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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

Petra

…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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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.

An elegant dance

“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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A Shakespearean Tragedy of Egyptian Proportions

Philae Temple view from the Nile

  “I am Horus, the great Falcon upon the ramparts of the house of him of the hidden name. My flight has reached the horizon. I have passed by the gods of Nut. I have gone further than the gods of old. Even the most ancient bird could not equal my very first flight. I have removed my place beyond ...

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Sometimes Size Does Matter

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“IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone, Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws The only shadow that the Desert knows:— “I am great OZYMANDIAS,” saith the stone, “The King of Kings; this mighty City shows “The wonders of my hand.”— The City's gone,— Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose The site of this forgotten Babylon” – Horace Smith ...

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