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Peutinger Map, all roads lead to Rome - map of Constantinople
I have a deep fascination and passion for cartography – historical cartography in particular. It is very enjoyable to pour over curiously drawn medieval maps – crude attempts to depict the shape of the world, and marvel at the symbols used to depict cartographic and natural phenomena. Roman cartography is poorly understood, as next to no examples survive from their once-flourishing works – and most of those are medieval copies of Roman originals. One such
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Issyk Lake and Issyk Kurgan – Kazakhstan

Posted by Darius Roby on March 21, 2019

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Category: Asia
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Into the Mountains Compared to the steppes and deserts to the north, the southern provinces of Kazakhstan are walled off to the south by the towering peaks of the Tian Shan mountains, separating it from neighboring Kyrgyzstan. The majestic range is home to the tallest mountains that I have ever seen, with peaks towering well over 16,000 feet in places, snow-capped even in high summer. It is in these mountains that the elusive and endangered
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Tower of the Winds or the Aerides – Athens

Posted by Darius Roby on February 27, 2019

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Category: Greece
Among the monuments and ruins of ancient Athens is a most curious structure. The Tower of the Winds not only served an aesthetic but also a scientific purpose. Housing sundials, a water clock, and a wind vane, the Aerides was for all intents and purposes – an ancient meteorological station and clock tower. Concerning the Tower, its Shape, and its Function Athens is primarily frequented by tourists due to its classical heritage. The acropolis is
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Sighnaghi – Jewel of the Kakheti Region

Posted by Darius Roby on December 3, 2018

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Category: Georgia
Under the shadow of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, nestled in the wine-growing region of Kakheti in eastern Georgia lies the city of Sighnaghi. Overlooking the Alazani valley, the motherland of Georgian wines, this charming picturesque city is famous for its dramatic scenery, cobblestone streets, and pastel homes, becoming a popular touristic attraction in the country. Located approximately 70 miles from Tbilisi, Sighnaghi makes for an interesting day trip from the capital. Sighnaghi became prominent during
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Sarmizegetusa Regia – Dacian Holy Land

Posted by Darius Roby on November 14, 2018

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Category: Romania
Entering the autumnal forests of the Oraștie Mountains, I feel that I am entering a spiritual realm. It is a early morning, deep within the chilly throws of October, and evidence of the year’s decline is paramount. The ground is covered in leaves, and the forests create a mosaic of reds, yellows, and browns. Looking up towards the surrounding peaks, I see them hidden in mists of fog, inviting the traveler to discover the secrets