Happy Hampi

They call it Happy Hampi and I could definitely see why. It was a laidback village amidst a bizarre landscape of giant boulders and ancient temples. It reminded me a lot of Petra in Jordan where you weren’t really restricted as to where you could go and you could scramble up boulders and hills to…

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Turkey’s ancient history

If you’re keen on ancient ruins most people think of Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Italy and Greece as the top destinations. However, you’d be really missing out on the numerous magnificent and well preserved ruins that dot the countryside in Turkey. It really amazed me to find so many archeological sites in the country. Scattered along…

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Searching for the Holy Grail

If you look at the ground I covered in Petra it certainly looks like I was searching for the Holy Grail but I’ll try not to mention Indiana Jones too much because the locals prefer not to associate Petra with that movie. In fact my hostel owner said if we put the movie on he’d…

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The Holy City

Jerusalem is a pretty magical place. It has by far the deepest, darkest and most impressive history of any city in the world. It has been placed under siege 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured/recaptured 44 times and destroyed at least twice, which kinda says enough! As an intersection of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism,…

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Travelling through the Time of the Pharaohs plus a bit of luxury… for a change

It wasn’t exactly the Hilton but it sure felt like it! I had a three night Nile cruise as part of a package I’d arranged from my hostel in Cairo. For the price I’d paid I expected maybe a felucca or a rundown old boat but I was in for a big surprise. I was…

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