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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 15th, 2024

Uncover Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt: Your Ultimate Guide to Holiday Bliss


Ever craved a getaway where crystal-clear turquoise waters lap against sizzling sands, vibrant marine life thrives just offshore, and world-class relaxation awaits? Then pack your swimsuit, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to be whisked away to the incredible Sharm El Sheikh!

Nestled in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is the crown jewel of the Red Sea Riviera. Renowned for its electrifying nightlife, pristine beaches, and luxurious resorts, it's no surprise this city shines as a top global tourist destination.

So, are you ready to explore the magic of Sharm El Sheikh? Let's delve into this vibrant Red Sea paradise's secrets and discover everything you need to know for an unforgettable adventure!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 15th, 2024

An Unforgettable Journey to the Lady of Lebanon


Have you ever dreamed of visiting the heart of Lebanon? Imagine yourself standing in the breathtaking Harissa, gazing up at the iconic statue of Our Lady of Lebanon. This journey goes beyond the stunning architecture—it's a chance to connect with the deep devotion that fills the air. With every step you take, you'll feel a stronger connection to the rich culture and spiritual essence that the Lady of Lebanon embodies.

This isn't just a beautiful building; it's a beacon of hope. The shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon is a stronghold of the Maronite Catholic Church and a revered national treasure that inspires incredible dedication among the Lebanese people.

Let's delve into the history and significance of the shrine to understand the profound faith it represents.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 15th, 2024

Discover the Hidden Gem of the Middle East: Diving into Jezzine Lebanon and Beyond


Nestled amidst Lebanon's breathtaking mountains lies Jezzine, a town where cascading waterfalls, sprawling pine forests, and serene landscapes paint a picture of pure enchantment.

Jezzine boasts the country's largest waterfall, a majestic 40-meter cascade that tumbles into a refreshing pool below. Beyond this cascading wonder, Lebanon's largest forest, the Bkassine Forest, stretches out like a verdant carpet, promising adventure for nature enthusiasts.

But Jezzine is more than just scenery. History whispers from Ottoman-era architecture, and local culture thrives. Get ready to delve into the heart of Jezzine and discover its hidden treasures, from traditional crafts to mouthwatering cuisine.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 15th, 2024

Discover Sidon: Your Ultimate Travel Guide to Saida, Lebanon


Sidon, also known as Saida, is a mesmerizing coastal city that glitters like a jewel on the waves of the Mediterranean. Lebanon's third-largest city, Sidon, boasts a rich history stretching over 6,000 years. This former Phoenician metropolis offers a captivating blend of culture, historical significance, and stunning scenic beauty.

Located south of Beirut, this ancient Phoenician city prospered due to its proximity to the sea. Sidon became a centre for glass manufacturing and the famed production of purple dye. Its strategic location further enhanced its importance as a key Mediterranean terminus for the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, which linked major cities and towns across Lebanon.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 15th, 2024

Journey to the Crown Jewel: Jebel Marra and the Marrah Mountains


Jebel Marra, a dormant volcano, is the highest point in Sudan, reaching a staggering 3,042 meters above sea level. Located in the heart of Darfur, this massif stretches roughly 160 km in radius, presenting a dramatic display of nature's power.

The surrounding Marrah Mountains, known for their diverse volcanic peaks, create a unique geological landscape. These rugged mountains dominate the region and play a crucial role in its geology.

The fertile volcanic soils support a variety of vegetation, while seasonal streams, fed by melting winter snows, carve through the sandstone valleys, adding to the region's distinctive character.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 13th, 2024

Explore Baatara Gorge Waterfall: Lebanon's Must-Know Formation Secrets


The Baatara Gorge Waterfall, known locally as the 'Cave of the Three Natural Bridges', is one of Lebanon's most awe-inspiring natural wonders. Its unique formation will pique the curiosity of casual sightseers and seasoned geologists.

The formation of the Baatara Gorge Waterfall is a remarkable testament to the power of nature and the relentless march of time. As the roar of the waterfall fills your ears and the sight of the cascading water mesmerizes you, remember that this spectacle results from millions of years of erosion.

This exquisite waterfall drops a staggering 255 feet into the gaping maw of a limestone cavern in three successive leaps, forming the triple sinkhole. The cavern, endearingly known as the Balaa, has been molded over the years by the relentless work of winter meltwater. Built up stratum by stratum, the cavern is an impressive testament to nature's ability to construct and deconstruct.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 15th, 2024

Guide to Beirut - Pigeon Rocks: A Must-See Attraction


Pigeon Rocks, also known as the Rock of Raouche, are one of Lebanon's most distinctive rock formations. They serve as a natural offshore museum offering a historical journey that dates back hundreds of years. These limestone formations were not originally separate but eroded over time by weather and seawater, developing into the unique appearance today known as Pigeon Rocks in Raouche.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 11th, 2024

Top 10 Best Things to Do in Egypt: Your Ultimate Travel Guide


Egypt, the land of the Pharaohs, is steeped in ancient history and awe-inspiring beauty. A land where the tranquil River Nile and stunning desert scenery form a backdrop to mystical pyramids, majestic temples, and vibrant souks. This magical place is where antiquity and modernity collide, making it an irresistible destination for any traveler. Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Alexandria are cities that stand testament to this rich tapestry of time.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 9th, 2024

Top Attractions: The Best Things To Do in Jordan - A Travel Guide


Welcome to Jordan, a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrast right in the heart of the Middle East. Filled with awe-inspiring attractions and rich history, Jordan gives a peek into the ancient world's architectural magnificence and cultural depth.

Jordan has something in store whether you're an adventure seeker or a history buff. It's about time you discover Jordan, its enchanting places, and welcoming inhabitants.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 9th, 2024

Discover Soho Square: Your Ultimate Entertainment Hub in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt


Soho Square is an all-inclusive and lively destination known for its emanating luxury and premier entertainment centre, offering many attractions to indulge in.

Whether day or night, Soho Square never loses its charm, offering a vibrant market, a couple of stylish lounges, an array of restaurants, and many bars to cater to every visitor's needs and tastes.

The square is a perfect place for luxury-seeking guests and those looking to shop without the usual market hassle. You can choose from many retail shops and find the perfect souvenir to remember your exceptional holiday.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 6th, 2024

Unearth a Throne of Fire: Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring the Red Pyramid in Egypt


The Red Pyramid, often called the North Pyramid, is one of the many ingenious feats that Egyptologists attribute to the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh - Sneferu. Designed as a smooth-sided or true pyramid, this structure has a unique historical significance in the chronicles of Egyptian architecture.

Located north of the Bent Pyramid, the Red Pyramid stands as a testament to the evolution of pyramid construction from the step-sided design to the smooth-sided ones. The transition from the Bent Pyramid to the Red Pyramid signifies Pharoah Sneferu's experimental attempts to build a true pyramid. The Red Pyramid is the first successful attempt at creating a perfect pyramid, marking the advent of the age of the true pyramids in Egypt's Old Kingdom.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 3rd, 2024

Explore the Renovated Beit Beirut Museum in Lebanon 2024 - A Landmark Experience!


