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Pamukkale – A Cotton Candy Fairy Tale

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In a country that has some amazing sites the Cotton Candy Travertine Terraces of Pamukkale. rated in my top 3. And considering on our several month journey covering 14 countries Turkey was my favourite country, that rates it pretty high indeed! While visiting ancient ruins had been a major highlight of our months exploring the Middle East, we discovered some ...

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A Trip to The Valley of the Kings Part 2: The Dos and Don’ts of Donkey Riding

In all honesty I could probably write a book on the dos and don’ts of animal transport in third world countries.  But the least favourite of all the animals I’ve had the pleasure of being transported by during my travels is – without a doubt – DONKEYS. So you remember that movie with the big green ogre who went off ...

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Jerash – the greatest Roman ruins you’ve never heard of.

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Jerash – Jordan’s best kept secret. Overshadowed by the magnificent Petra, the reason most tourists come to Jordan. Yet ironically, Jerash is the second most visited site once tourists arrive in Jordan. An hour from Amman, the city can easily be toured as a day trip. Early morning is best – to avoid the heat. The ancient city is one ...

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Petra – The road to the Holy Grail

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…who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life. Let them bring me to your holy mountain in the place where you dwell. Across the desert and through the mountain to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, to the Temple where the cup that holds the blood ...

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Searching for Lawrence – the Desert Dands of Wadi Rum

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  “No man can live this life and emerge unchanged. He will carry, however faint, the imprint of the desert, the brand which marks the nomad; and he will have within him the yearning to return, weak or insistent according to his nature. For this cruel land can cast a spell which no temperate clime can match.’ – TE Lawrence ...

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Amazing Karnak – Monument to the Pharaohs

The sacred lake

Ancient Thebes, the “City of Amun”, surrounded by what is now modern day Luxor. Home of Karnak – arguably one of the most impressive monumental temple sites in Egypt. No small task in such a country. On a tour of Egypt’s more well known temples – Philae, Edfu, Kom Ombo – Karnak is best left for last. All are spectacular, ...

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Blokes, Boats and Beer…a trip down the Nile.

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“He who rides the sea of the Nile must have sails woven of patience”  – William Golding Patience..or a maybe just a felucca full of beer and plenty to read… A highlight of any trip to Egypt would have to be a Nile Cruise. There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this, depending on what you are after. ...

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Crazy Cairo

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain Cairo is a city that seems to try hard to make a good first ...

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The Road to Marrakech

The spice markets in Marrakesh

“I believe that Marrakech ought to be earned as a destination. The journey is the preparation for the experience. Reaching it too fast derides it, makes it a little less easy to understand.” ― Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights   Marrakech. Just the name solicits a rush, a place I have longed to see for as long as I can ...

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Edge of The Sahara

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“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…” Antoine de Saint-Exupery – The Little Prince   Rose gold hills appear in the distance, looking like a mirage with the heat shimmer rising from the land between us and them. Yes…finally there were ...

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Berber Villages and Ski Resorts?

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“Time in the wild reminds me how much of what I ordinarily do is mere dithering, how much of what I own is mere encumbrance. The opposite of simplicity, as I understand it, is not complexity but clutter.” – Scott Sander   Leaving Fes, we head out, swapping train for the inevitable tourist mini-bus that always makes a show on ...

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Fes: A Sensory Overload

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“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.” – Rudyard Kipling In a country that overwhelms your senses, Fes is a riot of colours, sounds and smells. To get lost in one of the almost 10,000 alleyways and streets of the medina is absurdly one of the biggest appeals of Morocco. Considered the medieval capital of ...

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Meknes: Imperial City

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru   My perception of Morocco is deserts, camels and bedouin, at least til I arrived. It's the height of spring, but I'm surprised by ...

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Casablanca – The Extremes of Morocco

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” From far off, through circuitous corridors, came the scent of citrus-blossom and jasmine, with sometimes a bird’s song before dawn, sometimes a flute’s wail at sunset, and always the call of the muezzin…” ~ Edith Wharton In Morocco   41 hours of hellish flights and airport stopovers that were too long to be comfortable and too short to be ...

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The Back Roads of Morocco

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  “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” ~ André Gide     We were finally venturing from our SE Asia safety net to lands unknown. Mysterious, exotic and perhaps a hint of danger   Once again we were mixing it up with a mixture of “organised” backpacking ...

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