Off the Beaten

Hindu Religious town of Nasik

Nashik is a town only 200 kilometers from Bombay. Nashik is a city in the state of Maharashtra in Western India. It is a city of pilgrimage for many Hindus. It is believed the name "Nashik" was derived after the incident in Ramayan when Lakshman (Sri Ram's brother) chopped off the nose of Surpanakha (Ravans Continue Reading ...

jajce waterfalls, classic waterfall picture

The small town of Jajce is a travelers hidden gem where the Pliva river plunges 21 meter down into the Vrbas river. Off the beaten track for western tourists, but popular with Bosnian visitors, Jajce's fortified castle and old town sits above the delightful and powerful waterfall that are surrounded by the rising Balkan mountains.

Friday I arrived to the charming mountain town of Krusevo about 30 kilometers west of Prilep. Krusevo is known for old houses, a famous uprising against the Ottoman Turks, and the home town of the Late Tose Proeski, until his death he was the most popular Macedonian singer of the Balkans. Krusevo's population is around Continue Reading ...

I am at the house/pet-sitting situation here in Bulgaria, which I arrived on Wednesday, and the owners left on Friday. This area is a beautiful area of Bulgaria and very easy going with small villages dotted around the Central Balkan National Park. The house is about 15 kilometers from the town of Tryavna, I will Continue Reading ...

I arrived in Kardamili last Friday. The Poet Homer, around 1200 BCE first mentioned Kardamili as one of the seven towns that Achilles was offered by Agamemnon as a dowry to settle the Trojan War. During that era, Kardamili was the main port for the city-state of Sparta along with Gythio. Local legend dictates that Continue Reading ...

Last Monday, I took the bus from Iraklion to Anogia (Anoyia) into the Mountains of Crete. Anogia resides beneath the highest mountain peak of Crete. I experienced a wonderful welcome and received more than what I asked. It was slightly rainy riding into town, but the mountain area just above was covered with snow. If Continue Reading ...

Amasya, a picturesque town that is located along the Yesilirmak river with mountains rising high above. The setting is spectacular, the compact narrow mountain valley produces an energy beyond compare. There are many picturesque Ottoman wooden houses that Amasya can boast and claim to be one of the most charming, delightful towns in Turkey.Dating back Continue Reading ...

Ani is a site that is not as common as Palmyra in Syria, or Petra in Jordan, even so, the visit to Ani is a must if the traveler finds themselves in Kars. Residing 45 kilometers from Kars, the ruins of Ani sits on the border of Turkey and Armenia.A person on the street in Continue Reading ...

The Castle at Musyaf is a castle in Syria that might not get much attention in the guidebooks or that you might hear much about. Nevertheless, this castle dominates the town of Musyaf and once a traveler takes the jaunt out to Musyaf, you will not be sorry you took the time to view this Continue Reading ...

Ismaillia: certainly not a tourist town or a town you hear much of, indeed; a town that might not even make it on the map; nevertheless, it is a town that the long term traveler may find as a paradise in its own way. Sitting upon the shores of Lake Timsah (Crocodile Lake) on the Continue Reading ...

Here are some pictures of Al Qasr. The Old Ottoman Islamic village dominates the town. Extreamly well preserved with dark lurking tunnels and allyways. Old bricks of mud which the rain can destroy. A little traditional town - Islamic, poor, hosptiable, quite, and very relaxing.Al Qasr is a lazy town with a historic site. Within Continue Reading ...

The sunset at Fatnas Island. Just to let you know the guy that runs the cafe is a crook charging 10 pounds for a cup of tea. Major crook.The time in Siwa has will be an unforgettable time. Very educational, relaxing, and eye opening experience, which I could write a whole chapter on. The people Continue Reading ...

I thought of sharing some ideas about the Pacific Coast Highway tour here in California. For anyone going on a road trip, driving the Pacific Coast Highway can be a relaxing adventurous trip. Starting in either San Diego or San Francisco will work real well, although if you start in San Diego you can visit Continue Reading ...