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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Playing the Oud at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

While staying at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa last month, I happily spent a few evenings in its sedately beautiful Sunset Lounge, enjoying caipirinhas and the hilarious company of my hosts, Christoph and Mohamed. These attractions weren’t all that made the lounge a favorite spot of mine, though. Each night I noticed a lone […]

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Habiba Organic Farm – “Desert Turned into Fertile Land”

The little town of Nuweiba is a very popular spot for travelers to Egypt’s Sinai region, with its barren tranquility, clean blue ocean waters and awesome mountain backdrop. I first stayed here last June at Habiba Village, a cozy family-run camp with an enviably gorgeous location on the Red Sea. Just a few-minute drive from […]

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Climbing 800 Steps to Petra’s Monastery

Petra is one of the greatest must-see’s of the Middle East and, in fact, the world. What fascinates me the most about this ancient Nabatean city carved into the mountains of central Jordan is not the fact that it was built in the first place, but that it was forgotten about for hundreds of years […]

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Luxor’s Coolest Sight – The Avenue of the Sphinxes

When you travel through Egypt, it is really exciting to see ancient history popping up all over the country’s landscape. Especially when you’re not expecting it. I knew Luxor was full of tombs and temples, which is the reason I traveled to this town in upper Egypt earlier this month. Just minutes after arriving, on […]

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Why Four Days at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa Isn’t Enough

“Four days is not enough,” said Christoph, the general manager of the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa, shortly after I checked into his hotel in upper Egypt. “Four days is plenty of time to see Luxor,” I responded. “But it’s not enough time to experience our hotel too. You can see all the sights, but […]

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A Luxor, Egypt Must-See – Medinet Habu Temple

Some sights in Egypt reach out and grab your attention effortlessly, while others sit quietly in the background, largely overlooked by the tourist population. In Luxor’s history rich West Bank the mountainside tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens draw throngs of tourists to their awesome dark interiors, and […]

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Women Traveling to Cairo Can Stay Safe with the Single Ladies Travellers Program

Many women who want to travel can’t find anyone willing to join them, so they stay at home. With the world so ripe for exploring, that is a real shame. In October of 2011 the Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence launched the Single Ladies Travellers Program to make women feel comfortable, safe and […]

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Petra, Jordan – Worth the Time and Money? Definitely.

Where did the ancient city of Petra come from? It is believed that it was created by the hands of Nabateans, who carved their city into the mountains of Jordan in approximately the 5th and 6th Century B.C. then lived there for several centuries in numbers upwards of 20,000 before moving on for unknown reasons. […]

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My Pre-Blog Travels: Part II – Muscat, Oman

I began to travel years before I had a blog, and in retrospect wish I could have shared those early, formative journeys online. I’ve recently found that looking at my old travel photos re-kindles not just memories but, at least somewhat, feelings. My digital photos only date back to the mid 2000′s, but there are […]

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How to Travel By Ferry from Egypt to Jordan

Egypt and Jordan aren’t connected by land, but this doesn’t mean that you have to fly if you want to travel from one country to the next. Just last week I traveled by ferry from Egypt to Jordan. When I returned to Egypt, I traveled overland from Jordan through Israel to Egypt and will be […]

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Wadi Rum, Jordan Through the Eyes of an Anti-Desert Person

I am not a lover of the desert. However, I have actually managed to fall in like at first sight with Wadi Rum in southern Jordan. Translated into English, Wadi means valley and Rum means high place. This aptly named Valley of High Places has the most interesting formations sticking out of the sand which […]

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First Impressions of Amman from a Jordan Sceptic

I have a confession. Although I love the Middle East, I was never very interested in visiting the country of Jordan. Lacking the ancient history of Israel and Egypt and the uber-wealthy cachet of the Persian Gulf, I didn’t understand its appeal. The past few years, though, I’ve spent so much time in so many […]

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