Welcome to Beit Beirut, the city's hidden gem with a rich past waiting to be explored. Often referred to as the Barakat Building, Beit Beirut stands as a testament to Lebanon's turbulent history and the resilience of its people. It's more than just a museum; it's a cultural hub, an architectural marvel, and a poignant symbol of the city's troubled past and promising future. Nestle with us as we unravel the treasures that await in Beit Beirut.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 3rd, 2024

Explore the Sacred Cedars of God: A Journey in Lebanon's Arz Forest


Among the various species of cedar trees worldwide, the majestic Cedrus Libani, a.k.a Cedar of Lebanon, takes centre stage in our discussion. A symbol of Lebanon, this remarkable tree paints a vivid picture of Lebanon's natural and historical landscape.

The Cedar of Lebanon, "Cedrus Libani", has been mentioned 103 times in the Bible, further elevating its significance. The wood of this tree species was used to build ships and create 'the first hieroglyph-bearing rolls, contributing to Lebanon's fame as the first sea trading nation. Moreover, ancient Egyptians famously used cedar resin in mummification, alluding to the cedar's extensive historical background.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 3rd, 2024

Experience the Wild Essence: A Journey through Boma and Badingilo National Parks


Stretch your eyes across the vast expanses of one of Africa's largest national parks, Boma. This park is larger than the many times more famous Kruger and Ruaha parks but equally, if not more, captivating. This park serves as the stage for the largest mammal migration on Earth. Millions of animals migrate every dry season, transforming the landscape into a sea of moving creatures, chiefly the White-Eared Kob and antelope. This spectacle, comparable only to the renowned Serengeti migration, promises to amaze you.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 19th, 2024

Experience the Hidden Gems of Tripoli, Lebanon: A Travel Guide


Have you ever considered visiting the Middle Eastern jewel, Tripoli, Lebanon? With its rich history, enchanting culture, and unique architectural charm that echo under the Eastern Mediterranean sun, Tripoli, known as Lebanon's second-largest city, invites every ardent traveller to explore its wonders. As one of Lebanon's must-visit travel destinations, Tripoli has something to offer everyone.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 12th, 2024

Explore Dinder National Park: A Breathtaking Ecosystem Near Khartoum, Sudan


The Dinder National Park is a jewel in Sudan's crown. Established in 1935 following the London convention of 1933, it serves as a key ecological site. This park, spread over an area that covers about 7,000 square kilometres, is not only one of the largest parks in Africa but is also considered a significant national park for Sudan. National Geographic bestows it with the honour of being a protected Biosphere Reserve, underlining its importance and need for conservation.

The Park hosts three distinct ecosystems - wetland, savannah, and woodland. The wetland ecosystem is largely formed by the meanders and oxbows of the Dinder and Rahad rivers that navigate through it. These rivers and their tributaries serve as a water source, especially during the most severe part of the dry season. Savannah expresses the Park's semi-arid nature, while the woodland ecosystem provides shelter for many large mammal species.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 12th, 2024

Captivating Glimpse into the Serene Beauty of Kerma, Sudan


As the sun paints the ancient city of Kerma in golden light, prepare to embark on a journey through Sudan's captivating past. Kerma is a treasure trove of historical wonders, boasting a 4,500-year heritage that whispers tales of the mighty Kingdom of Kerma. Crumbling tombs and exquisite artefacts narrate the story of a resilient culture shaped by time, while the majestic Nile, a silent witness to its rise and fall, cradles the remnants of empires long forgotten.

But Kerma is more than just whispers of the past. Vibrant markets thrum with life, the Nile's turquoise waters dance with bird song, and the vast desert whispers stories of a people who continue to thrive. Join us as we uncover the secrets of ancient tombs, marvel at architectural feats, and soak in the warmth of a culture that refuses to fade into the sands of time. Buckle up and prepare to lose yourself in the magic of Kerma, a captivating crossroads of past and present.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 9th, 2024

Enchanting Suakin Island: Sudan's Forgotten Jewel


Located just off the coast of Sudan lies a hidden gem steeped in history and adorned by the captivating allure of the Red Sea - Suakin Island. Previously the centrepiece of the Red Sea coast's rich heritage, Suakin, or Sawakin, as it's known locally, is a must-see destination on your Sudanese itinerary. Get ready to dip your toes into the crystal clear waters and unravel the island's captivating history.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 19th, 2024

Discovering Zaitunay Bay: Beirut Marina's Waterfront Jewel


Get ready to kick off your Beirut adventure as we embark on a captivating journey through Zaitunay Bay, the city's iconic waterfront jewel. Nestled in the heart of this vibrant city, Zaitunay Bay presents stunning landscapes that overlook the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. With an array of restaurants and cafés teaming with local Lebanese food, a plethora of shops, and a bustling marina life, it's not just a destination; it's an experience.

Whether you're captivated by sleek yachts or yearn for a leisurely boat ride, Zaitunay Bay, Beirut's renowned marina, has something for everyone. Relax in the luxurious setting of the yacht club and soak in the enchanting atmosphere as the marina comes alive under Lebanon's magical sunset.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 18th, 2024

Discover Whale Fossils at Wadi Al-Hitan: A World Heritage Site Tour


Think about a treasure unlike any other. Wadi Al-Hitan, more commonly known as Whale Valley, nestled 150 km from Cairo, presents an unearthed glimpse into the incredible journey of our Earth's natural history. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the grand staging of a unique, captivating spectacle - the fossils of life millions of years ago!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 13th, 2024

Explore the QV66: Inside the Worthwhile Tomb of Nefertari


Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the ancient mystery and allure of Egypt. Nothing in the world can compare to the ethereal beauty and rich history of Luxor's Valley of the Queens, especially when you explore the remarkable QV66 - the Tomb of Queen Nefertari. Often considered one of the best-preserved royal tombs, Nefertari's final resting place is a feast for the eyes and a journey through time that you won't forget.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 8th, 2024

Explore Aswan: Uncover Nubia's Treasures at Elephantine Island


The captivating Elephantine Island lies amidst the serene waters of the Nile near Aswan. This historic Island, boasting ancient ruins, sacred temples, and remarkable monuments, whispers tales of Egypt's glorious past. Elephantine's archaeological treasures offer a glimpse into millennia of civilization, from a trading center to a religious hub.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 8th, 2024

Ultimate Guide to Marsa Matruh: Hotels, History, and Hidden Gems!


Marsa Matruh, or Matruh for short, is a city in the Matrouh Governorate of Egypt's western coast. Located west of Alexandria and the Nile Delta, this ancient city faces the enchanting Mediterranean Sea. The region is steeped in history, whose mention dates back to Ptolemaic times and beyond. During the Second World War, the city held strategic importance and is historically significant for the Battle of Mersa Matruh, involving the Afrika Korps, commanded by the famed 'Desert Fox' General Erwin Rommel. This city uniquely blends historical importance, tranquil beauty, and distinctive architecture.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 2nd, 2024

Explore Tanis: Ancient Egyptian City Revived by Indiana Jones!


