When football is all

We suspect that there are some football fans in our audience:  in this instance we are talking about the football played around the world – you know, the round ball, black and white. Some football fans are beyond passionate:  they get tattoos of their team, name their children after star players, relocate to cities where their favourite teams are located…

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Pardon me, madam, but your palace awaits

How often does one get the chance to sleep in the same halls as royalty?  Not often for most of us. But, you can at the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski in Istanbul directly on the Bosphorus.  A former home to Ottoman royalty, you will find yourself bathed in history, glamourous surroundings, sumptous spas and world-class restaurants. And, of course, you…

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Glee in the Sahara

There is almost nothing more exotic and romantic to staying in the desert. No matter where the desert might be, the mind conjures up images of windblown tents, camels, the elixir of tea. Realistically, most of us do not have the means nor the knowledge to embark on such an adventure.  But our travel affiliate friends, Get Your Guide have…

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Expo, Expo – read all about it!

Every so often, the world has an Expo. Montreal in 1967, Milan in 2015,  while Kazakhstan held the most recent specialised Expo in 2017. Expo 2020 will be happening in Dubai, and tickets will go on sale worldwide starting July 18, 2021, with the event occurring from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. As you might imagine, it will…

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It’s a numbers game

Those of us who learned arithmetic using pen and paper, working with the ten digits 0–9 and place value, may take for granted that this is the way it’s always been done, or at least the way it ought to be done. But if you think of the amount of time and energy spent in the early school years just…

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Mardin’s gardens

Mardin is a city in southeastern Turkey. The capital of Mardin Province, it is known for the Artuqid architecture of its old city, and for its strategic location on a rocky hill near the Tigris River that rises steeply over the flat plains. * OK, now that we have that somewhat dry description of the phenomenal city of Mardin, let’s…

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You CAN get there from here

If you’re an inquisitive pathfinder, likely your dreams and your aspirations take you all over the map.   But the world is a rather big place.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend time being there rather than online, planning? Well, have we got news for you.  We’d especially like to feature our affiliate friends 12go.  They are a…

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OK, we take it back. The Airbus 380 will NOT be leaving the skies.

GEEK ALERT:  if you visit this website often, you’ll know how much we love technology, especially aircraft. We’ve recently written that one of the giants (literally) of the skies, the Airbus A380 might be heading off into the sunset, to fly no more. As the world gets smaller and aircraft get better (ie: better fuel efficiency, smaller in size, but…

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Even older than old

A mysterious group of ancient monuments first discovered in Saudi Arabia in the 1970s, known as mustatials, predate the first Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge by over 2,000 years, making them the world’s oldest ritual landscape, archaeologists now say. Scattered across 77,000 square miles of desert in northwest Arabia, the mustatils (the name comes from the Arabic word for “rectangle”) were…

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Emirates are shrinking

Emirates airlines, one of our affiliate partners, are known for their fleet of top-of-the-line aircraft:  one of the youngest fleets in the world made up entirely of Emirates A380 and Boeing 777s.  Emirates fly to over 135 destinations every year.  But, the prevailing winds are blowing, and for a number of reasons.  First, aircraft of that size are expensive to…

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Get jazzed about Yazd

At the time of this writing, visiting Iran may not be an adventure that can easily be undertaken.  But, as always, that will change – and you should not miss the ancient and beautiful city of Yazd. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Yaz is located in the middle of the Iranian plateau, 270 km southeast of Isfahan, close to the…

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Ships of the desert

This might seem surprising, but it should come as no surprise in our world today.  The earth is getting flatter by the day. Cruise Saudi, a 100-percent Public Investment Fund-owned business that seeks to develop Saudi Arabia’s cruise industry, and MSC Cruises have announced the launch of Red Sea cruises in the coming winter 2021-2022 season. Under the terms of…

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Straton’s Tower of power

If you’re a fan of ancient history, like we are, you’ll certainly be familiar with how the Romans changed the world in so many ways.  Certainly, as you travel through Europe, the evidence is plain.  But as you head east, you will also be surprised and amazed at how far they conquered and what they achieved.   An excellent example of…

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My soul, that is in this stele

Some 2,700 years ago in the ancient city of Sam’al, in what is now modern Turkey, an elderly servant of the king sits in a corner of his house and contemplates the nature of his soul. His name is Katumuwa. He stares at a basalt stele made for him, featuring his own graven portrait together with an inscription in ancient…

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Sydney to London in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 5 seconds

Meet The New Concorde – Virgin Galactic Mach 3.0 Supersonic Jet. Richard Branson is always pushing the envelope and, in this case, that means literally.  He has already embarked on his edge of space efforts, his land-based Hyperloop  and his resorts and cruises are legend.  But, now he is heading into the next frontier with his new Supersonic Jet. The…

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Fly an Airbus 380? You might be too late-y

The long-accepted queen of the skies, the Airbus A380 is on its way to retirement.  And if you want to fly in one, you may want to book your tickets, soon.  The same goes for the Boeing 747 The A380 is a modern icon that has flown over 500,000 revenue flights carrying over 190 million passengers. This includes more than…

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A GEM among them

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, you will most certainly know about the immense and exciting GEM museum in Cairo. GEM stands for Grand Egyptian Museum and it will be a stunning building even separate of its incredible jewels, artefacts and mummies. When it is completed, the Grand Egyptian Museum just outside of Cairo on the Giza Plateau…

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Sharaan

In the past few decades, the world has seen so much technological change.  New ideas, new designs, new techniques and new materials.  If we can dream it, we can build it. But does that mean that we should? Vaunted French architect, Jean Nouvel, who has been responsible for some of the most innovative design in recent years, thinks that maybe…

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Tombs in your living rooms

At one time, sitting on the couch and watching television was considered a luxury:  we were so busy in our daily lives that being able to collapse on the sofa and stare at the screen . . or at the ceiling. Well, Covid-19 has flipped that scenario on its head, and most people are gagging to get out and travel,…

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Your Jordan plan

“Welcome to Jordan!” Visitors will hear this refrain more times than they can count—shouted from car windows, as a greeting from waiters, from every taxi driver, when getting their passports stamped at the airport, while walking down the street… Jordan has a reputation for being one of the friendliest countries in the Middle East, and hey, some stereotypes are true.…

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