Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit – A UNESCO Highlight

Lithuania’s Curonian Spit is a narrow 60-mile strip of sand running from Klaipeda south into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Formed over 5,000 years ago, the forested dunes of the spit separate the mostly freshwater Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Read More


Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Just an Old Sweet Song: Georgian Polyphonic Singing (VIDEOS)

Singing is important in the South Caucasus country of Georgia – as important and as ubiquitous as the fantastic food, great wine and heartfelt toasts that the country is famous for. Here are some video samples of folk songs and chants from different regions of Georgia. Read More


Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

Insider’s Guide to Georgia’s Wine Country

The little South Caucasus country of Georgia is a gorgeous place, boasting fabulous food, music and mountains. Its warm Mediterranean climate, deep black soil, saw-toothed mountains and Black Sea coast combine to make Georgia a Garden of Eden, overflowing with wine and rich in culinary flair – everything you could wish for in a destination. Georgia's Kakheti region is famous for its wine, and the towns and wineries here are definitely worth a visit... and a wine-tasting... 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