As a captivating archaeological site in the eastern Nile Delta, Tanis whispers tales of a bygone era. Once a vibrant city and prominent centre as early as the 19th Dynasty, it rose to its peak importance as a capital during the 21st and 22nd dynasties. Today, Tanis beckons curious travellers and history enthusiasts with its remnants of a glorious past.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 2nd, 2024

Exploring Jeita Grotto, A Mesmerizing New7Wonders of Nature Finalist in Lebanon


The Jeita Grotto, nestled in the heart of Lebanon north of Beirut, captivates visitors with its mesmerizing formations and profound beauty. This karstic limestone cave offers a glimpse into the wonders of nature, showcasing magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. While the accessible walkway spans approximately 2 kilometres, the cave system is estimated to be 9 kilometres long, hinting at the vastness of its hidden chambers.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 17th, 2023

Exploring Batroun, Lebanon: A Comprehensive Travel Guide 


Have you ever dreamt of exploring one of the oldest cities in the world - Batroun, Lebanon? Take a trip off the beaten path to journey into the heart of Batroun, one of Lebanon's best-kept secrets. Situated north of Beirut, this coastal city in Northern Lebanon has much to offer with its vibrant beach resorts, sumptuous Lebanese cuisine, and rich winemaking traditions.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 17th, 2023

The Splendid Journey to Al Siq Canyon: An Unforgettable Petra Adventure


Submerge yourself into a visual, educational, and adventurous odyssey as you traverse the enigmatic path to the Al Siq Canyon. This narrow, winding canyon is the main entrance to the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, which holds historical significance.

Fondly known as the 'Rose City' for its vibrant sandstone cliffs, Petra's most outstanding feature, the Treasury (Al-Khazneh), is adorned with an oversized pedestal or base on top, showing that the city was carved, not built. The Al Siq gorge, sculptured by tectonic forces, adds charm and intrigues every traveller who walks through its 1.2 km-long curvaceous paths.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 17th, 2023

Embrace the Holy Land: A Sweeping Journey to the Baptism Site by the Jordan River


Are you considering embarking on an unparalleled spiritual adventure? Indulge in a sweeping journey to the gleaming reservoir of faith - the Baptism Site by the Jordan River. Brimming with spiritual connotations and esteemed archaeological relevance, a visit to the place where Jesus was baptized is a pilgrimage every believer must undertake. This article explores every facet of this mystical location and what makes it a popular hotpot among global travelers.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 15th, 2023

A Step Back in Time: Unraveling the Wonders of Ancient Roman Theater and Architecture 


An awe-inspiring structure with room for many spectators, this ancient Roman theatre paints a vivid picture of how public performances and theatrical spectacles unfolded. We're talking comedies and tragedies penned by Roman playwrights such as Livius Andronicus and Seneca or even pantomime shows to thrill audiences.

This site once buzzed with excitement; spectators sitting in the distinctive cavea (tiered seating area), performers ready to act out dramatic tragedies and comedies on the scaenae frons - the elaborate, occasionally three-stories high, wall of the stage, all echoing the vibrant culture of the Ancient Rome.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 12th, 2023

Explore the Charms of Eastern Sudan: A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Kassala & Taka Mountains


Prepare for a magical journey as you traverse the entertaining and charming corner of Eastern Sudan known as Kassala State. With its vibrant local culture, fascinating history, distinct Sudanese architecture, and the majestic Gash River flowing gracefully through the veins of Kassala town, it's no wonder that Kassala catches the fancy of many travel aficionados.

Located in Eastern Sudan, bordering Eritrea and Ethiopia, Kassala is a bustling market town that can provide memorable scenes and experiences reminiscent of Khartoum, the capital, making it an absolute must-visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 12th, 2023

Uncover the Hidden Gem: A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Tuti Island, Khartoum


Imagine a haven between the radiant Blue Nile and the tranquil White Nile. That's Tuti Island, a captivating snapshot of pristine landscapes and mesmerizing beauty tucked away in Sudan's capital city, Khartoum.

For globetrotters who've dared to veer off the mainstream trail, exploring Tuti Island is not just an excursion; it's a leap into the well-kept secrets of Khartoum's rich heritage and riveting culture. 

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 12th, 2023

Plan Your 2024 Makadi Bay Holiday: Ultimate Red Sea Experience


Nestled in the heart of Egypt's Red Sea Riviera, Makadi Bay is a gem waiting to be discovered. This picturesque bay on the Red Sea is a trove of pristine sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and a colourful array of marine life.

Makadi Bay's value to Egypt cannot be overstated, as it contributes to the region's tourism and offers a unique, tranquil retreat. The bay is a crown jewel of the Red Sea. It is just a short drive from the bustling city of Hurghada and Hurghada International Airport, making it an easily accessible paradise.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 22nd, 2023

Discover Haifa: Your Ultimate Guide to Bahai Gardens & Akko


Are you seeking a unique travel experience, something that combines history, beauty, and spirituality? Well, look no further than Haifa, a city that resonates with enchanting whispers of the past and breathtaking views.

One of the must-visit places in Haifa is undoubtedly the Bahai Gardens. Overlooking Haifa Bay, these carefully curated gardens are not just an emblem of the city but a world heritage site that draws millions towards its majesty.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 22nd, 2023

Discovering the Jewels of Jerusalem: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting the Western Wall


The Western Wall, known as the Wailing Wall, is a testament to Jerusalem's rich and textured history. This iconic structure, part of the ancient retaining wall surrounding the Temple Mount, is where the echoes and spirits of an age-old civilization can be felt. Locals call it the 'Kotel,' symbolizing a people desperately protecting their identity and battling against time's relentless march.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 22nd, 2023

Discover Israel Museum: A Guided Tour for American Tourists in Jerusalem


Situated in the heart of Jerusalem, a city that intertwines centuries of historical dominance with modern spirit, stands the significant Israel Museum.

As the nation's leading cultural institution, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem is among the world's leading art and archaeology museums. Its exceptional collection spans over 5,000 years and boasts an impressive array of artefacts from around the globe.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 15th, 2023

A Sacred Journey Through History: Visiting Yad Vashem World Holocaust Memorial Museum 


Every year, nearly one million worldwide visitors visit Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel - the cradle of numerous historic events and diverse cultures. Few places can capture humankind's spirit of survival, resistance, and rebirth as the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Memorial does. This sacred journey through history peels layers of collective memory, reminding us of the importance of our shared heritage and our obligation to preserve it.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 15th, 2023

Exploring the Sacred Place: A Guide to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem


Steeped in religious history and natural beauty, Jerusalem is a city that embodies the confluence of cultures, religions, and civilizations. As the backdrop to the Holy Week, a pivotal event in Christianity, Jerusalem is home to several significant landmarks, chief among them is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This sacred site, located within the walled Old City of Jerusalem, is a must-see stop for any pilgrim or history enthusiast journeying through the Holy Land. This guide aims to provide an in-depth look into this revered place, helping you plan your vacation in Jerusalem effectively.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 11th, 2023

Best Tourist Attractions: Best Places to Visit in Israel


Israel is an amazing country with so many places to visit. From the historical sites to the modern cities, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous hike, Israel has it all. Here are some of the top places to visit in Israel.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 11th, 2023

Exploring Wadi Halfa: An Unforgettable Journey through Sudan


Wadi Halfa is a small town in northern Sudan on the banks of Lake Nubia. It is a remote and isolated place with a fascinating history and culture. The ancient Egyptians first settled in the town and built a temple to the god Horus there. Later, it became an important trading post for merchants travelling between Egypt and Nubia. In modern times, Wadi Halfa has become an important border crossing between Sudan and Egypt.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 23rd, 2023

The Dendera Temple Complex: A Must-See for Egypt Travellers


The Dendera Temple Complex is an ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to the goddess Hathor. Located in Dendera, this Temple is a must-see for travellers interested in Egyptian history and architecture. With its well-preserved reliefs and stunning artwork, the Dendera Temple Complex offers a unique insight into ancient Egyptian culture.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 21st, 2023

Embarking on the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail: An Ultimate Canyoning Experience


If you're looking for an exhilarating hiking experience in Jordan, the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail is a must-visit destination. Nestled between the Dead Sea and the Mujib Nature Reserve, this trail offers a unique opportunity to explore the area's stunning natural beauty.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 15th, 2023

Epic Things to Do in Lebanon 2023: Best Attractions and Places to Visit 


If you're looking for a destination filled with rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes, look no further than Lebanon! The year 2023 promises to be an exciting time to visit this beautiful country, with many epic things to do and see. From ancient ruins to pristine beaches, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Lebanon.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 12th, 2023

Jaz Fanara Resort Sharm El Sheikh 2024


Located in the heart of Sharm El Sheikh, Jaz Fanara Resort is a paradise for vacationers seeking a memorable experience. Surrounded by stunning landscapes and overlooking the Red Sea, this luxurious resort offers a range of amenities and activities that will make your stay unforgettable.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 12th, 2023

Discover the Top Free Beaches in Lebanon for Your 2023 Vacation!


So, you're planning a beach vacation for 2023 and looking for the perfect destination? Look no further than Lebanon! With its stunning coastline, crystal-clear waters, and picturesque beaches, Lebanon offers a delightful beach getaway that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. In this article, we'll explore why Lebanon should be at the top of your list and provide some tips to help you plan your vacation.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 11th, 2023

Aqaba: The Perfect Destination for the best Diving and Snorkelling at the Red Sea


Explore the wonders of Aqaba, a hidden gem in the Red Sea, offering an unparalleled diving and snorkelling adventure for water enthusiasts and marine life admirers. Home to crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and abundant exotic marine species, Aqaba is a must-visit destination for divers and snorkelers of all levels.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie September 28th, 2023

Discover Deir el-Medina: A Hidden Gem on the West Bank in Luxor


Deir el-Medina, also known as Set-Maat, "The Place of Truth", located on the west bank of the Nile River close to the modern-day city of Luxor (ancient Thebes), was a village of ancient Egypt that served as home to the craftsmen and workman who worked on the tombs in the nearby Valley of the Kings. Established during the 18th Dynasty of the New Kingdom, this community was isolated and accessible only through narrow paths to protect the secrets of the tombs.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie September 28th, 2023

A Naama Bay Holiday in Sharm el Sheikh: The Ultimate Guide for 2023


Imagine yourself strolling along the promenade, with the warm sun kissing your skin and a gentle breeze softly caressing your face. The sound of laughter and music fills the air as you make your way through the bustling streets, lined with a plethora of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. From high-end boutiques to traditional market stalls, you can find everything your heart desires in Naama Bay.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie September 25th, 2023

Kalabsha Temple: A Nubian Treasure near Aswan


Welcome to the Temple of Kalabsha, Egypt's largest free-standing Temple, a true Nubian treasure! Located 50 km South of Aswan, this ancient Temple is a must-visit for history enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Built during the Roman era, The Temple is dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus and showcases stunning architectural details that have stood the test of time.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie September 22nd, 2023

Wadi Musa: 2023 Guide to Petra & Places to Visit in Jordan


Welcome to Wadi Musa and Petra! If you plan a trip to Jordan in 2023, you're in for an unforgettable experience. Wadi Musa is the gateway to the ancient city of Petra, one of the world's most remarkable archaeological sites. In this guide, we'll take you through everything you need to know about visiting Petra and exploring the beautiful country of Jordan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie September 22nd, 2023

Explore Zahle (Zahlé): Uncover the Charm of Bekaa Valley in Lebanon


Zahlé, often called "the bride of the Bekaa," is the third-largest city in Lebanon and a thriving hub of culture and heritage. Nestled between mountains and vineyards, it boasts a picturesque setting that inspires you.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie August 12th, 2023

A Guide to the Best Clubs and Bars in Beirut, Lebanon


Experience the electrifying Beirut nightlife! Uncover Lebanon's finest clubs and nightclubs that redefine breathtaking nocturnal adventures. Dive into the thrills!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie August 2nd, 2023

Things to do in Amman: Explore the City of Wonders


Amman invites you on a journey through Time, as the city's storied past is elegantly revealed in its architecture—the Roman Amphitheater, the Citadel, and the fascinating ruins of Jerash await your exploration. This modern city's thriving arts scene is a testament to its creative spirit, housing a plethora of contemporary galleries, street art, and cultural centres.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 31st, 2023

Petra by Night: A Magical Evening in the Red City


Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is a must-see for any traveller to Jordan. But did you know that Petra is even more magical at Night? Petra by Night is a special event every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening. During this two-hour experience, a local expert will guide you through the ancient city, sharing stories about its history and culture. You'll also enjoy traditional Jordanian music, dance, and a delicious Bedouin dinner.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 31st, 2023

Temples of Baalbek: A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon


Explore the beautiful Temples of Baalbek, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lebanon, showcasing this ancient wonder's awe-inspiring beauty and rich history.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 29th, 2023

The best festivals in Jordan: A cultural events Guide


In Jordan, festivals play a significant role in celebrating the country's vibrant culture and traditions. These festivals bring together locals and tourists alike, providing a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich heritage of Jordan. From music and dance performances to culinary delights and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 29th, 2023

Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza: The Must-Visit Museum of 2023


Located just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau, it is an upcoming cultural landmark set to become one of the most significant museums in the world. With its grand opening scheduled for 2023, the museum promises to offer visitors an unforgettable experience. In this section, we will explore the significance of the Grand Egyptian Museum and why it should be at the top of your must-visit list for 2023.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 27th, 2023

Swimming in the Dead Sea: A Guide to Enjoying the Experience


Swimming in the Dead Sea is a unique and bucket list-worthy experience that should be on every traveller's radar. Located in the Middle East, between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is a natural wonder offering a unique swimming experience.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 27th, 2023

Dana Biosphere Reserve: A Jordan Nature Reserve


Nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers prepare to embark on a remarkable journey through the enchanting landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Located in Dana Village, Jordan, this ecological haven boasts breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife, and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. Whether you are a hiker, a birdwatcher, or simply someone searching for tranquillity, this ultimate guide will provide you with everything you need to know for an unforgettable visit to the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

So pack your bags, lace up your boots, and immerse yourself in this ecological paradise's wonders.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 14th, 2023

Affordable Luxury: Cairo-to-Aswan Train Journey Explored


In this blog post, we will explore the features and benefits of this unique mode of transportation, giving you all the information you need to plan your next adventure in Egypt. Buckle up and prepare to embark on a memorable journey from Cairo to Aswan aboard the luxurious sleeper train.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 11th, 2023

St. Catherine: Unraveling the Tale Behind Her Fame & Worship


Known as one of the most famous saints of the early Church, it holds a fascinating history and legend. Her story is filled with bravery, intellect, and devotion, making her a beloved figure in the Christian tradition. From her supposed noble birth to her martyrdom under the Roman emperor Maxentius, Catherine's tale has captivated believers for centuries.

