Reality doesn’t always exceed expectations, but Petra blew my mind. This day will always be emblazoned in my memory! The Nabataeans probably built Petra as the capital of their kingdom in the 4th century B.C. Petra is approached by walking through a slot canyon about a kilometer in length. The geology is fascinating, and I … More Petra: the Jewel of Jordan
It’s liberating to land in a country with no expectations. And the differences between Egypt and Jordan were immediately apparent. The airport in Jordan seems contemporary. The motorway is modern and packed with new cars that KEEP THEIR HEADLIGHTS ON! The roads are paved and not littered with garbage. Egypt￼ is flat. Jordan is hilly. … More Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Egypt any more.
This morning we rose at 4:00 a.m. to travel to southernmost Egypt bordering on Sudan. I watched the moon set–which was almost as gorgeous as the setting sun! Abu Simbel was built by Ramsses II, who enjoyed an unusually long reign from 1279 to 1213–66 years–and is thought to have been 90 when he died. … More Abu Simbel
I feel like I’m on the field trip of my life! I had a grand day discovering Egypt’s first attempts at pyramid building. When I arrived in Cairo at midnight, I discovered there was an impromptu tour with members of my group that arrived early. BUT we were starting at 8:00 am. I was desperately … More Egypt’s First Pyramids
My last day in Austria was spent at the Vienna Flea Market. The Naschmarkt is open from dawn to dusk every day, selling fruits and veggies, and food ranging from falafel to schnitzel. And lots of great bakeries of course. But on Saturday there’s also a Flea Market. So I spent pretty much my whole day there! … More To Market, To Market, to Buy a Fat Pig!
Every day I spent at Kurhotel Vellererhof I looked forward to arriving at my comfortable accommodations that evening. It is a four-star hotel known for their spa treatments. One of the guests I spoke with mentioned he and his wife spend ten days every year at the hotel–separately–to improve their physical and emotional health. I booked this … More Kurhotel Vellererhof
I travelled by train to Innsbruck today. I’m compiling a list of life lessons I’ve learned using the trains in Austria, to be published at a later date. Today’s experience was uneventful, thankfully. And I’ve yet to tire of bucolic countryside dotted with occasional castles. A Tirol gentleman whose wife is Croation provided conversation. He … More Colors of Innsbruck