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W. Ruth Kozak

Ruth has been a travel journalist for 35 years. She also writes historical fiction and her novel, “Shadow of the Lion” will be published in UK in two parts. Part 1 “Blood on the Moon” in August 2014 and Part 2 “The Fields of Hades” in 2016 Ruth also edits and publishes a travel e-zine Travel thru History.

Olympia Greece: Running Naked for the Olive Crown

The first competition held at Olympia, Greece was nothing to do with going for the gold. In fact, it was a chariot race that would determine who would win the hand of a beautiful princess, and inherit her father’s kingdom. King Oionomaos of Elis, had a daughter who he loved very much, so he challenged each …

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Exploring the Historic Sites of Cartagena, Spain

If you have a passion for ancient history, Cartagena, Spain is a perfect destination. There are layers upon layers of history in this ancient coastal city. Located on Spain’s southern Costa Calida,  it was a naval port as far back as the 16th century and is still one of the most important in the western …

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Tabarca, Spain: The Pirate’s Island

If anyone mentions ‘pirates’ to me it immediately piques my interest. So when a travel-writer friend suggested that I might like to visit the pirate island of Tabarca off the Costa Blanca in Spain, I was more than interested. Tabarca History The tiny islet once known as Illa de Sant Pau (Saint Paul’s Island) is …

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The Scandals and Tales of Tredegar House in Wales

It was the mention of the famous pirate Capt. Henry Morgan that first sparked my interest when my cousin Nicola suggested we visit Tredegar House in Wales. Although Capt. Morgan, for whom the famous rum was named, was a distant grandson of the original owner of this 17th century Charles II era country house, it somehow …

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Marathon, Greece and the Ghosts of Ancient Warriors

I stand on the deserted beach of Marathon, Greece, a long crescent of stones and sand. Surf spills over the pebbles, spray bursts like a shower of gold-dust reflecting the dazzling Greek sun. On this beach, with the surf hissing over pebbles red as blood and white as bone, I hear the wind moaning like …

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Worms, Germany: A City of Churches

Worms, located on the west bank of the Rhine River, is one of Germany’s oldest cities. Besides the archaeological finds that go back more than 6,000 years, Worms was the scene of several events that shaped European history. It is the site of a medieval epic “the Nibelungelied’ , a story every German child learns …

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Greece’s Mysterious Lichadonisia Islands

It’s an overcast, gray October day and the gulls mewling over the sombre sea makes it seem even gloomier. I am standing at the marina at Kamena Vourla, a resort town on the north-east coast of Greece noted for its hot springs. I’m with a group of seniors who have traveled up the coast from Athens on a …

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On the Road From Athens to Corinth

The road from Athens to the Peloponnese traverses the coastline past factories and shipyards then climbs high above the sea rewarding us with panoramic views of the sparkling blue Saronic Gulf. My friends and I on our way to visit Corinth, the ancient city that was once a strong rival of Athens. As we descend the …

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