In this blog post, we will delve into Saint Catherine of Alexandria's history, legend, and shrine, exploring her impact on the religious landscape and the devotion she inspires in followers worldwide.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 11th, 2023

The Lighthouse of Alexandria: A Beacon of History


Have you ever imagined standing atop the tallest lighthouse in the world, feeling the salty sea breeze on your face while admiring the ancient city of Alexandria below you?

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria, was one of the most magnificent marvels of ancient architecture and engineering. It was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and was a beacon of hope for generations of sailors.

Join me on a fascinating journey exploring this legendary lighthouse's history, construction, and legacy. Let's unravel the mystery behind its revered status and appreciate the ingenuity of the ancient world.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 11th, 2023

The Library of Alexandria: A Lost Treasure


The loss of the Great Library of Alexandria is a tragedy that has baffled historians for centuries. The sheer magnitude of the knowledge and wisdom lost in the flames is incalculable, and it continues to elicit a strong emotional response from those who hear its tale.

The story of the Library's destruction is murky, shrouded in mystery and conflicting narratives. Did it happen the way it's been told? Who was responsible for its burning? And perhaps most compellingly, what would the world look like today if it had never been destroyed? These are just a few questions that make the story of the Burning of the Library of Alexandria still haunt us today.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 10th, 2023

Dakhla Oasis: A Desert Oasis with History and Beauty


Dakhla Oasis is one of the seven oases in Egypt's Western Desert, and it's a hidden gem that's well worth exploring. Located about 350 kilometres from the Nile Valley, Dakhla Oasis is home to a variety of ancient Egyptian ruins, including the temples of Mut and Qasr el-Ghueita. The oasis is also known for its beautiful scenery, including palm groves, sand dunes, and salt lakes.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 10th, 2023

The Sea of Galilee: Where History and Nature Meet


This lake in northern Israel has various names, including Lake Tiberias, Lake Kinneret, and the Sea of Gennesaret. It is the title of the lowest freshwater lake globally and the second-lowest lake overall. 

The Jordan Rift Valley is where the Sea of Galilee can be found, a significant fault line in the Earth's crust. The Jordan River feeds the lake from the north and flows into the Dead Sea in the south. This lake is a favoured tourist spot due to its picturesque views, historical importance, and warm climate. It is also a popular location for fishing, swimming, and boating activities.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie July 10th, 2023

Where is the Dead Sea and Why It's a Must-Visit?


The Dead Sea is a salt lake between Jordan and the West Bank in the Jordan Rift Valley. It is the lowest point on Earth, at 1,400 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea is also the saltiest body of water in the world, with a salinity of 34%. This high salinity makes it impossible for anything to live in the Dead Sea, hence its name.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 23rd, 2023

Aswan High Dam: A Nile Marvel That Transformed Egypt & Sudan


If you're a traveller with an interest in engineering marvels and historical landmarks, the Aswan High Dam in Aswan, Egypt, should be on your itinerary. This awe-inspiring edifice was erected in the 1960s with the primary aim to regulate the mighty Nile River.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 23rd, 2023

Journey to Bahariya Oasis: A Desert Adventure in Egypt


For a good reason, Bahariya Oasis is one of Egypt's most popular tourist destinations. This oasis in the Western Desert is home to various landscapes, from lush palm groves to otherworldly desert formations.

If you're looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience, Bahariya Oasis is the perfect place. Here, you can go on desert tours and white desert safaris and explore hidden gems you won't find anywhere else.

This blog post gives you the ultimate guide to Bahariya Oasis. We'll cover everything so that you can plan your perfect trip.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 23rd, 2023

Discover Siwa Oasis In Egypt: A Fortress To Be Discovered


Siwa Oasis is a remarkable place in the North African country of Egypt. It's situated in the Western Desert, nestled between the Great Sand Sea and the Qattara Depression. The oasis is believed to have been inhabited since the 10th millennium BCE, and is known for its unique customs, cultural practices, and natural beauty.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 23rd, 2023

Discover Tel Aviv: Top Attractions and Best Things to Do


Are you planning a trip to Tel Aviv and wondering what to do? Look only as far as a local's guide to the best things to do in Israel's cosmopolitan city. Tel Aviv is a must-visit destination for any traveller, with endless options for dining, nightlife, and cultural experiences. Discover the hidden gems that make this city special and unique. This article will share the top recommendations for things to do in Tel Aviv based on experience and insider knowledge. Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach day or an exhilarating night out, there's something for everyone in Tel Aviv. So grab a falafel, and let's dive in!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 23rd, 2023

Top Things to Do in Jerusalem: Discover the Best Experiences


When you think of Jerusalem, the first thing that comes to mind is probably its historical significance. After all, this ancient city is home to some of the world's most important religious sites, including the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. But there's much more to Jerusalem than just its rich history and spiritual importance.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 7th, 2023

Coptic Cairo a part of Old Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


The history of Egypt is diverse, and when we look at it, we see a great heritage of different civilizations. Christianity is one of the main religions that left a mark on the land of Egypt. This mark manifests mainly in the churches built around Egypt. 

Coptic Cairo hosts a large number of beautiful historic churches. Located within and around what was historically known as the Babylon fortress, Coptic Cairo was built around 525 BC. The compound contains many churches, a Jewish synagogue, and the Coptic museum. The area was settled in the 6th century by the Persians, who built the fortress. After the Romans took over Egypt, they fortified the stronghold to stand against invaders.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 7th, 2023

Ben Ezra Synagogue: A 9th-Century Jewish Gem in Coptic Cairo


Synagogue Ben Ezra is a synagogue located in Old Cairo, Egypt. It is the oldest synagogue in Egypt and is believed to have been built in 882 CE by the Jewish community of Fustat. The synagogue was named after Rabbi Ben Ezra, a prominent Jewish scholar who lived in Fustat during the 10th century.

The synagogue is an important site for Jews and Muslims, as it reminds them of the long history of coexistence between these two faiths in Egypt. It has been restored several times over the centuries, and today it stands as a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Egypt.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 7th, 2023

Al-Muizz Street: The Heart of Islamic Cairo


Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi Street is one of the most interesting streets in Old Cairo. It is a major north-to-south street that runs through the heart of the walled city. The street has various historical and cultural attractions, including mosques, madrasas, tombs, and palaces.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie June 7th, 2023

The Hanging Church: A Suspended Piece of History


The Hanging Church is one of the most iconic Christian tourist destinations in Cairo, Egypt, near the Coptic Museum. It is also known as the al-Muʿallaqa Church and is one of the oldest Coptic Orthodox churches in the world.

The church is built atop the southern gate of the Roman Babylon Fortress and was originally built in the 4th century AD. The Hanging Church gets its name from its unique location - the church seems to be 'hanging' from the fortress walls.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 8th, 2023

Bab Zuweila Gate & Mu'ayyad Mosque - A Tourist's Guide


The Bab Zuweila Gate and Mu'ayyad Mosque are iconic historical sites in the Old City of Cairo that people will love to visit. The beautiful Mamluk-style mosque is a must-see for any tourist visiting Cairo. The mosque is home to some of the most stunning Islamic art in the world. But that's not all that makes this site special—it's also one of the few remaining examples of early Mamluk architecture in Cairo. The Bab Zulweila Gate is one of three remaining medieval gates in Cairo. The other two are the Bab al-Futuh Gate and the Bab al-Nasr Gate.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie May 8th, 2023

The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza: A Tourist's Guide 


The Great Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Pyramid of Giza, is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only remaining largely intact.

