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An incredible sunset and the ancient skyline of Fes (Morocco) from the roof of a Riad

A stay in the 9th century medina of Fes

It’s Thursday afternoon. I am currently in Fes – one of the Imperial Cities of Morocco. The medina is absolutely incredible. Built in the 9th century, it has thousands of narrow (narrow is probably too wide of a term to describe the Fes medina) alleys that snake their way through...

The food stalls are packed at night in Jemaa el Fna in Marrakech. What an experience!!!

A visit to the vibrant and ancient city of Marrakech

The driver came to a stop on a fairly narrow road inside the old medina. He could go no further. The road appeared to end, at this point, due to some controlled area just ahead. It was chaotic. With no apparent traffic rules and no sidewalks, people, motorbikes and cars...

The entrance to the Castelo de Sao Jorge (St George's Castle) in Lisbon

Lisbon – there’s enough to keep you busy for days

Whatever you’re looking for, Lisbon (or Lisboa as it’s known locally) has it. From great historical sights to exquisite churches to relaxing along the water to interacting with animals or just taking in a great view. Just don’t cut yourself short by not planning enough time in this dynamic and...

The Basilica of Our Lady of Fatima - the focal point of the Sanctuary

A pilgrimage to Fatima

On May 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children – Lucia and her two cousins, Francisco and Jacinta. It is one of the most moving stories of our time. Read about John’s pilgrimage to this small town in central Portugal and learn more about this Apparition and the ones that followed over the next six months. Read about the Sanctuary of Fatima and how you can make your own pilgrimage to this spiritual place.

Golden Rock in Myanmar is perched on the edge of a giant boulder

Myanmar series part 6 – GOLDEN ROCK

My Asian Wings flight touched down at Yangon International Airport in late morning. As usual, the plane stopped on the tarmac and we were bussed to the terminal. The domestic terminal is quite different from the international one. We exited the bus and walked a short distance to a small...

Myanmar - Inle Lake - Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery

Myanmar series part 5 – INLE LAKE

Local farmers and villagers spread their cloth coverings on the ground or on wooden tables to sell their products at the rotating markets. Intha fishermen use arms and legs to row their long boats as they lay or pull up their fishing nets each day on a lake that figures into every local resident’s life. Villages dot the green hillsides where locals go about their daily life. Buddhist monasteries are located throughout the area. Temple ruins tell of an existence many years ago. Located at 3K feet elevation on the Shan Plateau in central Myanmar is the Inle Lake area. If you visit just one place in this re-emerging country, Inle Lake will provide an overview of what life in this country is all about.

Novice monks waiting for lunch at the Mahagandayon Monastery

Myanmar series part 4 – MANDALAY

It was early Friday morning, on a hot June day, when the Asian Wings flight from Bagan landed at Mandalay International Airport. Except for the plane taxiing in Nyaung U before everyone was seated, the flight was uneventful (which is always a good thing) taking less than 30 minutes. I’m...