April 10, 2014

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Baalbek Lebanon pictures: UNESCO site and best-preserved Roman Temple

Tweet Isn’t it sad that more people in the world know about the Parthenon in Athens than Baalbek Lebanon? Pictures usually speak louder than words, so today’s mini photo essay is about the most impressive UNESCO site in this Middle Eastern country: some of the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world today! SO, before […]

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March 28, 2014

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Middle East landmarks and off-the-beaten-path UNESCO sites (PHOTOS)

Tweet I have already shared with you many Middle East landmarks I have been blessed to visit or know about: From the Dome of the Rock in Old Jerusalem and the Lost Nabatean City of Petra to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sheikh Sayed Mosque in the UAE. As part of FriFotos this […]

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August 7, 2013

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Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

Why I want to visit Iran (photo essay)

Tweet “Do you have a death wish?!” she said, with an appalled expression on her face. “Why would ANYONE want to visit Iran?!” All I could think of was “why the HECK not?!” From its extensive history to its gorgeous landscapes, there are several reasons why I want to visit Iran. Ever since the ancient […]

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March 22, 2013

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Islam symbols, their meaning, and other Middle East charms

Islam symbols, Kaaba

Tweet Islam is, arguably, one of the most controversial and misunderstood religions in the world. For this reason, I picked Islam symbols, their meaning, and a couple of other Middle East charms for this week’s special #FriFotos post. I hope this photo essay sheds some light on this fascinating region and their culture. Let me know if […]

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February 7, 2013

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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

Tweet The following Middle East movies article is a guest post ** So many films focus on the political strife and violence in the Middle East, but this region is an area that can’t be defined by a single aspect. There are so many interesting and uplifting facets to  this corner of the globe — […]

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January 29, 2013

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The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

Turkish beach towns map

Tweet The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman may look similar to the foreigner. However, like sugar and salt, those who are familiar with the area know that each town appeals to a different type of traveler. Today we explore their beaches, attractions, and transportation options so you can make up your mind and […]

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January 9, 2013

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Spanish Morocco: The EU in Africa? Educational photo essay

Tweet In the fifteenth and the seventeenth century, Melilla and Ceuta became Spanish territories or exclaves, respectively. And while Morocco has claimed these territories several times since then, they have been unsuccessful. In my eyes, Spanish Morocco is here to stay — at least for the next decade or two. Spanish Morocco: The EU in […]

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December 7, 2012

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Middle Eastern sites and columns: What I’ve seen (photos)

Middle Eastern sites, Medinet Habu

Tweet The theme of this week’s FriFotos is COLUMNS. Thus, I wanted to share some photos of Middle Eastern sites and ruins as seen through my travels. Hope you like them! Cairo’s minarets Known as the city of the thousand minarets: I lived in Cairo for a full year study Egyptian and Modern Standard Arabic. […]

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November 16, 2012

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St. Barbara’s Day history, customs, and traditions: The Middle Eastern Halloween?

St Barbara's Day pastry Atayef

Tweet Imagine children skipping down the streets, dressed in colorful costumes, their voices singing a familiar tune as they make their way door to door, hoping to collect delicious treats. It’s easy to guess this is Halloween night, until I mention a couple crucial details: It’s December 4th in Lebanon. In this Middle Eastern nation, […]

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October 23, 2012

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Caesarea Philippi, Banyas Reserve: Solo female Middle Eastern road trip (part 6)

Tweet I am back! Welcome to part 6 of my solo female Middle Eastern road trip. This week, we resume the run down memory lane. Where to?! My hitchhiking Israel adventures took me Couchsurfing at Kibbutz Dafna, located 12 km northeast of Kiryat Shemona. Additionally, I visited Caesarea Philippi and the Banyas reserve. Gorgeous, relaxing area by […]

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