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Art, History and Culture Shine in Safed Israel

Art, History and Culture Shine in Safed Israel

Safed was named as one of CNN’s ten most beautiful towns in May 2012. The charm of the mountaintop town is, however, only one of the many reasons it attracts enthusiastic visitors. Safed is known as one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities due to its history as a center of Jewish Mysticism.

Today visitors can wander around the narrow lanes and alleyways of the city to experience religious, cultural and historical sites of the area.

July 26, 2013 | By More
Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish. This is a place where hot calcium- laden waters spring from the ground, fall over a cliff and form magnificent shining white terraces and pools filled with warm water. In this place of natural beauty, Roman royalty once created at spa center in the second century BC. They built the spa city of Hierapolis around a holy hot-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still present today and travelers can bathe there for a fee.

Calcium carbonate, also known as travertine, is created with the reaction of calcium to hydrogen carbonate, which are present in the water. This makes the whole area brilliantly white and the sediment has created the pool formations.

July 19, 2013 | By More
Intriguing Derinkuyu, Ancient Underground City of Cappadocia Turkey

Intriguing Derinkuyu, Ancient Underground City of Cappadocia Turkey

There are many interesting and strange places around the globe that should be seen at least once and Derinkuya Cappadocia should on that list.

While most of us are familiar with Turkey with the allure of its vibrant cities and beautiful seaside locations, there is so much more to intrigue visitors. A group of underground cities present in Central Anatolia (Turkey) date all the way back to the times of the Hittites in the 18-14th centuries BC. Visiting these fascinating underground cities is a wonderful opportunity to explore an ancient culture. There are a total of 36 of these amazing constructions found throughout Cappadocia, but Derinkuyu is the deepest one.

June 7, 2013 | By More
Dubai in Summer – Cool Summer Sightseeing Activities

Dubai in Summer – Cool Summer Sightseeing Activities

You must have heard that winter is the best time to plan Dubai trip, as temperature is moderate during winter and allows visitors to enjoy several outdoor activities like sunbathing on white sandy beaches, desert safari and sand boarding. But I can assure you, Dubai offers ultimate opportunities of leisure and entertainment activities even during hot summers for people of all age groups, including kids. Hotels, resorts and airlines announce discount packages during summer season to attract families and friends to visit Dubai during summer. If you are planning to visit Dubai during summer, you need to prepare yourself to survive high temperatures.

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Discovering The Magic of Cape Town South Africa

Discovering The Magic of Cape Town South Africa

This city is sheer magic and be forewarned, it can weave a spell around you! No doubt the trip will involve a long haul flight from your country all the way to South Africa, but trust me the time spent on the airplane will be well worth the journey. Cape Town, located in Western Cape […]

May 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
Most Popular Sites For Red Sea Holidays

Most Popular Sites For Red Sea Holidays

I first took a Red Sea holiday in the late 1990s, having studied Arabian history and culture, and spent the six weeks following my graduation travelling around the region with three friends. Much has changed in the 15 years since we took our tour, and some of the countries that we visited, such as Sudan […]

May 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Located in the central parts of Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia seems taken out of a dream. Before we arrived in Turkey we had only read about the local caves and seen them in documentaries.  The industrious spirit of the local population should be praised as some of these caves have been converted into dwellings and […]

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My Vote For Best Restaurant In Jerusalem

My Vote For Best Restaurant In Jerusalem

I love to eat good food.  One of my favorite styles of cuisine is Arabic.  Cous-cous, hummus, lamb, roasted potatoes, tabouli, kafta, kibbeh, and more are among my favorites.  The spices are delicious, the meals well prepared, and for the most part, healthy. If you like this style of food, one of the most outstanding […]

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Touring The Historic Forts of Oman

Touring The Historic Forts of Oman

The Forts of Oman – A Walk Through History Oman is known for many things, but among the most grand attractions are its forts and palaces. The state has a colourful history comprising of influences from Islamic rulers, the Portuguese and even parts of east Africa. Due to its diverse environment, various tourist destinations and […]

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World’s Most Thrilling High-Country Drives

World’s Most Thrilling High-Country Drives

The world’s great high-country drives offer unparalleled scenery through the windshield. From the bear-prowled highlands of America’s Northern Rockies to the glacier-thick buttresses of New Zealand’s backbone, mountain roads are rich in scenery—and, with sheer drop-offs, avalanche delays, and tempestuous weather often the norm, a fair sprinkle of danger. Here are five glorious high-elevation routes—but […]

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Dubai On A Budget – Where To Stay, Shop and Play

Dubai On A Budget – Where To Stay, Shop and Play

Here are our secrets to make the most out of your trip to Dubai on a limited budget. Dubai is designed to target wealthy visitors and hardworking expats.  You’ll find a good range of activities and places to stay in the city. From the world’s most expensive hotels and exquisite cuisines to affordable accommodation and […]

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Come On Kids – We’re Off On A Sailing Vacation!

Come On Kids – We’re Off On A Sailing Vacation!

A family sailing holiday is a fantastic way to build confidence in and on the water, and also enjoy a fun and exciting vacation together.  Sailing encourages team work and helps each member of the family stay active and healthy, whilst enjoying an entertaining family holiday that gets everyone off the sun-loungers and onto the […]

December 23, 2011 | By | Reply More
5 of the World’s Most Unusual Budget Hotels

5 of the World’s Most Unusual Budget Hotels

If you are tired of the run-of-the-mill hotel chains which make up a sizable chunk of the budget to mid-range hotel sector, there are a number of ways you can give your vacation the edge but still get a bargain by staying in an unusual cheap hotel.

October 24, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Exuberant Spring Festivals

Exuberant Spring Festivals

It feels like only yesterday when we were celebrating Christmas and yet Pottsitauny Phil has promised that Spring is already fast approaching. Now is the time to plan your escape to another part of the world this Spring.   Why not take this opportunity to plan a journey to one of the world’s best spring […]

February 10, 2011 | By | Reply More
Best African Safari Destinations – 5 Top Game Reserves

Best African Safari Destinations – 5 Top Game Reserves

Many people dream of traveling to Africa to experience a world far different from what we know in our day to day lives. But the continent is a huge place, and thinking of where to start on your journey can be a daunting task. If seeing big game on safari is a lifelong dream of […]

June 22, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

One number will connect you to all the vital information you need while traveling in Israel.  Simply dial *3888 from any cell phone or land line while in Israel and you will be connected to information on local attractions, airports, visas, or emergency assistance.  Assistance for the “Tourphone” is provided in English and French.

February 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
Six Unique Undersea Hotels

Six Unique Undersea Hotels

If you’ve ever dreamed of residing under the sea among the brilliantly colored sea life, your opportunity is at hand. We’ve found wonderful underwater hotels that offer the exhilarating experience of sleeping among the fish. In the best of circumstances a lodging is a destination in and of itself. This is absolutely true of these […]

January 7, 2008 | By | Reply More
Planning to 'party out' in Dubai?  Think Again!

Planning to 'party out' in Dubai? Think Again!

Dubai is calling… pictures of over the top luxurious hotels, private islands shaped like palms, poems, and world continents, indoor skiing, man made surfing beaches – it’s a party paradise right?? WRONG! A strategy to attract the wealth of the region (and the world) has brought Dubai to the pinnacle of attention in lux media […]

October 26, 2007 | By | Reply More