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Photo essay – Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Angkor Wat

Cambodia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular ancient temples. Get a glimpse of this centuries-old world in this photo essay on temples in the Angkor Archaeological Park.

Poetry of travel: Dawn in Kenya

Kenya landscape

I stand outside at daybreak as a frosty breeze dances through the Masai Mara National Reserve. Steam rises from my mug and slowly melts away into a misty violet-colored dawn.

Riel World photo – Snow in the desert

snow in desert

Snow in the Sonoran Desert – from a February 2011 storm near Tucson, Arizona.

Travel destinations for food lovers

Vietnamese cuisine

You’re a foodie and a traveler. But do you have Turkey, Ethiopia or Vietnam on your travel list? Those under-the-radar countries and others are part of this interesting Tripbase article about 10 top travel destinations for food lovers.

Pizzas of America road trip

deep dish pizza

This mouth-watering road trip will give you a chance to sample some of the many ways that pizza is tossed and baked in America – from New York’s foldable slices to Chicago’s deep dish pizzas, from Providence’s grilled pizza to Detroit’s square Sicilian style, and from the clam pizzas of New Haven to the tomato pies of Trenton.

Riel World photo – Mount Sinai, Egypt

Mt Sinai, Egypt

We watched the sunrise from atop Mount Sinai (after trekking up the mountain by flashlight from 2:45 to 5:15 a.m.). Now, we’re making our way back down the trail through the stark and stunning Sinai landscape on the way to St. Catherine’s Monastery.

Poetry of travel: High above the Himalayas

Himalayan mountains from the air

The heavens are colored a passionate blue and the earth below is draped in a jagged blanket of white. All sense of time has melted away as we glide in a dream world through shimmering skies above snow-capped peaks.

Memories of Egypt

Pyramids and Sphinx

This is the tale of our interaction over several days with an Egyptian university student during a trip to Egypt. Though the story is a bit humorous, you will see Khalil here discussing his dreams for the future and his economic challenges. Since this is relevant to the historic events now taking place in that country, it’s a good way to remember the dreams of all young Egyptians.

Classic backpacker trails

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What are some of the world’s classic backpacker trails? Lonely Planet has 10 suggestions, including a Banana Pancake Trail through Southeast Asia and an Istanbul to Cairo trek.

Riel World photo – People of Peru

Woman and child in a Peruvian market

A Peruvian mother and her child at a market near Cuzco, Peru.

Road Trip through the Literary Midwest

Mark Twain

Ernest Hemingway, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kurt Vonnegut and Laura Ingalls Wilder are just some of the writers who hail from the American heartland. If you love literature, you could do a lot worse than to craft a literary road trip through the Midwest.

Riel World photo – Patagonia, Argentina

Puerto Moreno Glacier

Since a lot of the U.S. is being hit with snow and cold right now, it seems like a good time for a wintery travel photo. Here is a view of the Puerto Moreno Glacier, not far from the town of El Calafate in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

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