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

April 10, 2014

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TweetIsn’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


TweetI 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 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

TweetThe 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 — and […]

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The Turkish beach towns of Bodrum and Dalaman (photos)

January 29, 2013


Turkish beach towns map

TweetThe 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 decide […]

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Bethlehem Separation Wall graffiti: A forum of expression

October 2, 2012


Banksy Bethlehem separation wall graffiti

TweetToday, 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


me disappointed at the Pyramids of Giza

TweetStill 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


Middle East Cyprus, food platters

TweetToday 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


solo female Middle East road trip, Basilica of Annunciation Nazareth

TweetAhlan 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


Middle Eastern road trip, Dome of the Rock

TweetThe last 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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Things to do in Yemen: Beautiful UNESCO-filled photo essay

April 24, 2012


things to do in Yemen, Qalansiyah beach

TweetA country in strife, yet with so much to offer. This week’s Travel Tuesday photo essay features the wonderful things to do in Yemen. Socotra Island Featured as having some of the best beaches in the Middle East, reiterated by Lonely Planet retweet, Socotra Island is one of the oddest sights not only in the […]

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