go go go to baalbek!

If Baalbek isn’t on your bucket list, it should be.  This site has been wowing tourists, pilgrims and explorers for thousands of years. What one sees today is largely Roman. But the area has been inhabited since about 9000 BC. The Phoenicians built a huge temple to their god Baal in the center of the…

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beirut baby!

“Hi, kifak, ca va?” One phrase says it all. English, Arabic and French. Hi! How are you? Fine!…. the quintessential Beirut expression. The perfect symbol of this multi-cultural city. The Paris of the Middle East has had some pretty major downs over the past 40 years. But Beirut is back! And should feature high on…

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my favourite things: BEIRUT

Crazy, wild wonderful Beirut. This glamorous city has it all. Dance all night, smoke shisha with someones grandmother; shop in the chic-est of boutiques. Current and ancient history collide on every corner, sculptures of modern poets and politicians vie for your attention with antique ruins.  Insane drivers and fearless pedestrians lay claim to the rule-shy…

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getting lucky with the pharaoh

There are moments in life when you just get lucky. The universe offers an unexpected wonderful gift. Today was one such day for me. By some unlikely stroke of good fortune, Jack and I had Abu Simbel to ourselves for 90 minutes. These two temples, created in 1264-44 BC during the reign of super Pharaoh…

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the difference a day makes

St Pierre reigned as the Paris of the Caribbean. On May 7, 1902, this, the most glamourous city on Martinique, had it all…  fashionable inhabitants, a swanky theatre featuring top French performers, wealthy plantation owners and enough bars and brothels to keep the most jaded sailor happy. By 8:15 am on May 8th, Asunción Day…

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