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An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Loaded for Polar Bear in Nunavut: Nanook of the North On the Looney Front -- Part 6

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

My Inuit guide Maurice is not free today but his brother Alan turns up astride the tracked metal beast, and I ensconce myself atop a plastic ice-cooler at the back of a sled behind a little on-board hut-type contraption.

Of Ice Fields and Icebergs in Frozen Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 5

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Doing in reverse in 40 minutes what it took Mr. Cheltenham and his friend seven days to complete with skis and spiked boots down below, I gain a magnificent bird's eye view of the craggy splendours of Nunavut's Auyuittuq National Park on the flight from Pangnirtung to Qikiqtarjuaq.

A James Bond Park in Canada's Frozen Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 4

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.19.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There's a huge thick eiderdown on the sled and I burrow down under it, with only my head emerging, like a curious ninja turtle. But my feet are still freezing, my hands are frozen, my balaclava-ed face is stinging like old buggery, and, yes, my lashes have frozen over again.

Moving up Baffin Island in Nunavut's Arctic Spring: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front - Part 3

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I still have enough time in Iqaluit, Nunavut's capital, to recoup for my earlier failure to find Sylvia Grinnell territorial park. I find an office in a shack and enquire. "First right, first left, you can't miss it," I'm told.

Dog Sledding in Nunavut, Arctic Canada: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front -- Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.17.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

I'm flailing about like a balloon, and he has to pull me upright. We drive out to where the dogs are chained up -- 14 absolutely magnificent furry and friendly animals, barking, caterwauling, yelping and howling in one mighty cacophony.

In Canada's Inuit Territory of Nunavut: Nanook of the North on the Looney Front - Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The crazy quilt gives way to wall-to-wall blinding whiteness, the pilot tells us we are now passing over the North Quebec hydro-power plant, and fair Lady Wind Tunnel, not to be outdone, lets slip the mother of all winds.

The Remotest Vacation Spots On The Planet

Thrillist | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Thrillist

We drew up this list of some of the most remote vacation spots on the planet. A few are difficult to get to, many are the only inhabited spot for miles, and all of them are sure to get you far away from your usual haunts.

Around Greenland's Coldest Settlement in the Depths of Winter: Going Barmy instead of Balmy on the Looney Front - Part 2

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.23.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Here a bright whitish aura spreads across the horizon, waves at us a little, shoots up a couple of fountain-like columns now and again. But that's about it. Ms. Aurora is definitely a tad shy tonight.

Greenland's Massive Ice Cap in the Depths of Winter: Going Barmy Instead of Balmy on the Looney Front -- Part 1

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.16.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Talk about wrong way Mike! Everybody else is escaping the extra harsh cold in the north-eastern United State by flying south to the Caribbean, so how come I'm flying north to deepest Greenland in the depths of winter?

The Much Delayed Airport - An End at Last to St. Helena's Isolation: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away from it All on the Looney Front (Part 12)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.19.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Until now reliant on the monthly-odd visits of the RMS St. Helena on her run from and to cape Town, South Africa, this tiny rock's terminal isolation is about to change forever in early 2016.

Around St. Helena Aboard the Enchanted Isle: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 11)

Mike Arkus | Posted 04.04.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Having crisscrossed the mountainous interior and multiple microclimates of St. Helena on land there remains one more major trip -- the circumnavigation of one of the world's most remote island.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena - Part 3, Evening: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 10)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

There are still two hours left for this 'lazy' day before evening sets in and Jamestown's wild nightlife begins, so there's time for a little local hike along the rugged cliff face.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena - Part 2, Afternoon: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 9)

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.21.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

If you could see forever over Earth's curves as you gaze south from this most remote of islands, the next land to meet your eye across the blue swell of the vast South Atlantic would be Antarctica. But as you can't, let's continue our lazy day by turning back from the waterfront, crossing the bridge over the dry moat, and passing through the town gate again.

A Day in the Life of Jamestown, St. Helena -- Part 1, Morning: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 8)

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

It's time for a respite from the Napoleoniana and scenic wonders of the mountainous hinterland to watch life stroll by, and to laze about town, if you can call Jamestown a town as it threads its way from the blue South Atlantic through stark cliffs up a narrow, arid ravine.

Beyond Napoleon, Others Famous Visitors Turned up in St. Helena Voluntarily (Part 7)

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.07.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Before Napoleon went into forced retirement on St. Helena, courtesy of the British and Prussians who kicked his arse at the battle of Waterloo, several other historical figures set foot on this remote rock lost in the South Atlantic, 1,200 miles from Africa and 2,000 miles from Brazil.

Behind the Barren Volcanic Exterior, the Glorious Eden of St. Helena: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 6)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.28.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

When you approach St. Helena from the sea nothing could seem more forbiddingly inhospitable than the jagged cliffs and soaring crags that rise precipitously out of the frothing ocean, impenetrable ramparts that scream 'keep out.'

Napoleon' Last Hurrah - A Grave With No Name on St. Helena: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 5)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena is forever linked with the name of Napoleon Bonaparte, the megalomaniacal Corsican-cum-French emperor who was exiled there by the British in 1815.

Aboard RMS St. Helena in the Vast South Atlantic: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 4)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.17.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

After two and a half days at sea with nothing but the vast expanse of the sometimes grey, sometimes blue Atlantic tossing out in all directions, a rugged mountainous mass with sharp pointed pinnacles, deep folds and narrow ravines looms out of the dawn haze and clouds, a brilliant yellow sun gilding all.

RMS St. Helena, Last of the Storied Royal Mail Ships: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 3)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Once they proudly sailed the seven seas, mighty traveling hotels, carrying both passengers and cargo to the furthest outposts of the British Empire, earning their prestigious title of RMS (Royal Mail Ship) by dint of carrying His or Her Britannic Majesty's mail to his or her farthest-flung subjects.

Ascension Island's Stark Volcanic Cones: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 2)

Mike Arkus | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

In the beginning there was little but lowly endemic parsley ferns on the precipitous volcanic cones of Ascension Island, that burnt, parched rock lost in the vastness of the South Atlantic.

Ascension Island, a Burnt Volcanic Cinder in the Vast South Atlantic: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away From It All on the Looney Front (Part 1)

Mike Arkus | Posted 01.31.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

A 34-square-mile speck of 44 lava, ash and cinder cones lost in the middle of the South Atlantic, eight degrees south of the Equator, 900 miles from Africa and 1,400 miles from South America, it would be harder to find a more remote get-away than Ascension Island.

You're Going To Really Have To Want To Get To This Island

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel

If you're looking to get away -- and we mean really away -- from a fast-paced life, you probably should head on down to St. Helena. You may have heard...