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Keren Camel Market in Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Keren Camel Market in Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Keren Camel Market in Eritrea   The camel plays an important role in Eritrea’s history and even self-identity, with the long-suffering animals playing a vital role in many of the battles central to the decades of conflict that have waged on and off since the 1960’s. The animal even features prominently …

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Art Deco Architecture of Asmara Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Exploring Asmara, Eritrea

Photo of the Week: Streets of Asmara, Eritrea   Researching a trip to Eritrea, the bulk of the (admittedly very limited) information available points to one major draw: the Art Deco Architecture of capital city Asmara. An Italian colony from the 1880’s till 1947, the European influence is notable throughout the country but particularly in …

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World Nomad Games 2014

Photo of the Week: World Nomad Games 2014

Photo of the Week: World Nomad Games 2014 A celebration of culture and sports, international cooperation, press passes and sheeps’ asses. Nope, it’s not the Olympics, but the World Nomad Games: a biennial festival of all things nomadic culture on the shores of Issyk-Kol lake in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. Contributor Stephen Lioy covered the …

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Tagong Horse Festival Sichuan China

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival

Photo of the Week: Tagong Horse Festival It’s the Wild West, with fast-riding horsemen and long-standing family feuds and even the occasional mineral-rights dispute. It’s not Texas though, it’s China, the Western reaches of Sichuan province where Tibetan culture keeps a firm hold on the ancient region of Kham. And in the town of Tagong, for a …

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Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco

Photo of the Week: Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco

Photo of the Week: Monte Carlo Harbour in Monaco Monte Carlo is not exactly budget traveler territory. The city at the heart of the Principality of Monaco on the French Riviera is the territory of Bond girls, fast cars, and flashy yachts; and also an area that receives relatively little time on backpacker itineraries of Europe. …

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Tilework at Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Photo of the Week: Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul

Photo of the Week: Rustem Pasha Mosque in Istanbul Just a few minutes’ walk away from the popular Spice Bazaar and the Balik Ekmek vendors of Eminonu, the Rustem Pasha Mosques gets just a handful of visitors that the more famous Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) sees.  Wander up the right unassuming staircase off a busy market street …

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Turkmenistan's Monumental Marble Capital City

Photo of the Week: Turkmenistan's Monumental Marble Capital

Photo of the Week: Turkmenistan’s Monumental Marble Capital   The name ‘Turkmenistan’ for most people brings to mind fiery craters in the desert or maybe the cult of personality surrounding former president Turkmenbashi, if indeed it conjures up anything at all. Very few people have any conception of the capital city Ashgabat, an inexplicable city …

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Photo of the Week: Industrial Tourism, Tokyo, Japan

  Industrial Tourism Tokyo Japan   It’s an oft-overlooked fact that Tokyo is a city by the sea, and to be honest, it’s easily done.  Visitors to the world’s largest urban area spend most of their time trying to keep from drowning in an ocean of metropolitan pleasures that encompass the mad kaleidoscope of rabid …

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