The Amazing 2,000-Year-Old Boat on Kibbutz Nof Ginossar, Israel

I always said that some day the sea will give us a gift, says Yuvi Lufan. His prediction proved true. The gift which was given by the sea is now one of northern Israel greatest treasures, and my personal favorite. The sea of which Mr. Lufan speaks is the Sea of Galilee, and he says […]

This is Syria?

Knowing, as we do, that civil war is raging on in Syria, with its people enduring horrifying daily bloodbaths, it seems that the entire country must be in a state of catastrophic chaos. So when I got to look across the border into Syria the other day, it was shocking to see this: A little […]

Mokkatam Village a/k/a Garbage City in Cairo

I sat down to write a post about the amazing Cave Church I visited in Cairo, when I began instead reading up on the people who live in the village that is home to the church. Soon it became clear that an entire post should be dedicated to what little I know about these people […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part III

The morning is but a few minutes old when I find him. Shopkeepers in the throes of opening for the day are arranging their displays and setting chairs outside their doors, from where they’ll call out to passersby, “Please, come into my shop.” The jewelry shop that belongs to Joseph is right where I’d placed […]

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The Pains of Travel – When Shoes Aren’t Made For Walking

If there is anywhere you can travel in the United States and look absolutely as bodacious or hellacious as you wish, it is New York City. I personally like to land somewhere in between a ragamuffin and royalty, which leads me to dress simply yet stylishly. Looking fashionable in New York in the winter means […]

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Bubble Tea in Chinatown, NYC

Stumbling unexpectedly upon something, somewhere that catches your eye, your mind and your heart forever is a pretty rare event. Re-visting these attention-grabbing somethings even just one time can be quite exciting. And multiple times? Oh, the glee. When I travel down to New York, one something that long ago grabbed and has forever held […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler Redux – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part II

In Part I of Jerusalem Jeweler, I met Joseph, a man who crafted me a pair of earrings while we talked in his jewelry shop in the Old City souk on my first solo trip to Israel. I returned to Jerusalem in October of 2009, never having forgotten that I hadn’t paid him. Today I’m […]

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Very Secret Travel Secrets

Thank you, Anne-Sophie Redisch, for tagging me for the Tripbase Best Kept Travel Secrets Project. May the best travel blogs win! I have a lifetime of secrets, but here are three of my most special travel secrets (I do have others, though…) 1. Hiking Streams in Israel A popular Israeli pastime is hiking streams. I […]

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Why Am I The Only One Here? Wintertime at the Beach

New England beaches become lonely during the nine months of the year that people forget about them, I think. On the few isolated summer days when the weather is actually warm and the sun surprisingly visible, people desperate for what wintertime left behind travel from near and far, jamming highways and bottlenecking back roads, in […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part I

I have found that when locals spot you traveling alone, they are sometimes inspired to gravitate toward you. Solo travelers are, by the nature of our all-alone status, more approachable than people moving about in pairs or groups. Here’s the begininng of a tale of a sort of friendship that formed with one man in […]

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The Beginning of an Era

Finally. Thank you to everyone who has stayed tuned as I have asked for advice, input and opinions on my ever-slowly-developing travel writing blog. I appreciate your months of questions about when it will be launched, your comments and your concerns, followed by additional months of questions about when it will be launched. Thank you […]

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