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Athenians, buses and automobiles

Acropolis in Athens

The landscape of greater Athens may have been somewhat drab but no one could accuse the Greek drivers of being anything but colorful.

Riel World photo – Aswan, Egypt

Felucca on the Nile

Felucca sail boats on the Nile River near Aswan, Egypt.

Poetry of travel: Snow and sunshine in the Alps

Gornergrat railway Zermatt

A trip that began in springtime ends amidst a wintery panorama of Alpine peaks. We disembark and stagger into a world that is entirely, mesmerizingly white.

“We don’t eat people, we’re vegetarians!”

Blue Mosque in Istanbul

“It was just a few days later in Istanbul that we heard one of the funniest lines ever from a man who was trying to entice us into his store. We initially walked past him, pretending not to hear his plea. But then we couldn’t help but laugh.”

Riel World photo – Ancient ruins in Jordan

The Monastery at Petra

Donkeys outside the ruins of The Monastery at the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

Impressions of Calcutta

Calcutta traffic

It was all part of the Indian paradox. Every impression had two sides. There was uplifting spirituality and abject poverty, technological know-how and confounding disorder, vivid beauty and dreadful filth, and all of it was blended together in a staggering mass of humanity.

Life as a Buddhist monk in Thailand

Buddhist monk Thailand

It was in Chang Mai that we had one of our more memorable travel experiences during a morning chat with a Buddhist monk.

Seven space-themed museums

Space Shuttle Challenger

If you’re fascinated by space travel, then it may be time for you to explore some of these intriguing space-related destinations that are scattered across the United States.

Riel World photo – Varanasi, India

Ganges River, Varanasi

Hindu pilgrims at sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, India.

Turkish baths and backflipping pigeons

Turkish bath

“A Turkish man whom we just met drove us 20 minutes to a tiny village and left us here. I jumped in a pool of ice water. I laid down on a stone table that was so hot it nearly cooked me. And now I’m having my skin scrubbed off by a guy who is dressed a blue loin cloth. The things we do for travel experiences.”

Cuisine and culture of Mexico

Mexican cuisine

Food is a wonderful window into a country’s culture. If you enjoy learning about a place through its cuisine then you’ll love this Frommer’s piece that takes a look at popular dishes in Mexico by region.

Myths, legends and travel destinations

Tibetan castle and landscape

Shambhala, Timbuktu, Zanzibar. The names roll off the tongue like poetry, but the stories and legends are so ingrained in the popular imagination that we sometimes can’t remember whether they are real destinations or myths. That’s why I enjoyed this recent Lonely Planet piece about “10 places of myth and legend.”

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