The Great Pyramid was built for the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over 20 years. It was completed around 2560 BCE. The pyramid originally stood 481 feet (147 meters) tall, making it the tallest artificial structure in the world for over 4,000 years.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 19th, 2023

Khufu Ship: Solar Boat of Egyptian Pharaoh


The Khufu Ship is an ancient Egyptian vessel discovered in 1954 by a team of archaeologists led by Kamal el-Mallakh. This Ship was found buried in the sand near the Great Pyramid of Giza and is believed to have been built during the reign of Pharaoh Khufu (2589–2566 BC). It is one of the oldest and best-preserved vessels from antiquity and has been described as a "masterpiece of woodcraft".

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 19th, 2023

Menkaure's Pyramid: The Smallest of the Giza Trio


The Pyramid of Menkaure is located on the west bank of the Nile River in the Giza Necropolis, Egypt. It is the smallest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis and was built for Pharaoh Menkaure, who ruled from 2490 to 2472 BC. It is believed to have been constructed around 2530 BC and is estimated to have taken around ten years to build.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 15th, 2023

The Great Sphinx of Giza: A Monument of Pharaoh Khafre


The Great Sphinx of Giza is a huge limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and a human's head. It is located in the Giza Necropolis in Egypt and is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt and one of the most recognizable statues in the world. The statue dates back to the Old Kingdom and is believed to have been built by the ancient Egyptians during the reign of Khafre (2558-2532 BC), Pharaoh of Egypt.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 15th, 2023

Gayer-Anderson Museum, Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


The Gayer-Anderson Museum is an art museum located in Cairo, Egypt. This museum is next to the Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun and is named after Major R.G. Gayer-Anderson Pasha, who lived in the house between 1935 and 1942 with special permission from the Egyptian Government. This museum is a great example of 17th-century domestic architecture and has a wonderful collection of furniture, carpets, curios and other antiquities that will fascinate you! So come on down and explore all that this museum has to offer!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 4th, 2023

A Royal Gem in Cairo: Manial Palace and Museum


The Prince Mohamed Ali Palace, also known as the Al Manial Palace, is a historical palace located in the Al Manial district of Cairo, Egypt. The palace was built in the late 19th century by Prince Mohamed Ali Tewfik, the grandson of Khedive Ismail Pasha.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie April 4th, 2023

Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


Al Azhar mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Cairo, Egypt. The Mosque was built in the 10th century by the orders of the Fatimid Caliph Sultan al-Muizz li Din Allah, who commissioned its construction to mark the site of his new capital, Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 21st, 2023

Amr ibn Al-A'as Mosque in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


The Amr ibn al-As is a Famous Mosque built in the 7th century AD, making it the oldest mosque in Egypt and the whole of Africa. The mosque was founded by the Commander of the Muslim army, General Amr ibn al-As, who conquered Egypt for the Muslim Arabs in 641 AD. Its construction marked the foundation of a new city in Egypt called Fustat.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 21st, 2023

Pharaonic Village in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


Located just a stone's throw from the bustling metropolis of Cairo, the Museum of the Pharaonic Village offers visitors a rare opportunity to step back in time and experience Ancient Egyptian culture first hand. The brainchild of Dr. Hassan Ragab, one of Egypt's foremost archaeologists, the Museum is spread over 30 acres of land and includes several reconstructions of actual Pharaonic-era structures.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 11th, 2023

Abdeen Palace Museum, Cairo: A Tourist's Guide 


Abdeen Palace is an iconic historical landmark in Cairo, Egypt. It is a beautiful and grand palace that was built in the 19th century by Khedive Ismail. The architecture of the palace is a mix of Ottoman, Renaissance and Rococo styles. It has been used as a residence for the royal family of Egypt for many years and is one of the official residences for the president of Egypt. It is now open to the public as a museum.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 11th, 2023

The al-Rifa'i Mosque in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


Al-Rifa'i Mosque, also known as Royal Mosque, is a mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It is located in the Islamic Cairo district, next to the Mosque of Sultan Hassan and a 16-minute walk to the Ibn Tulun Mosque. It was built between 1869 and 1912. Having initially been commissioned by Khedive Ismail Pasha, it was finally completed by Khedive Abbas II, under the supervision of the Hungarian architect Max Herz. It is considered to be a fine example of Islamic architecture in Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 11th, 2023

The Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan in Cairo


The Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrasa located in Salah al-Din Square district Cairo, Egypt. It was built between 1356 and 1363, during the reign of the Mamluk Sultan Hasan ibn Al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 21st, 2023

Al-Hussein Mosque, Cairo - A Tourist's Guide


A place that all types of travellers can enjoy. The mosque is named after the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hussein ibn Ali, and is considered one of the holiest Islamic sites in Egypt. Non-Muslim tourist are welcome to visit the mosque. Located in Cairo, it is situated close to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, in the heart of Islamic Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie February 21st, 2023

Cairo Opera House: A Tourist's Guide


Cairo Opera House is the main performing arts venue in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. Home to the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, the Cairo Opera Company, and the Cairo Opera Ballet, it is also a popular venue for other cultural events such as ballets, operas, and concerts.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 20th, 2023

Tahrir Square in Cairo: The Heart of the Egyptian Revolution


Tahrir Square is a public space near the Nile River in downtown Cairo, Egypt. It was initially named Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, but was renamed Tahrir Square in the 1950s.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 20th, 2023

Gezira Island / Zamalek Island: A Tourist's Guide


Gezira Island, also known as Zamalek Island, is an island in the Nile River in the Giza district of central Cairo, Egypt. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The island is home to many of Cairo's most affluent residents and several important cultural and historical sites.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 20th, 2023

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


The Museum is located in the heart of Cairo's Tahrir Square. It is a one-of-a-kind structure designed to house the oldest Pharaonic art and monument collection, built on a 13,600-square-foot lot. It is a product of a competition launched by the Egyptian Government in 1895, with more than 100 exhibition halls. It is thus considered the Middle East's first national Museum.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 20th, 2023

The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut - A Tourist's Guide


The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most remarkable ancient monuments in Egypt, which surely you will love to visit. The temple was built to honour Queen Hatshepsut, one of the most successful pharaohs in Egyptian history. Today, the temple is a popular tourist destination, and it's easy to see why - its stunning architecture and beautiful setting make it an extraordinary place. Here are a few reasons why you will love visiting the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. 

