Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Across the Turkic world the legend of the kirk-kiz is associated with any number of places.  The Kyr Kyz fortress in Termez is one of these, but the legend is just that... a legend.  The common theme with all of these local legends involve the so-called "forty virgins" depending on the version of the story … Continue reading Day 16: Kyr Kyz Fortress

Day 26: Ayaz Qala

Newly independent from the Achaemenid Empire, the Ayaz Qala fortress was built by ancient Khwarazmian kings in the 3rd or 4th century BC to protect the fertile frontier from raiders on the edge of the vast expanse of the inhospitable Karakum Desert.  It was during this time that the Khwarazmians formed an alliance with Alexander the … Continue reading Day 26: Ayaz Qala

Day 53: Kuhna Ark

The Kuhna Ark is a city within a city, located on the western edge of the Itchan Kala, separated from the rest of the Khiva by a high wall.  First constructed as a military defensive fortress in the 12th century, and then expanded in the 17th century as a citadel palace and residence of Arang-Khan.  … Continue reading Day 53: Kuhna Ark

Day 90: Fortress of Nur

Founded by Alexander the Great in 327 BC, the ancient city of Nur is today known as Nurota.  Over 2,300 years ago, the fortress was built to defend the city and settled lands to south from the nomadic peoples of the steppe to the north.  The remains of the fortress, which is one of the … Continue reading Day 90: Fortress of Nur

Day 62: Château de Chillon, Montreux, Lavaux

Château de Chillon On the easternmost shores of Lac Léman sits one of the most famous attractions in all of Switzerland, the iconic medieval castle, Château de Chillon. Since the 10th century, this magnificent lakeside fortress has guarded the strategic route along the Rhone valley, leading south through the Alps and the Great Saint Bernard pass, … Continue reading Day 62: Château de Chillon, Montreux, Lavaux

Day 65: Antica Corte – Soave, among the vines

Last year, Alicia and I were in Verona for one of her operatic performances. Due to the late evening, and an epic dinner following, we decided to stay halfway between Verona and Vicenza in the magical area of Soave. Still in the province of Verona, Soave is of course world renowned for its famous white … Continue reading Day 65: Antica Corte – Soave, among the vines

Marostica – Living Chess Game

Only on even numbered years select nights during the month of September, the city of Marostica hosts a spectacular Renaissance themed living chess game you will never forget.  Truly a once in a lifetime experience. Please click HERE, or the picture below, for a direct link to the article! As a contributing travel blogger for the vacation … Continue reading Marostica – Living Chess Game

Montagnana – Città Murata

Rising from the Veneto plain, surrounded by some of the best preserved medieval walls in Europe, Montagnana is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Please click HERE, or the picture below, for a direct link to the article! I'm now a contributing travel blogger for the vacation rental company "Campaya" and their travel related news feed. While Alicia … Continue reading Montagnana – Città Murata