The Radar: Spiritual Escapes in Europe, Istanbul’s Best Museums, Explore Phnom Penh

  • Find a more spiritual escape: spend time at one of the restored ancient monasteries scattered across the European countryside for stunning views, luxurious accommodations, and peaceful relaxation. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Looking for a cultural and artistic hotspot? Try Istanbul. From extravagant palaces to stunning art collections, here are the 10 must-see museums in this Turkish jewel. [Europe a la Carte]
  • Although once known as “The Pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh is often overlooked by visitors on their way to Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City. Here are 11 reasons why you shouldn’t miss Cambodia’s largest city. [Bootsnall]

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Photograph by Maurice Naragon, courtesy of Monastero Santa Rosa


  1. Maurice
    August 8, 2012, 11:52 am

    Erin… thank you so much for giving me credit for the photo you used in your article. As photographer and website designer for, I appreciate writers tagging my photos with my name. There is plenty more photography of this project, if you ever need it.

  2. The Wonders Of Wandering
    July 30, 2012, 2:34 pm

    I was able to visit Turkey on a cruise and was bummed we didn’t have time to check out Istanbul. I told my sister we would have to take a separate trip to really explore all of Turkey. The Amalfi coast is also on my list. I am experiencing some adventure travel in Costa Rica. Check out my new photo blogs at

    July 30, 2012, 5:28 am


  4. Brendan Mackie
    United States
    July 29, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Hey! This may be totally inappropriate, but I just came back from a two-week road-trip through a great deal of Turkey, and I wrote a diary of my trip in blog-form. I think that it’s pretty cool. But who on earth reads blogs these days? I guess travel bloggers at National Geographic. So. For your reading pleasure, I submit to you, this: