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Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument was one of the most intriguing and interesting places that I had visited in the Southwest. This canyon in Northeastern Arizona is owned entirely by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation and is the only National Park Service unit to be cooperatively managed… Continue reading Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

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St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

South Sinai, Egypt- St. Catherine's Monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai in Egypt felt very far away from everything and everywhere, when I had traveled there in late 2019. I was already in Sharm el-Sheikh along the Red Sea when I took a day trip to this ancient monastery, which is also a UNESCO… Continue reading St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mount Sinai | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Exploring Old Islamic Cairo | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are many wonderous layers of Egypt to explore and one visit to this North African country was not enough, I know it was not for me. First, you have the Pyramdis of Giza and all the historic temples of ancient Egypt that run along the Nile River. Then you have another layer of Egyptian… Continue reading Exploring Old Islamic Cairo | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Mosque of Ibn Tulun | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is a must see for those who are visiting Egypt. It is considered the oldest mosque in Egypt as well as all of Africa, and it was built between AD 876 and 879, by Ahmed Ibn Tulun. Over the centuries it has miraculously survived and kept its original form. This… Continue reading The Mosque of Ibn Tulun | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt

If you are looking to cruise the Nile River in Egypt from Aswan to Luxor, I highly recommend the experience. Deciding on a boat cruise aboard a mid-size luxury liner is an extraordinary way to see the riverways of Egypt, as well as many of the important temples in Upper Egypt. After doing a little… Continue reading Cruising Up the Nile – From Aswan to Luxor, Egypt

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Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of Luxor's most impressive sites and was one of my favorites. I very much admired the symmetrical clean lines and straight columns, that seemed to be built right into the mountain wall.  The full structure was created to organically blend in with the surrounding mountainous landscape and it… Continue reading Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Exploring the Valley of the Kings along Luxor's West Bank should be another piece added to your travels into Egypt. The temples and the pyramids of ancient Egypt, always steal the show when visiting this country due to its popularity and the 'WOW' factor they bring. For those who are feeling a little Indiana Jones… Continue reading Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

The ancient city of Edfu, which sits along the West Bank of the Nile River is home to the grand and astounding Temple of Horus. It was constructed between 237 and 57 BC, during the Ptolemaic Kingdom and is one of the best preserved Egyptian shrines. The reliefs and inscriptions are from the Hellenistic period… Continue reading The Temple of Horus | EDFU, EGYPT

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The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt

The city of Kom Ombo which sits along the Nile River is primarily an agricultural town, but it also draws in many tourist who are river cruising. The Temple of Kom Ombo which is a short walking distance from the river, sits on top of a small hill and is the main attraction which draws… Continue reading The Temple of Kom Ombo & Crocodile Museum | Upper Egypt

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A Fond Farewell to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

I believe that I made it into Cairo's grand and distinguished Egyptian Museum of Antiquities just in time. I had ventured into this century old museum in the Fall of 2019, but after miraculously crossing the street from the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. If you have tried to cross that road, and did it in… Continue reading A Fond Farewell to Cairo’s Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

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The Magic of Mykonos | A True Dreamscape

Mykonos's pristine white buildings and the various shades of blue create a form of dreamscape for those who catch photo glimpses of this Grecian Island. Several friends have asked me if Mykonos really looked like the photos they have seen and I always gave it a HARD YES! ____________________ Old Town In Old Town Mykonos… Continue reading The Magic of Mykonos | A True Dreamscape

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The Mythical Island of Delos – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

As we were taking a ferry across the Grecian Sea, my daughter who was 18 at the time said "No wonder people wrote stories about crossing the sea in Greece". I remember when she said that because I thought to myself "She's right!". The both of us looking out at the deep blue sea, riding… Continue reading The Mythical Island of Delos – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Archaeological and UNESCO Sites of Athens, Greece

Tip: On your phone, download the app →Maps.me to navigate your way through any city.  It works offline, just download your maps prior when you have Wi-Fi! To list everything important to visit while in Athens would be a very long project. Plus what is "important" to one person, might not be of high priority… Continue reading Archaeological and UNESCO Sites of Athens, Greece

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Athens, Greece | Top Things to do & UNESCO World Heritage Sites

That statement was very true for me when it came to visiting Athens- It was better the second time around! It took me two visits within a five year span to Greece's capital to appreciate the beautiful chaos of this city.  The heart of Athens is not like laid back Mykonos or Santorini but a… Continue reading Athens, Greece | Top Things to do & UNESCO World Heritage Sites