Traveling in the Middle East

pexels-photo-24969A rewarding holiday destination
Mystery, civilizations rising and falling, the place of birth for Judaism, Islam and Christianity, this is in just a few words, the Middle East. Resembling a huge open air museum, the ancient cities hosted by the Middle East are the perfect place for a once in a lifetime holiday. Egypt, Morocco, Syria, Turkey, with their cities like Cairo, Casablanca, Damascus, and Istanbul will charm you with their special perfume, their history, their customs and traditions. The Middle East is the place where the modernity found its place between the ancient buildings, vestiges of the old civilization that brought life to these regions. The Middle East is also the place where antagonist landscapes meet: the sand dunes of the Sahara desert with the world of the Red Sea, the imposing mountains and the small, palm fringed lakes in Libya.

Exploring the cities of the Middle East
Cairo is known as being the oldest destination for tourists in the world, the place where one of the Seven World Wonders is still present, always ready to remind us of the former civilizations that created our world. When you visit the Sphinx and the Pyramids, everything you can do is to agree with Herodotus, who called them “The eternal gift of the Nile”. The country that has the longest history recorded on paper is also the cradle of civilization, a gate to Africa and has Cairo as the capital. Cairo is the only capital in the world where routes leading to Asia, Africa and Europe meet. However, you’ll find in Cairo a city with chaotic traffic rules, jammed with people and cars, but a lively city, a vibrant one, which is not formed just by dunes, sand and pyramids. There are hundreds of sightseeing monuments and places that need your attention, as Cairo is not the city where you can afford missing something; it’s simply a beautiful place, unique in the world that asks you to discover it step by step. Start with the Citadel of Saladin, where you will find the ancient mosque known as the “Mohammed Ali Mosque” and the tomb of Mohammed Ali. The Hanging Church is also worth visiting, as it was built between two towers; the glass that lies at your feet once you enter the monument will allow you to see the ground that lies under. King Tut and his Sarcophagus, the Pyramid in Giza, the Sphinx, the Nile River, and the Papyrus factory are also places where you definitely want to go.

The list of your holiday destinations must also include Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two different continents that will enchant you with its mosques, the Grand Bazaar and the impressive Topkapi Palace. Continue your adventure in the Middle East with Damascus, the city where the modern culture is trying to make its way between the ancient quarters of the city; it is in these quarters that people live their lives just like it used to be lived centuries ago. There are also other cities in the Middle East that are worth visiting and they will all impress you with their special charm and flavor, so characteristic of this wonderful part of the world. Regardless of the city you choose to visit for your adventure in the Middle East, just make sure that you surround yourself with the special air of this place and its history, as this can be a life changing experience.

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Cheap City Breaks

Well it’s the time of year when I start to think less about working on my house and more about getting away for a few days and enjoying some spring sunshine.

I saw this on my daily newspaper website and thought it worth posting here. There are so many cheap deals available and some fabulous cities within a couple of hours flying time that we are almost spoiled for choice.

And the exchange rate between the £ and the euro is still really good, so I recommend you to take a look at some of the value city breaks available before the kids get out of school for the summer holidays, and the prices go up.

At that time I will be spending more time in the garden and working on my ever expanding deck, which gives me an idea for another blog post!

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Travelling is good for your health

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It is a well accepted fact that travel has a rejuvenating effect on the body. For many years people have been longing to explore the far reaches of the world to see different cultures and sight. It’s something that every hard working person longs for.

A vacation has the ability to de-stress, wind-down and regain your energy, your motivation and your inner drive. It helps to build positive thought and enthusiasm, and give us memories that can last a lifetime.

So what are some of these benefits?

Romance
People that travel as a couple, who are in a relationship, find that the experience of travelling together cements their bond and leads to a happier and even healthier relationship, is a romantic experience, and help with good communication.

De-Stress
A new environment, new experiences, such as food, drink and cultures is known to relieve stress and tension. It get’s you away from the daily grind, the regular routine, gives you something different to think about and plan for. A change is as good as a rest they say, and travelling and meeting new people could be the tonic you need.wpid-67f8d12f7123394ba3a2c4ba3b231393

Kills Boredom
Getting out of doors, breathing fresh air and having new experiences is great therapy. Breaking habits and routines even for just a few days can be as good as getting an extra nights sleep.

Fill your lungs with fresh air and get some vitamin D from the sun on your skin (taking the necessary precautions of course), get back to nature and enjoy the countryside. Just thinking about it is calming too.

Get Fit
Usually a vacation means walking, swimming, maybe even dancing and always sight seeing. Even a beach holiday could involve volley ball or snorkelling. A holiday means exercise, physical activity that you normally miss out on. Sitting at a desk all day is not good for your health, so a vacation breaks you out of the routine and improves your health.

New Experiences
A vacation, especially in foreign countries, forces you to try new foods, experience new flavours, eat out in restaurants and beach bars, trying new drinks and snacks. Forget microwave food and frozen dinner, and think fresh ingredients, local cuisine and excellent service.
What could be better?

Dig in to the culture
Meeting people from other countries and cultures is a great way to understand the world, and appreciate our own lives. Learning to appreciate how other people live and work is an experience that is hard to put a price on.

So go on…. book your next holiday, go somewhere different, exotic, breathtaking, and one more thing.. remember to take a camera!