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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Trial on the Nile

Egypt Is building a 394-foot (120 meters) Ferris Wheel on the Nile, and some people are not too happy about that. The Cairo Eye, Africa’s tallest observation wheel will open in Egypt in 2022.  The location of Cairo Eye is to overlook the Nile River in the heart of Cairo approximately to the key Egyptian touristic sightseeing and destinations. The…

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Discover Abydos

Abydos one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt, and also of the eighth nome in Upper Egypt. Considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt, the sacred city of Abydos was the site of many ancient temples, including Umm el-Qa’ab, a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed. These tombs began to be seen as extremely significant…

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Travel afar with Qatar

In an ongoing effort to better service American travelers, our partner Qatar Airways continues to rebuild and expand their network. With the addition of San Francisco in December of last year, and Seattle this January 29th, 2021, you can now connect from the USA to Doha and beyond, better than ever. The new services offer excellent connections to global destinations…

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Peace in the desert air

For time eternal, the world has always experienced disagreements and the resultant strife and sadness that often is the byproduct.  So it’s good to see when efforts are made to put the arguments aside and work together to make the world a better place. As we often proclaim here, travel is one way to rise above the discontent and build…

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You can be a star!

What to do in a new world where travel is put on pause? For some, it meant perfecting the sourdough. Or perhaps tackling that 1000-piece puzzle you got years ago. But let’s be honest, it’s been the year of the screens. The year of the Netflix queue. The year of “let’s watch Harry Potter all the way through again.” And…

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Abu Dhabi do!

You see it in films, and it is the stuff of legends – the sands of the Middle East.  Camel rides are one-of-a-kind, but if you need something with a bit more adrenalin, how about this? Abu Dhabi’s impressive desert dunes offer off-road driving enthusiasts a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience, but never go out into the desert alone.  A trip to…

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Living with the locals

Throwing yourself into a new culture can be one of the most daunting yet rewarding parts of travel. Here are some things to consider if you’re about to check-in to a homestay and check out a place with a community-run operator. When traveling, it’s easy to just see the veneer of culture without really getting to the heart of a…

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Erbil, you will

Erbil, also spelled Arbil, locally called Hewlêr by the Kurds, is the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan and the most populated city in the Kurdish inhabited areas of Iraq. It is located approximately in the center of the Iraqi Kurdistan region and north of Iraq. The Erbil Citadel, also known as Hawler Castle, is an artificial mound and the historical…

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Utter joy with Oberoi

Are you looking for an idyllic beach on a faraway island? Shopping for rare treasures in an ancient city? A picnic in the Himalayas? A leisurely cruise on the Nile or a jungle adventure? If so, then Matouring is thrilled to announce our partnership with Oberoi Hotels, of India. Travel & Leisure Ranked Oberoi the Top 25 Hotel Brands in…

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This is not the end

Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran. At its height, around 620 CE, the Sasanian empire ruled over a territory stretching from Jerusalem in the west to Samarkand in the east. The royal court at the ancient city of Ctesiphon, near present-day Baghdad, was the political heart of this vast realm, and its official religion was the ancient Iranian faith, Zoroastrianism. In…

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Babylon systems

This Babylonian Map of the World is a clay tablet containing a labeled depiction of the known world, with a partially surviving description, dated to roughly the 6th century B.C. The map is circular with two outer defined circles. The plan is centered on the Euphrates, flowing from the north to the south of the map. The city of Babylon…

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Masada

There’s nothing quite like stepping out onto the summit of Masada, the sun beating down on you and the Dead Sea stretching out before you. This stunning ancient fortress is one of the most visited sites in Israel for a reason, and everyone should aim to visit at least once if planning a visit to the country. But, never forget…

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Can you bare it?

I stumbled upon Daphne on the rooftop of a dusky riad in Marrakech. This six-foot Canadienne with man-sized feet was the only other guest there, and she was naked. Or mostly naked, which is startling for me at the best of times, but particularly in Morocco – a conservative north-African Muslim country. “Oh, er, hello!” “Hi,” she said, blowing a…

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