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Egypt – Esna & arrival into Luxor

Esna temple Another day, another amazing marvel of the ancient Egyptian world. This time the sunken temple of Esna was on the program. This temple was submerged by decades of Nile flooding and sediment deposits. The remaining covered roof areas served as homes to local villages which led to severe smoke damage. French archeologists are… Continue reading Egypt – Esna & arrival into Luxor

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Egypt – Aswan and the legendary Old Cataract Hotel

Old Cataract Hotel No voyage to Egypt is complete without staying at the legendary Old Cataract Hotel run by Sofitel in Aswan. Located in prime viewing of the first Nile rapids, the property has hosted world leaders, movie stars and most famously, was the long term lodging for British Crime Novelist Agatha Christie whom penned… Continue reading Egypt – Aswan and the legendary Old Cataract Hotel

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Egypt – Fata Morgana in the desert

Our first stop in the Arabian world consisted of an overnight stop-over in the Qatari capital city of Doha. Only a desert village without much significance, over the past 30 years transformed into a mega city of skyscrapers in any imaginable shape. Doha skyline Host of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup (not without controversy… Continue reading Egypt – Fata Morgana in the desert

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America’s Historic East – Enlightened Mansion

Monticello Our day of Virginia discovery continued with a scenic drive up to Charlottesville of University of Virginia fame (and violent radical right rally infamy) for a visit to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate. Garden view of the estate This visit was another longtime wish-list item for me and it certainly did not disappoint. The views… Continue reading America’s Historic East – Enlightened Mansion

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America’s Historic East – colonial times

Colonial Williamsburg Main Street A longtime in the making, I finally arrived at colonial Williamsburg for a visit. I had heard about it and aspired to visit for over 25 years and now I am here. Pinch me! House of Burgesses- Capitol building of the Virginia Commonwealth Financial support from the Rockefeller’s helped local history… Continue reading America’s Historic East – colonial times