Take 2: Making Movies (Again) in Georgia

Take 2: Making Movies (Again) in Georgia

Georgia's rich legacy of making movies – from pre-Soviet times to its current renaissance – is cinematic testament to its legendary independent spirit. Once a republic of the Soviet Union, Georgia has been a relatively liberal place known for its creative filmmaking, not only in former Communist countries, but in the entire world. Its rich history of movie-making encompasses comedy and drama as well as groundbreaking anti-government satire and philosophical challenges. The backdrops for shooting scenes are riveting, from snow-capped sawtooth mountains and fertile valleys to centuries-old churches and fortresses. Read More


Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

Georgian Military Highway: A Road For All Time

The Georgian Military Highway in the South Caucasus is one of the most spectacular roads in this region, with the jagged snow-capped Caucasus Mountains, rippling emerald-green hills and valleys, wandering sheep, and ancient cathedrals, monuments, and fortresses still keeping vigil. And yes, its name reflects its history as a highway. Read More


Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Celebrating Orthodox Easter in Russia, Ukraine, East & Central Europe

Yes, there are two Easters! The holiest day in the liturgical calendar, Orthodox Easter is celebrated April 28, 2019 in Russia, Serbia, Ukraine and beyond. There's no Easter bunny, but the food is fantastic. Read More



Travel to Turkey: Explore Istanbul and the Rest of Turkey

Travel to Turkey: Explore Istanbul and the Rest of Turkey

Travelers could spend weeks in Turkey's Istanbul, yet there is so much more beyond: Cappadocia, Mardin, Antalya, Mediterranean Coast, and ancient Ephesus. Read More


Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Moscow’s Red Square: Beautiful in Red

Depending on how you translate it from Russian, Moscow’s Red Square ­– “Krasnaya Ploshchad’”– is either red, or beautiful. To many, it's definitely both. Red Square is home to history, from St. Basil's and the Kremlin to the military celebrations of the Great October Socialist Revolution of 1917. Read More


Travel to Turkey: 6 Scenic Reasons to Visit Captivating Cappadocia

Travel to Turkey: 6 Scenic Reasons to Visit Captivating Cappadocia

Cappadocia is the heart of Turkey, a moonscape place in central Anatolia of fairy chimneys, cave homes, underground cities, and magical hot-air ballooning. Read More


Travel to Turkey: 5 Highlights in Southern Turkey, From Ankara to the Mediterranean Coast

Travel to Turkey: 5 Highlights in Southern Turkey, From Ankara to the Mediterranean Coast

Variety abounds in Turkey, heading south to the Mediterranean Coast: Ankara's Ataturk, Konya's whirling dervishes, and countless laid-back fishing villages. Read More


Travel to Turkey: 5 Favorite Western Turkey Highlights, From Ancient Ruins to the Aegean Coast

Travel to Turkey: 5 Favorite Western Turkey Highlights, From Ancient Ruins to the Aegean Coast

Western Turkey and the Aegean Coast are Turkey's old soul: steeped in wars, history, legends, and world-famous ruins – from Ephesus to Troy. Read More


Travel to Turkey: 6 Favorite Highlights in Istanbul

Travel to Turkey: 6 Favorite Highlights in Istanbul

Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is Turkey's East-West showcase city of mosques, palaces, antiquities, legendary water views, and unforgettable cuisine. Read More