  I grabbed my bags and pushed my way through the crowds and exited the but station.  A lone taxi driver waited.  “Bonjour monsieur, je veux aller Ksar Masine Hotel.”  My 10th [...]

Ghardaia, Algeria – Off The Beaten Path

By |2019-07-06T12:57:29-05:00May 28th, 2017|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , |

Ghardaia, Algeria - Off The Beaten Path “(It) was oppressed by a scorching climate…was covered in harsh deserts, and only a small part could sustain life.  The landscape was covered with sand dunes, mountains, and canyons which made traversing very difficult.” Source.   I feel this is an apt description of the exotic M’Zab Valley in Algeria, [...]

Three Days In Algiers – What To See

By |2019-07-06T13:04:18-05:00May 21st, 2017|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Three Days In Algiers – What To See.  Algiers has no must-see monument such as the Eifel Tower, Machu Picchu, or Angkor Wat, but is more of an atmospheric city.  Algiers is the capital of Algeria, a city of 3 million people, located on the Mediterranean Sea.  Algiers was originally settled over 1000 years, was at [...]

A Year In Review: 2016

By |2019-05-28T10:22:37-05:00December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Africa, Asia, Central America, Europe, Must-See, Off The Beaten Path, South America, Unique Experiences|Tags: |

It was a busy and rewarding year!! I covered a lot of ground, some of it old, but plenty of new. In 2016, I traveled to eleven new countries; including: Cuba, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Iran, Bulgaria, Iraq, Eritrea, Honduras, and Guatemala. This brought my country count to 103. A great feeling to finally have crossed [...]

Communist Era Monuments Of Bulgaria

By |2019-05-28T10:30:39-05:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Communist era monuments of Bulgaria.  An amalgam of Soviet brutalist architecture and dreary grey cement resulted in numerous communist monuments throughout the country of Bulgaria.  Bulgaria resides on the edge of Europe.  While a member of the EU its bonds and history tilts toward its protector of Russia and its communist progenitor, the Soviet Union. Bulgaria [...]

Three Must-See Churches In Bulgaria.

By |2019-05-28T10:58:51-05:00June 14th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Three must-see churches in Bulgaria. Bulgaria is not the first country that comes to your lips when you are planning a European road trip, but it should be. Bulgaria offers so much for a traveler. Here are three highlights. Tsarevets Fortress Several hours east of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on a relaxing bus ride, is [...]

War Tourism In Eritrea.

By |2019-05-28T11:03:04-05:00June 8th, 2016|Categories: Africa, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , |

War Tourism In Eritrea.  Eritrea has been gripped by war, violence, and occupation for decades. The Italians in the 19th century brought colonization, cappuccino, and apartheid laws. After WWII, the Brits temporarily occupied Eritrea stripping the country of its valuables. After the Brits departed, Eritrea was placed in a federation under Ethiopia. Ethiopia chipped away at Eritrea’s [...]

Visiting The Axis Of Evil

By |2019-07-06T11:45:59-05:00June 5th, 2016|Categories: Advice, Africa, Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , |

Visiting The Axis Of Evil.  Over the last 6 weeks I have visited 2/3 of the Axis of Evil, Iran and Iraq.  And I also traveled to Eritrea, which is sometimes referred to as the North Korea of Africa, which is the third member of the Axis.  George W. Bush, opined in his speech after 9/11 [...]

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