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Cartagena, Colombia

During a visit to Cartagena,  Colombia this past Thanksgiving break, I spent much of the time exploring the old walled city and neighboring fortress of San Felipe de Barajas. The fortress, while large and imposing, is not aesthetically pleasing. The … Continue reading

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Hisashiburi desu…visiting Matsumoto-jo and Nagano Prefecture again

I have just returned from my first visit to Japan in 12 years. The trip also included visits to Matsumoto Castle (Matsumoto-jo), Kyoto and the Edo era town of Tsumago in the Kiso Valley. I had last visited Matsumoto-jo in … Continue reading

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Krak des Chevaliers

I was  pretty disturbed to see the following video posted in the NY Times a few days ago. The bombs barely missed the castle. I vividly recall catching a mini van from that town to go to Aleppo via Homs … Continue reading

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