Step Back In Time at the Temple of Edfu, Egypt

Step Back In Time at the Temple of Edfu, Egypt

As the morning mist lifted like a shroud, the silhouette of the Temple of Edfu appeared. The coolness of morning still hung in the air as I left my guide behind to head into the inner sanctum before the other tourists arrived. The sun was shafting through small windows cut into the towering edifice as…

The Ancient Walled City of Ping Yao, China

The Ancient Walled City of Ping Yao, China

I arrived in the walled city of Ping Yao in the early morning, emerging from the train into the chilly air. I hadn’t expected it to be so cold, and this chill, it turned out, was a chill I would have a hard time escaping during my visit. Despite the cold, I headed out to…

The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

Still glistening in the late afternoon sun, the tiled walls of Sao Luis’ historic center surrounded me. Their colors captured my eyes as the locals, used to the colorful sight, emerged from afternoon siestas to enjoy the cool evening. The tiles or “Azulejo” are a tin glaze, ceramics that are prevalent in Portuguese buildings and culture. During…

The Impressive Views from the Kumbhalgarh Fort of India

The Impressive Views from the Kumbhalgarh Fort of India

My driver twisted, turned, and grinded the gears of our small car as we went up to the Kumbhalgarh fort of India. As always, and on any road in India, swerving, honking, and avoiding the constant rush of oncoming traffic was a challenge. The whole experience became even more nerve-racking as the road grew narrow…

The Cult of Osiris and the Temple of Isis

The Cult of Osiris and the Temple of Isis

I left Aswan, Egypt in the early morning, and made my way to the Temple of Isis, a place where people still come to follow the ancient customs of the cult of Osiris. The temple was partially flooded by the Nile during the building of the lower Aswan dam, but wasn’t totally lost in the…

The Forest-Covered Mayan Ruins of Palenque

The Forest-Covered Mayan Ruins of Palenque

In the rainforest of Chiapas, Mexico sits one of the most fascinating Mayan ruins that I have ever seen. It took 8 hours to drive to the ruins from the high mountain town of San Cristobal de la Casas on one of the many legs of my cross-county Mexican road trip. Pre Columbian Ruins In…

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The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

The Colorful Tiled City of Sao Luis, Brazil

Still glistening in the late afternoon sun, the tiled walls of Sao Luis’ historic center surrounded me. Their colors captured my eyes as the locals, used to the colorful sight, emerged from afternoon siestas to enjoy the cool evening. The tiles or “Azulejo” are a tin glaze, ceramics that are prevalent in Portuguese buildings and culture. During…

The Intricate Woven Textiles of Bhutan

The Intricate Woven Textiles of Bhutan

Feet extended and fingers worn from the many strands of thread, the young Bhutanese woman slammed her wooden paddle into the delicate weave below. She then bent close to the pattern and meticulously weaved in more strands of undulating colors, counting, weaving, and building a delicate masterpiece. This was in a small village high up…

The Revolutionary Murals Of Mexico City

The Revolutionary Murals Of Mexico City

While visiting Mexico City, you will see the brash and colorful murals that grace so many of its walls. They are scattered throughout the city on the insides and outsides of government buildings and cultural centers. Most represent dramatic political and social ideals, and you may find that they inspire you to learn more about…

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