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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Turkish Coffee
January 8, 2016
Video

Allan Langdale is an art historian and lecturer, who earned his doctorate degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His specialties include Italian Renaissance art and architecture, medieval art, and Byzantine art. His recent publications include the definitive guidebook to the art and archaeology of northern Cyprus and the travelogue,...

The Best Cultural Dive Sites in the World
November 18, 2015
Blog Post

Long-time Zegrahm leader, Susan Langley, is the State Underwater Archaeologist for the Maryland Historic Trust. She is a dive safety officer for the state of Maryland and is a master scuba diver trainer through PADI. Susan teaches classes and seminars on marine archaeology, and recently had a project recognized by President Obama! (...

One of Romania's Top UNESCO Sites: Moldavian Monastery
October 15, 2015
Blog Post

The lovely region of Bucovina, once the medieval principality of the province of Moldavia, nestles into the fir-clad Carpathian foothills in the northeastern corner of Romania. Repeatedly invaded by the Turks during the 14th and 15th centuries, the territory was successfully defended by Stefan the Great who ruled from 1457 until 1504. As thanks to God for his victories, Stefan built a monastery after each battle, and his son, Petru Rares, continued the tradition for another half...

Cappadocia
July 29, 2015
Blog Post

In some ways the truly ancient history of Asia Minor resides in the plains of central Anatolia and the mountain ranges of Eastern Turkey. Here ruled the great civilizations of the Hittites and Urartians, followed by Greeks, Commageneans, Romans, Byzantines, Armenians, Selçuks, Ilkhanids, Karmanids, and many other dynasties. It is in eastern Turkey that one gets an authentic sense of Asia Minor as a crossroads of empires. Villages and towns unspoiled by tourism still exist,...

Plymouth, England
July 23, 2015
Blog Post

Monday, May 18, 2015 - London, England / Plymouth / Dartmoor / Embark Sea Adventurer: Our adventure began in the surroundings of the Hilton Hotel at London’s Paddington Station where we had gathered yesterday to meet our fellow travelers and some of the expedition team. This morning we were shepherded through the rush hour crowds to catch our train which took us through some lovely English countryside and along the...

Agrigento, Sicily
June 8, 2015
Blog Post

The collective whisper of an olive grove’s rustling leaves at twilight, the trees seem to exhale after a day beneath the intense Mediterranean sun; soft, rolling hills, dotted with vineyards, lush and fragrant, the vines hang heavy with clusters of the patiently-ripening fruit; the crystalline waters of the sea, alive with fish and fisherman alike, each playing their age-old role in feeding the people of island. The breathtaking beauty of Sicily is reason enough to experience the area...

Khinkali and wine
June 2, 2015
Blog Post

While sampling the local cuisine is an integral part of any travel experience, you’ll find that partaking in a traditional Georgian supra is much more than time set aside to simply eat. A supra, or feast, is how Georgians celebrate all kinds of events—from weddings and birthdays to the arrival of travelers such as yourself; supras are the medium through which Georgians showcase both the delectable cuisine and exuberant hospitality for which they are famous. 

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St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

With its stunning scenery, friendly peoples, and a Mediterranean-esque ambience, the Channel Islands offer an interesting juxtaposition of French and British influences. The islands are in the English Channel, just a few miles off the coast of Brittany. They are bailiwicks, or self-governing British Crown Dependencies, and their form of government has been in existence for 1,000 years. Sark is actually still ruled by a Seigneur, which hearkens back to European feudalism.

Christianity...

Bordeaux, France
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

When you return from your Bordeaux travels, you may find yourself on the guest list for all sorts of neighborhood soirees and wine tastings—after all, you’re the new oenophile on the block! Your immersion in the world’s wine industry capital will surely school you in the ways of the local vineyards and tempt you with many a taste of the fabulous reds (and even some white) that stem from this region.

Before you go, take a look at a map of France to familiarize yourself with the layout...

Taking a Spin with Turkey's Whirling Dervishes
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

A secret turning in us
makes the universe turn.
Head unaware of feet,
and feet head. Neither cares.
They keep turning.

                   —Rumi, “The Secret Turning”

Anyone who has watched a child gleefully spinning in circles recognizes the bliss that comes in freely moving one’s body. Yet for members of the Whirling Dervishes, this twirling is a very...

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