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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my favourite things: PETRA

Petra is on everyone’s bucket list for a reason. No matter how many times you have seen the Treasury, Petra’s most famous image, in movies or guide books, nothing prepares you for the first breathtaking moment you lay eyes on the real thing.  Once you get past this initial thrill there is so much more to…

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5 things to do in cairo that aren’t the pyramids

Cairo is big. The largest city in the middle east. 10 – 20 million people depending on who you ask. Yet most tourists only stay here 2 days. 3 days tops. Huge mistake. Cairo is like an onion. Once you get past the pyramids and the garbage there are layers and layers of places to…

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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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