Palais Garnier: A Must-See in Paris

As I was browsing my camera roll last night, I came across a photo of a large staircase with humongous marble columns, topped with heavily detailed capitals, supporting equally gorgeous arches. Carefully crafted sculptures of ladies and a pair of angels grace the landing while age-old chandeliers placed in the most […]

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Quick Stop at Moscow

What’s initially a three-day trip to Moscow turned out to be a one-day see-whatever-you-can kind of trip. Well, almost. When we found out that most of the stuff that interests us are in St. Petersburg, we had to make a decision between extending our stay or prioritize our wants. Since […]

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Davit Gareja: To The Edge of Georgia

Further to the southeast of Georgia, just a few yards away from the Azerbaijan border, is the rock-cut monastic complex of Davit Gareja (or David Gareji to some). The compound was named after its founder, one of the 13 Assyrian missionaries from Mesopotamia dedicated to spread Christianity across Georgia. The […]

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Debunking Russian Travel Myths

Russia has always been in the travel bucket list. Who doesn’t want to see the candy-colored onion domes of St. Basil’s? And as a landscape architect, I have been looking forward to the day I can step on their own version of Versailles. Last year, we vowed not to travel […]

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