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Best Shopping in the World

Friday, December 14th, 2007

This time of year everyone wants to know where to go for the best shopping. How about the best shopping in the world? The first question you might ask is how do you define “Best Shopping”? The “Best Shopping” place would have to offer almost everything imaginable in one somewhat contained area. Things could be [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 10

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Saturday
We fill up on gas (very important, as this is one of your few opportunities to do so if you’re heading to Masada) and travel east across the Negev (the southern half of Israel). The scenic drive across this hilly, desert region is beautiful. We pass through small villages and quarries. But for the most [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 9

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Friday
We plan to tackle Jerusalem today, and we have to head out early because today is Friday and Shabbat (the Jewish holy day of rest) begins at sunset. The capital and largest city in Israel, Jerusalem is located in the Judean Mountains and contains such a vast concentration of historic sites, we know there’s no [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 8

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Thursday
We grab breakfast and drive northeast to Nazareth. This small, but growing town is concentrated in the hills just west of Mt. Tabor. With building after building lining the steep, narrow, winding streets, and non-stop traffic congesting the area, it’s difficult to find a parking spot. Due to the concentration of locals and tourists in [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 7

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

ISRAEL
The Middle East is the world’s hotspot of political unrest. The news is saturated daily with stories depicting constant tension, hostility and warfare. And the focus on Israel and the Palestinian Territories (the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) are no exception. The locals, however, offer a different story. Despite tension in the Israeli areas [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 6

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Tuesday
It’s our last day in Luxor and we decide to meet Amol for one more guided tour of the West Bank. We grab a quick breakfast and leave at 7am to try and beat the heat. Today we visit the Valley of the Queens, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Workmen’s Village (this was the [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 5

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Monday
We leave at 5:15 am and travel to the West Bank for an amazing sunrise hot air balloon ride. As we drive through villages, locals stand on corners to sell their wares. During one stop, a person in our group attempted to buy cotton scarves from one of them. Apparently there was some miscommunication over [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 4

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Sunday
We arrive at the small, but very nice Luxor airport early Sunday morning.
Travel note: Egypt Air offers continuous 1-hour flights between Cairo and Luxor for about $90 US dollars. This is compared to the sleeper train between Cairo and Luxor which takes approximately 12 hours and costs about $60 US dollars. It’s worth noting that [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 3

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Saturday
We meet our guide, Mohammed, in the lobby and begin the morning with a drive to south Saqqara to visit the Step Pyramid built for Zoser – Egypt’s first pyramid. We also visit Memphis, Egypt’s first capital, to enjoy the open-air museum displaying statues of Ramses II, an alabaster sphinx, and other remains. Even in [...]

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10 Days in Egypt & Israel – Day 1-2

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Touring two countries in under two weeks is not for the weak, weary or faint of heart. It is for those who want to ramble through cities, villages and the occasional ancient necropolis to acquire a mere taste for each destination. Ten days or more could easily be spent in each.
Our journey begins on a [...]

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