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Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

Bodie, California- When I say the words "Ghost Town", what thoughts come into your mind? A piece of the American Old West that sits in decay, barren and dilapidated. A once thriving mining community with gun fights, bar brawls and brothels that now sits idle in the middle of nowhere, with an occasional tumble weed… Continue reading Bodie State Historic Park | America’s Best Ghost Town

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Canyonlands National Park | Exploring Utah

Canyonlands is an extraordinary national park in Utah that is located close to the town of Moab, and over two hours south of Arches National Park. There are numerous canyons, mesas and buttes that contribute to this park's magnificent landscapes. Canyonlands is a terrific place for hikers, nature lovers, campers and road trippers. It is… Continue reading Canyonlands National Park | Exploring Utah

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Visiting the Red Sea | Egypt vs. Jordan

"I will return." Those were the words that I had played over in my mind when I left the Red Sea back in 2016. At that time, I was visiting from Jordan and I had no idea that the my next visit would be from the shores of Egypt. Both Jordan and Egypt are wonderful… Continue reading Visiting the Red Sea | Egypt vs. Jordan

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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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Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

The Mosque of Al Rifa'i is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an intriguing and special… Continue reading Mosque of Al Rifa’i | Historic Cairo, Egypt

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The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

The magnificent Mosque - Madrasa of Sultan Hasan is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as "Historic Cairo". In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo and it is an… Continue reading The Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan | Old Islamic Cairo, Egypt

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Khan el-Khalili – Cairo’s Most Famous Bazaar | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

"I used to get upset watching people running through a maze of alleyways, only to get stuck in a dead end and then get caught. Now I know what they feel like." One of my friends had said this while we were trying to find our way back out of the Bazaar and she was… Continue reading Khan el-Khalili – Cairo’s Most Famous Bazaar | 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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Karnak Temple Complex in Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Que Roger Moore as Bond...James Bond. Karnak is Luxor's most famous ancient site due to its popularity in modern day pop culture and films such as 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and several PC games. The complex of Karnak is an incredibly constructed compound with a look of decaying ancient… Continue reading Karnak Temple Complex 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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A Spectacular Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor, Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

If you have ever seen hot air balloons fly by, it is a magical site. There is a sense of joy watching those brightly colored balloons float by and a wonderment of knowing that there are people riding inside large baskets. If you have ever ridden a hot air balloon then you understand that there… Continue reading A Spectacular Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride over 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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Abu Simbel in Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Like many others, Abu Simbel in Egypt was on our bucket lists. I am sure those who have come before me would agree that it is one thing to see these Egyptian temples in photos or videos, but nothing beats witnessing them first hand. When our private guide walked my friends and I towards the… Continue reading Abu Simbel in Egypt | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Sanctuary of Isis at Philae in ASWAN, EGYPT | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

While in Aswan, my friends and I had visited the Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae UNESCO sites, and I was in awe. Not only for the architectural wonder of these temples built for their Egyptian Gods, but for the shear fact that these temples were dismantled and reconstructed to save them. Last century… Continue reading The Sanctuary of Isis at Philae in ASWAN, EGYPT | A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Horse Riding Through the Sahara | GIZA, EGYPT

"This is one of the best things I have ever done in my life!" That is what my friend said while we were horse riding through the Sahara desert and overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. There are extraordinary experiences that one can do in their lifetime and this was one of them. My friends and… Continue reading Horse Riding Through the Sahara | GIZA, EGYPT

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Traveling for a Sensational Sunset | Fatnas Island, Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Fatnas Island, Siwa Oasis, Egypt- "I now see why the Egyptians worshiped the sun!" That was a powerful 'in the moment' comment that I overheard an Egyptian-American doctor say while a small group of us watched the sunset on Fatnas Island, aka 'Fantasy Island'. I held on to that idea of the ancient Egyptians worshiping… Continue reading Traveling for a Sensational Sunset | Fatnas Island, Siwa Oasis, Egypt

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Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

When I traveled to Siwa Oasis in October of 2019, I was traveling alone, an American female in her late 40s. I received a lot of different feedback when people saw video clips of me lost and trying to locate my hotel in a remote desert town, thirty miles from the Libyan border. The majority… Continue reading Solo Traveling into SIWA OASIS, EGYPT

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Mountain of the Dead | Siwa Oasis, Egypt

After making the extensive journey into Siwa Oasis and eating breakfast at my hotel, I hopped inside this tumnayah for a ride. I took a very bumpy and exciting ride with my local guide around Siwa Oasis. Our first stop was Gebel Al-Mawta or The Mountain of the Dead, which is one of the city's… Continue reading Mountain of the Dead | Siwa Oasis, Egypt