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 20th, 2023

Jungle Aqua Park in Hurghada: A Tourist's Guide


Jungle Aqua Park is the largest water park in Hurghada and is a popular tourist destination for both Egyptians and foreigners. The Park is open all year round and offers a wide range of activities and facilities for all ages.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie January 19th, 2023

The Serapeum of Alexandria: The Great Temple of Serapis


The Serapeum was a popular destination for pilgrims and tourist from all over the world. It was known for its healing powers, and many people came to the temple to seek cures for their ailments. The temple was also known for its fertility rites, and many couples came to the temple to pray for children.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 16th, 2022

The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization: A Tourist Guide


The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is a world-renowned museum located in Fustat, Old Cairo, Egypt, not far from the bank of the River Nile. The Museum is home to some of the most famous and well-preserved artefacts from ancient Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day, including the Replica of the Rosetta Stone, a statue of Pharaoh Ramses II and the Royal mummy of Hatshepsut.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 16th, 2022

Ras Mohammed National Park: A Tourist's Guide


Many tourists love going to and returning to Ras Mohammed Nature Reserve because one of the most famous dive sites in Egypt. The Reserve is home to a stunning coral reef, one of the most popular tourist attractions. In addition to the coral reef, the Reserve also features mangrove forests, lagoons, seagrass beds, and various fish and bird species. 

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 15th, 2022

Saint Catherine's Monastery: A Tourist's Guide


Despite its out-of-the-way location, Saint Catherine's attracts tens of thousands of visitors yearly - and it's not hard to see why. The Monastery boasts an impressive collection of frescoes, making it a must-see for history and art lovers. It is home to some incredible relics, including manuscripts, and icons, that date back to the 4th century AD and the remains of early Christian martyrs Marius and Martha. But the most impressive sight inside the Monastery is the 6th-century Chapel of the Burning Bush, built on top of a rock where tradition says Moses saw the burning bush.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 8th, 2022

Mosque of Muhammad Ali in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


Tourists will love going to the Mosque of Muhammad Ali (also known as the Alabaster Mosque) because it is where tourists will feel like they've stepped into another time. The impressive size and beautiful decorations make it worth the Visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 7th, 2022

Baron Empain Palace: A Tourist's Guide


Many tourists are fond of visiting the Palace of baron empain because it is one of the most unique and exciting buildings in all of Egypt. It was built between 1907 and 1911 by Belgian businessman Edward Empain, and the Palace is a mix of Art Nouveau and Orientalist styles.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie December 7th, 2022

Giza Necropolis Complex: A Tourist's Guide


The Giza Necropolis (cemetery) is a complex of ancient Egyptian tombs and temples in Giza, Egypt. The site includes the Pyramid of Khufu "Great Pyramid of Giza", the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, the Great Sphinx, and numerous smaller pyramids and temples.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 28th, 2022

Cairo Tower: A Tourist's Guide


Cairo Tower is a 614-foot (187-meter) tall lattice tower in Cairo, Egypt. It was the tallest building in Egypt from 1961 to 1974 and is still the tallest observation tower in North Africa.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 28th, 2022

Luxor Temple: A Tourist's Guide


Luxor Temple is situated on the bank of the River Nile, in the Egyptian town of Luxor. Luxor is often referred to as "the world's greatest open-air museum" because it is home to many ancient Egyptian archaeological sites. Luxor's other popular tourist destinations include Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, and the Valley of the Queens.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie November 1st, 2022

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


The Al-Azhar Park is one of the foremost public parks in Egypt, found in Cairo City, and it is recorded as one of the world's sixty incredible open parks by the Public Spaces Venture. The Historic Cities Support Program made it with the help of The Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Once a rundown region in Cairo, it has undergone a miraculous change and is a popular tourist destination in Egypt.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 31st, 2022

Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo: A Tourist's Guide


Tourist love visiting the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo because of is home to an incredible collection of artefacts from all over the Muslim world. From intricate mosaics and beautifully-illustrated manuscripts to intricate metalwork and carved wood, there is something for everyone to admire.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 28th, 2022

The Temple of Philae: A Tourist's Guide


The Temple of Philae is a popular tourist destination located on an Island of the Nile River between the old Aswan Dam and the Aswan High Dam in Aswan. It was built in honour of the goddess Isis. The temple was used as a place of worship and as a place to perform rituals.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 25th, 2022

Citadel of Qaitbay: A Tourist's Guide


The Citadel of Qaitbay is a 15th-century fort located on Egypt's Mediterranean coast. The Mamluk Sultan Qaitbay built it to defend the city of Alexandria from the Crusaders.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 25th, 2022

The Montaza (Montazah) Palace: A Tourist's Guide


Montaza Palace is a palace and gardens located in Alexandria, Egypt. Built in 1892 by the order of Khedive Ismail, it was intended to be a pleasure palace for the Khedive and the royal family and was later used as a summer residence by King Farouk.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 20th, 2022

Temple of Horus at Edfu: A Tourist's Guide


Have you ever wanted to travel back in time and explore an ancient Egyptian temple? Then you should visit the Temple of Edfu! The Temple was built to honour the god Horus, who was the patron deity of Edfu. Horus was often depicted as a falcon or a man with a falcon head. He was the god of the sky, war, and of hunting.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 20th, 2022

Wadi el Rayan: A Tourist's Guide


Wadi el Rayan is a tourist destination in Egypt that is becoming increasingly popular with adventurous tourists. This popularity is because Wadi el Rayan offers a unique and exciting experience, unlike any other tourist destination in Egypt.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 19th, 2022

Temple of Kom Ombo: A Tourist's Guide


One of Egypt's most distinctive and fascinating temples is the Temple of Kom Ombo. Because the temple was built to honour two gods, Sobek and Horus, rather than just one, making it the only twin temple in the nation, situated in a lovely setting on the banks of the Nile River.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 13th, 2022

Colossi of Memnon: A Tourist's Guide


People love visiting the Colossi of Memnon because they are fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture and beliefs. The Colossi are one of the most well-preserved examples of ancient Egyptian art and architecture. Known as an acoustic wonder of the ancient world, this attraction in Egypt is a must-visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie October 12th, 2022

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar: A Tourist's Guide


Khan el-Khalili is one of the most famous and interesting places in Cairo, Egypt. It is a large bazaar and market area over 600 years old. It is where you can find almost anything, from spices to souvenirs to clothing.

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Frans Brewis By: Frans Brewis September 22nd, 2022

Step Pyramid of Djoser: A Tourist's Guide


The Djoser's Pyramid, also known as The Step Pyramid of Djoser, is one of Egypt's most iconic and well-known structures. It is also one of the oldest, dating to around 2630 BCE. Djoser's Pyramid was built as a tomb for the Pharaoh Djoser and is one of the most important examples of early Egyptian architecture.

