Petra, Jordan

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The flag of the Kingdom of Jordan utilizes the Pan-Arab colors of black, white, green, and red, consistent with the colors used in other flags of Middle East nations.  The red chevron represents the Hashemite dynasty, the oldest ruling royal family dynasty in the Arab world.  The 7-pointed white star imbedded in the red chevronRead more

Mauritius

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The beautiful multi-coloured flag of Mauritius has deep meaning.  The red stripe stands for the island nation’s struggle for freedom, the blue stripe is for the Indian Ocean in which Mauritius lies, the yellow stripe for the new light of independence, and the green stripe is for its agriculture and rich flora colour. A Relaxing WeekRead more

Tbilisi, Georgia

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The national flag of Georgia (sometimes called the ‘5 Cross Flag’) depicts a prominent red St. George cross surrounded by four smaller red bolnur-katskhuri crosses.  It was the original banner of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia from 1008–1490 and reinstated as the national flag in 2004.  St. George is the patron saint of Georgia.  The fiveRead more

Penang, Malaysia

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The unique design of the flag of Malaysia has significant meaning.  The 14 stripes and 14-pointed yellow star represent the 13 member states of the Malaysian federation and the Federal District of Kuala Lumpur, each having equal status.  The crescent and star represent the primary religion of Islam and yellow represents royalty.  The blue square stands for unity ofRead more

Bali, Indonesia

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The flag of Indonesia has a simple design has important meaning to its people.  The red stripe stands for blood of the people and the human body while the white stripe represents the soul and the spirit.  Together the red and white represent a complete human being.  The people of Indonesia call it ‘Sang Saka Merah Putih’, whichRead more

Colombo, Sri Lanka

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There is much symbolism in the unique design of national flag of Sri Lanka.  The gold border around the flag represents the unity of all people of Sri Lanka.  The green stripe represents its Muslim people and the orange stripe represents the Hindu Tamils.  The gold represents Buddhism and the saffron stands for a long life.  The golden lion isRead more

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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The unique design of the flag of Malaysia has significant meaning.  The 14 stripes and 14-pointed yellow star represent the 13 member states of the Malaysian federation and the Federal District of Kuala Lumpur, each having equal status.  The crescent and star represent the primary religion of Islam and yellow represents royalty.  The blue square stands for unity of theRead more

Singapore

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The flag of Singapore consists of two equal horizontal red over white stripes.  The red stripe represents the purity and virtue of its people while the red stripe represents universal brotherhood.  Within the red stripe is a white crescent symbolic of Singapore as a new nation and the five stars symbolize the nation’s ideals of democracy, equality, justice,Read more

Why I Owe My Travel Itch to James Bond

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Believe it or not, I remember when there were no computers or video games, much less the internet.  I remember a time when kids actually played outdoors–we explored the woods and built forts, we played in the direct sunlight all day with no sunscreen, we played basketball, baseball, football, soccer (the other football), and anythingRead more

Hong Kong

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The flag of Hong Kong features the indigenous Bauhinia orchid flower on a red background.  Red symbolizes its Chinese culture and the link to China as an autonomous ‘special administrative region’ of the PRC.  The white orchid flower (the actual flower is pinkish-purple) symbolizes the peace and harmony between the PRC of Hong Kong withRead more

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