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Middle East relaxation: Postcards from some of my favorite spots

April 25, 2014

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quite a stressful week, it’s nice to be transported to my favorite ‘decompressing’ spots. So today’s post will be short and sweet: Middle East relaxation. A photo essay, describing a few locations that ooze peace and quiet whilst in the middle of the chaotic region. Smoking shisha on a Bedouin café by the sea […]

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

April 10, 2014

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217;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 you […]

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

March 28, 2014

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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 week […]

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5 Great Middle East Movies: Travel Inspiration

February 7, 2013

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Middle East movies, Captain Abu Raed

llowing 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 — and […]

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The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

January 29, 2013

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Turkish beach towns map

rkish 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 decide […]

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Bethlehem Separation Wall graffiti: A forum of expression

October 2, 2012

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Banksy Bethlehem separation wall graffiti

I’m in a quite reflective mood. For this reason, I have decided to finally post all those Bethlehem Separation Wall graffiti photos. All these shots touched me during my visit there in December 2008, one way or another. Unless otherwise stated, photo credits to David Norton, fellow traveler and student at the American University […]

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Giza Pyramids disappointment: My travel photo and story

May 24, 2012

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me disappointed at the Pyramids of Giza

struggling with my health, so today I’m simply sharing my Giza Pyramids disappointment travel photo and story. The Pyramids of Giza were on my travel bucket list for many years. However, my experience once I finally visited the plateau was nothing like what I had imagined… I like this travel photo, which I titled “Giza Pyramids […]

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Middle East Cyprus: An unlikely concoction? (educational photo essay)

May 15, 2012

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Middle East Cyprus, food platters

we expose an unlikely concoction: Middle East Cyprus. Wait, isn’t it an European island?! Decorating hundreds of Mediterranean travel brochures worldwide, Cyprus’ location and culture are commonly misunderstood. Granted, it is located in the Mediterranean Sea–but so are the coasts of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey! Indeed, Middle East Cyprus is real and today […]

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Solo female Middle East road trip: Jerusalem to Haifa and Nazareth (part 2)

May 11, 2012

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solo female Middle East road trip, Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth

wah sahlan! Shalom! Today’s FriFotos theme is paradise and I’ll be depicting it as a state of mind. “Paradise” as such was my epic solo female Middle East road trip, which took me from Cairo to Jerusalem, onto a 3-week Couchsurfing and hitchhiking adventure around the Holy Land, then onto the Nabatean city of Petra, […]

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Solo female Middle Eastern road trip: Cairo to Jerusalem (part 1)

May 4, 2012

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Middle Eastern road trip, Dome of the Rock

st week of May 2009, I decided to entail on an epic Middle Eastern road trip, cycling and hitchhiking around the region. I traveled throughout Israel for 3 weeks; went hiking inside the Nabatean city of Petra, where I even climbed the Monastery to the very top with a Bedouin; and finished off in Egypt. This […]

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