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Pecs

HUNGARY | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | Views [368]

CHIMING CHURCH BELLS AWAKENED US YESTERDAY MORNING, a pleasant change from the electrified, amplified wailing muezzins that we had grown accustomed to.  And after a visit to the palace cum art museum we joined the crowd of locals and tourists for ... Read more >


ABC: Amman to Budapest via Cairo

HUNGARY | Sunday, 3 May 2015 | Views [186]

WE DIDN’T REALLY WANT TO GO TO CAIRO, but Egypt Air had by far the best prices from Amman to Budapest, even factoring in the visa fee and an overnight room.  But the airport Novotel wasn’t much of a hardship; decent room, good TV and ... Read more >


Photos: Hungary

HUNGARY | Saturday, 2 May 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Jerash: Better The Second Time Around

JORDAN | Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | Views [904]

WE HAVE BEEN RELUCTANT TO REVISIT OUR FAVORITE places but we returned to Jordan to see if Petra and Jerash were as good as we remembered.  Petra, like love, was every bit as wonderful the second time around.  And we are happy to report, so ... Read more >


Petra: Day Three — High Place of Sacrifice

JORDAN | Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | Views [474]

TODAY WE CLIMBED AGAIN, this time to the “High Place of Sacrifice.”  The climb wasn’t as arduous nor the destination as impressive.  Eventually you arrive at two monumental obelisks dedicated by unknown cults to forgotten ... Read more >


Petra: Day Two — The Monastery

JORDAN | Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | Views [262]

WE DIDN’T DAWDLE TODAY IN THE SIQ and quickly squeezed by a couple of tour groups.  We have walked here, where Indiana Jones rode in The Last Crusade, half a dozen times and are almost immune to the views.  Except for the first sighting ... Read more >


Petra: Day One — The Treasury and Beyond

JORDAN | Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | Views [270]

PETRA HASN’T CHANGED MUCH SINCE WE WERE HERE last — not much, in fact, since the Romans were here.  You still enter through the “Siq,” the 1200 meter-long slot canyon that leads to the iconic “Treasury” and your ... Read more >


Happy Anniversary: #4 and 21

JORDAN | Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | Views [247]

TODAY IS ANOTHER DOUBLE ANNIVERSARY — twenty-one years of marriage and the beginning of Year Five of our travel odyssey.  But we weren’t in a celebratory mood.  Our luggage, virtually all of our worldly possessions, is still in ... Read more >


Lost Luggage

JORDAN | Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | Views [280]

DON’T YOU HATE IT WHEN SOMEONE AHEAD OF YOU monopolizes one of the three check-in counters with a stupid problem?  Well, today that would have been us.  We found the perfect flight to Jordan, Gulf Air leaving Abu Dhabi at 7:45 AM and ... Read more >


Photos: Jordan

JORDAN | Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Abu Dhabi and the Grand Mosque

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | Views [303]

WE ARE OFFICIALLY “MOSQUED-OUT.”  A mouthful to say and a sight to behold, the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al Nayhan Grand Mosque was under construction when we last saw it in ‘06 and is the main reason we came back to Abu Dhabi —... Read more >


Dubai

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | Views [258]

EXCEPT FOR FREQUENT AIRLINE CONNECTIONS IN ABU DHABI, it has been nine years since we visited the Emirates.  And while we aren’t keen to revisit countries — there are just too many left to see — we were curious to see how Dubai ... Read more >


Photos: Dubai and Abu Dhabi

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES | Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | Photo Gallery


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The "Peaceful 'Stans"

TURKMENISTAN | Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | Views [239]

WE HAVE BEEN IN CENTRAL ASIA FOR SEVEN WEEKS and have visited five countries familiar to travelers on the Silk Route but very much off the modern tourist trail —   former Soviet republics whose names may reflect their ethnic populations but ... Read more >


World Heritage Sites of Gonur and Merv

TURKMENISTAN | Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | Views [187]

KSENIA’S ENTHUSIASM — AS A GUIDE, A WANNABE ARCHEOLOGIST and as a Turkmen —  is almost palpable.  At 25 she has been guiding for little more than a year and what she lacks in experience she more than made up for by her childlike ... Read more >


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