Qasr al Sarab, Abu Dhabi

bucket list: Abu Dhabi… 7 things to know

It’s not just oil. Before oil was discovered in 1958 the Emirate was famous for its pearls. Once the oil money started to flow, Sheikh Zayad decided to build a modern city. He hired Japanese architect Katsuhiko Takahashi to oversee the…

caesara aqueduct by dana friedlander

bucket list: Israel…. 7 things to know

Tel Aviv means hill of spring. Dubbed the Mediterranean Capitol of Cool by the New York Times, it is where all international flights to Israel land. Not surprising, there are 14 km of beaches, nonstop nightlife, museums, graffiti and stands…

beijing

ten travel highlights of the last ten years

Top ten travel experience of the last ten years… no problem…this will be easy. I could not have been more wrong. Turns out this was one hell of a decade…narrowing it down incredibly challenging. After all, I went to the…

the oberoi philae

best bed: The Oberoi Philae, Nile River, Egypt

Cruising down the Nile had long been a fantasy of mine; I’ve read a lot to Agatha Christie novels over the years; she made it seem so glamourous. The people at Oberoi must have read them too. In 2016 they…

flowers at the entrance to the restaurant

best bed: The Old Cataract, Aswan, Egypt

A huge wonderful step back in time yet with everything the modern traveler needs. Late 19thcentury… Victoria’s empire was dominating the global scene when Thomas Cook built the first concrete hotel to house rich brits exploring the wonders of Egypt.…

extraordinary flowers

best bed:  Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence, Cairo, Egypt

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence, Cairo, EgyptThis is one great hotel that wow’s with opulent empire style elegance and the best service imaginable. By the end of my four-night stay there wasn’t a staff member who didn’t…

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