Saturday, May 28, 2022

Afghanistan: Reflections from a “Trip of a Lifetime” (Literally) in 1978

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While I know otherwise, I often find myself wondering if the name “Afghanistan” comes from some ancient word for “tragedy.” Afghanistan is in the headlines yet again — swiftly, and with almost no resistance,...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: From Mashhad, Iran, to Herat, Afghanistan

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: Herat, Afghanistan

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: A Second Dreamy Day in Herat

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: 500 Miles across Afghanistan, from Herat to Kabul

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

My 1978 “Hippie Trail” Journal: The fabled Khyber Pass from Kabul to Pakistan

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With the fall of Afghanistan, I’ve been reflecting on my travel experiences there as a 23-year-old backpacker on the “Hippie Trail” from Istanbul to Kathmandu. Yesterday and today, it’s a poor yet formidable land...

Comrades No More: Thoughts on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

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Today is a profoundly sad day. Russia’s aggressive action is heartbreaking for the death, suffering, and economic turmoil it will cause in Ukraine and, indirectly at least, beyond. Here at Rick Steves’ Europe, we...

Venuses Through History

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As Europe starts opening up to travelers again, it’s more exciting than ever to think about the cultural treasures that await. For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person...

Lascaux’s Prehistoric Cave Paintings

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As Europe starts opening up to travelers again, it’s more exciting than ever to think about the cultural treasures that await. For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters...

Granada’s Alhambra

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For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art and architecture — which I’ve collected in a book called Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces. Here’s one of my...

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