The Lakes of Band-e Amir, Afghanistan

The Lakes of Band-e Amir, Afghanistan

Any car can drive on any road, as long as the driver is determined enough.

Travel has taught me this lesson time and time again, and the drive to the sapphire lakes of Band-e Amir, Afghanistan’s first national park, is yet more proof.

The road begins innocently enough. Fresh black asphalt cuts through the sparse plains around Bamiyan, a town high in the Hindu Kush mountains, only half an hour from Kabul by plane. The road from Bamiyan to Band-e Amir feels new… and probably will remain that way for years to come, given the only signs of life on the road are shepherds, their flocks, and the occasional motorbike. But all good things must come to an end, and the new road to Band-e Amir is no exception.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Overseas Territories of France

Everything You Need to Know About the Overseas Territories of France

This article focuses on the Territories of France. It is part of a 4-part series explaining current day situation of the remnants of the colonial empires of the early 20th Century, almost all of which are small islands scattered around the world. Other parts of the series will examine the status of Dutch, British and United States territories.


At its peak in 1929, France held one of the world’s largest empires during the early 20th century controlling 12,898,000 km2 (4,980,000 sq mi), or 8.7% of the Earth’s land area. A full 72 countries have territory which was at one time or another, a part of France.

Since 1929, the size of the French empire has shrunk dramatically. Like other European colonial powers, their empire never disappeared entirely. Today you can find the vestiges of the French Empire in islands around the world.

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