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…

petra

best bed: Movenpick Petra Resort, Wadi Musa, Jordan

Location, location, location. The Movenpick is only steps from the entrance to Petra. Why should you care? Well, the site is huge, a bit overwhelming and there is a lot to see. I loved being able to go back several…

the cover of the 2019 edition of obelisque magazine

marie khouri in obelisque magazine…my article

Marie Khouri, from Cairo to Canada. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to write about Marie for the leading Egyptian lifestyle magazine Obelisque. Here is my article. I hope you enjoy it. A tiny woman making huge art, Marie Khouri is a…

still standing, baalbek

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.…

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