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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Al Omari Grand Mosque and municipal buildings in downtown Beirut, Lebanon

The sun assaulted me at Baalbeck ruins in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Brilliant blue skies were perfect for viewing this world’s largest Roman temple, but in the 90-plus degree temperatures I soon...

Street art in Nicosia, Cyprus, on the Turkish side of the divided capital city

I’d come to Cyprus to wind down from my summer of travel. I was looking forward to a week of evening walks along the seaside promenade in Larnaca and days of...

Dancers perform traditional Bulgarian folk dances at Beli Noshti (White Night) Festival in Beli Izvor, Bulgaria

“Just call me Daisy,” she said. “You know, like in the movie Driving Miss Daisy.” Her name is actually Desislava Natzkova but, as she later explained to me, her Bulgarian name...

Artists make the use of a brilliant sunny day in Minsk, Belarus, to paint scenes of Liberty Square

My goal to travel to every country in Europe was upended a couple of years ago when I started researching how to visit Belarus. I was eligible for a single-entry tourist...

Giant mural in Kiev's Independence Square Maidan proclaiming "Freedom is our Religion!" stands in contrast to the mail order brides scam that pervades Ukraine

As I often do when visiting a new country for the first time, I asked a number of people I met in Kiev what one thing best describes Ukrainians. Without exception,...

Butternut pumpkin slices with ginger and rosemary filled with pine nut and spinach fondue cilantro pesto and sour apple cubes at Mantra Raw Vegan Restaurant

Not so long ago, traveling as a vegetarian or vegan was a challenge. Fortunately, in recent years vegetarianism and veganism have become more mainstream, thus an increasing number of restaurants cater...