Pyramid of the Magician

When I think of pyramids, I picture isolated ruins standing alone as monuments to the ancient civilizations that created them. The ancient Mayan Pyramid of the Magician isn’t like that at all. At 131′ high this pyramid does tower over the surrounding flat land of the Yucatan Peninsula, but it doesn’t stand alone. It stands like…

Reflections of the Past

Travel to me is about the moments spent experiencing unique cultures and places. I really like to do this in places where the culture no longer really exists. Trying to find that piece of our collective past that is extinct. To dream about what life must have been like so long ago…. Angkor Wat and…

The Rounded Pyramid

This is the Mayan Pyramid of the Dwarf (aka Pyramid of the Magician), the crown jewel of the ancient city of Uxmal on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. It has rounded corners that make it unique among the ancient pyramids of the world. The legend is that the Dwarf Magician was born from an iguana egg to a…

Roman Sunset

These eight columns standing firm in silhouette as the sun sets on yet another day have done so for at least 600,000 days, perhaps as many as 913,000 days. This is what is left of the Temple of Saturn, which was an integral part of the Roman Forum during the Empire’s rule of the known world. The…

Great Fall Wall

This section of the Great Wall of China is known as Mutianyu. It is about 70km outside of Beijing and is generally thought to be less crowded than the closer Badaling section. My wife and I didn’t visit the Badaling section so I can’t speak in to how crowded that was, but Mutianyu was still…

Ostentatious Interior

I have seen many beautiful ancient structures all over the world. The ancient eastern temples of South Korea are no exception. This is the ceiling of one of the buildings inside the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. The architecture is very similar to that of the temples found in and around the Imperial City in Beijing,…

Built On Ruin

This is a small section of the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy. It was lost to time by the devastation of Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD. The church that sits on top of the now excavated ruins was there before the discovery of the first part of the ruins in 1709. There is something so interesting and intrinsically…

Lost in Thought

A young child, whose life has just begun, leans on walls that have stood for over a thousand years. Banteay Srei is a jewel amongst the Khmer culture’s temples in present day Cambodian. The red sandstone and intricate carvings throughout the miniature temple lends itself to a childlike fantasy land. Unlike the massive temples of the nearby…