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Ralph Foulds By: Ralph Foulds September 1st, 2022

Abu Simbel Tour from Aswan


This monumental temple complex was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) in what was once known as ancient Nubia, as a demonstration of both his worldly and divine power. He was the most prolific pharaoh in terms of building works, and a highly accomplished military leader.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie August 10th, 2022

The Pyramids of Meroë: : A Tourist's Guide


The Pyramids of Meroë in Sudan are some of the most magnificent and awe-inspiring structures in the world. Built over 2,000 years ago, these massive pyramids tower over the desert, their imposing size and grandeur a testament to the power and wealth of the ancient kingdom of Kush.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Guide to Abu Simbel, Egypt


This monumental temple complex was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) in what was once known as ancient Nubia, as a demonstration of both his worldly and divine power. He was the most prolific pharaoh in terms of building works, and a highly accomplished military leader.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Ancient Tanis, Egypt


Throughout history, Tanis has been known by many names. The ancient Egyptians called it Djanet and the Old Testament refers to the city as Zoan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Aswan Dam, Egypt


The High Dam at Aswan is one of the most impressive feats of engineering design in the whole of the African continent. Construction on the High Dam began in 1960 with the view to it being a replacement for the already existent Low Dam which was built by the British from 1889-1902.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Dakhla Oasis, Egypt


Dakhla is located around 350km from the Nile Valley between the oases of Farafra and Kharga.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Cairo, Egypt


There is no city in the world like Cairo. It has been the largest city in Africa and the Middle East for 750 years and has been attractive to tourists throughout the ages.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Farafra Oasis, Egypt


Farafra is the smallest oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt with an estimated population of around 5,000, all living within its single village. It is located approximately midway between Dakhla and Bahariya.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Diving site in Dahab, Egypt


Dahab is only a few hours drive north of Sharm el Sheikh, but hidden in its nearby waters lie several world-class dive sites.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Laid-back Dahab, Egypt


Dahab (Gold in Arabic) is a small tourist town located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Dahab was once a small Bedouin fishing village, but the arrival of international hotel chains has meant that Dahab is now a thriving tourist resort.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Brief guide to Beirut, Lebanon


Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and has a population of approximately 2.1 million. The city has a history dating back more than 5000 years and has been under the rule of many empires.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt


The only remaining structure of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza, Cairo is the oldest structure in existence and it is so advanced, even using modern technology, it can’t be duplicated today.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Hurghada, Egypt – an overview


Hurghada has transformed in recent years from a small Red Sea fishing village into a vibrant tourist hot-spot. Sandwiched between shimmering blue seas and empty desert, its smart hotels, fabulous restaurants and golden sands make Hurghada a perfect place for some serious sun drenched R&R.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Brief guide to Amman, Jordan


Amman, the capital of Jordan, is one of the most ancient cities in the world, with archaeological finds dating as far back as the Neolithic Period, finds at Ain Ghazal in Eastern Amman date back to around 8,500BC.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Israel Travel Guide


Israel is one of the most historically important places in the world. It intersects countries, continents and religions, situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and home to three of the world’s greatest and most important religions.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Things to do in Jordan


Jordan is a fascinating country to visit. A hugely significant country in many religions and cultures, it has a rich history for you to explore and some wonderful places to visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Egypt Tourist Attractions


Guide to attractions you can see on an Egypt Uncovered tour of Egypt, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor and a felucca cruise along the Nile.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Luxor, Egypt


Luxor is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations and is one of the world’s greatest open air museums. The town is located on the banks of the river Nile, approximately 670 km south of Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Brief guide to Jerash, Jordan


Many tourists today, come to visit the city of Jerash to see the ancient ruins of the city of Gerasa, one of the Roman’s Decapolis cities.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Edfu Temple, Egypt


Edfu Temple is one of the stop-offs when doing a cruise down the Nile either on a cruise boat or a felucca. Most people are transferred from their boat by bus but it is possible to make the short journey on horses using a Hantoor carriage ride.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Komombo Temple, Egypt


The town of Kom Ombo is located 30 miles north (or downstream) from the city of Aswan. Most people visit the temple from either a cruise or a felucca boat.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 27th, 2017

Brief guide to Aqaba, Jordan


Aqaba is known as Jordan’s window to the sea, as it is the countries only seaport. Aqaba is a contrast to the rose coloured deserts to the North, and is home to pristine sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Bahariya Oasis, Egypt


Bahariya – the Northern Oasis is located around 300km from Cairo. The oasis consists of many villages; the largest of these is Bawiti.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

A visit to St Paul’s Monastery, Egypt


The Coptic monastery of St Paul lies in Egypt’s eastern desert far from any other ancient ruins. St Paul is said to have been born to rich parents, however by the age of 16 both of his parents had died.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Siwa Oasis, Egypt


Until very recently, Siwa was Egypt’s most inaccessible oasis despite it being one of the most interesting. Siwa’s rich history includes a visit from Alexander the Great in 331 BC; he came here to consult the Oracle of Amun.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Aswan, Egypt


Aswan is Egypt’s southernmost city, and the ancient frontier town lies in one of the most beautiful settings on the first cataract of the Nile. This is also where the desert meets the Nile, amidst sparkling blue waters and granite bedrock.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Dahab beach resort, Egypt


For those wanting something a little more off the beaten track there is Dahab – a place that makes you feel after a week like you’ve been away for a month.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Brief guide to Alexandria, Egypt


The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km from Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Mosaics of Madaba, Jordan


At first glace Madaba appears to be a typical East Bank town, but there is one major difference. Under almost every building, you will find a fine Byzantine mosaic.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Kerak, the crusader castle, Jordan


Heading south from Madaba on the King’s Highway, you will come across Kerak, the ancient capital of the biblical kingdom of Moab. Kerak is perched on top of a steep hill and is dominated by the largest and best-preserved crusader castle in the area.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Brief guide to Hurghada, Egypt


Hurghada was once little more than a small fishing village; it is now one of the Red Sea’s premier resorts. Hurghada stretches for more than 35km along the banks of the Red Sea.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Island Temple of Philae, Aswan, Egypt


The Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis in Upper Egypt is situated in one of the most idyllic settings in Egypt although this is more from necessity than by natural design.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Mount Nebo, Jordan


Located 12km west of Madaba, Mount Nebo stands at around 817m above sea level and is one of Jordan’s most revered holy sites. The site is believed to be the location of Moses’ death and burial place.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

A visit to St Anthony’s Monastery, Egypt


St Anthony’s Monastery stands at an oasis spring in the Red sea mountains around 100 miles from Cairo, it is the worlds oldest active monastery. It was founded around 356 AD just after the death of St Anthony, on his burial site.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 23rd, 2017

Guide to Wadi Ryan, Egypt


Not on many tourist trips, Wadi Rayan is best known locally for its swimming beaches and waterfalls, but is also close to Egypt’s first natural World Heritage Site, the ‘Valley of the Whales’, in Wadi El Hitan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 23rd, 2017

Brief guide to Petra, Jordan


Described as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of mans cultural heritage’ by UNESCO and designated as a world heritage site in 1985, Petra truly is an amazing site to see.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Deserts of Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southwest Jordan. It is the largest ‘Wadi’ in Jordan. There is only one road into Wadi Rum, which runs off of the Desert Highway, 42km north of Aqaba.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Israel – A Hidden Gem?


Israel has an incredible past and is shaping up to have an amazing future. It has much to offer travellers from all walks of life.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an ‘Am I Still on Planet Earth?’ sort of a desert, it’s Wadi Rum. Mention Jordan to 20-to-30-something adventurers, and many will tell you that the country begins and ends right here.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Jesus of Nazareth lived here


Known in the 4,000 year-old City of Jerusalem as ‘Haram Esh-Sharif’ and ‘Western Wall’, your guide will explain all this stonework – the remains of the original Fort Antonia.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Rose-red Petra, Jordan


Built in the 6th century BC as a capitol for the Nabataeans, Petra is your reward for a horse or camel-ride through the Siq, a narrow corridor of cliffs.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Showing off with stonework


Cairo is Africa’s city of 15 million – they don’t come with more residents on the entire continent. It is hot, hot-headed and frenetic with bustle, bazaars and traffic chaos.

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