Spending a weekend in Acre, the city that survived Napoleon, the Crusaders and the Ottoman Empire By Maria Kurganova Acre (or “Akko” in Arabic) is located in the North District of Israel, about twelve kilometers north from Haifa. Long known for its strategic location, the city has been invaded and resettled throughout its history (which officially started […]
Tel Aviv is the New York City of Israel…and is a burgeoning high tech capital, with many start-ups and brilliant minds living in this seaside city.
Face to Face with the Enemy? A Women’s Group Visits Iran By Phyllis Stoller At the end of 2013, The US and Iran signed an agreement that freezes some Iranian nuclear projects and lowers some US sanctions. The result is an increase in Americans visiting Iran despite our lack of diplomatic relations and frequent State […]
Discover the Heart of Persia on a Railway Journey Through Iran By Carson McGrath The Golden Eagle Luxury Trains, partners with MIR Corporation, offer a two week adventure throughout some beautiful, historical places in Iran. The train company is the world’s leading rail specialist in long distance luxury rail journeys, according to Natasha Baker, Sales […]
By Inka Piegsa Quischotte When I first saw them, I didn’t pay much attention. But then, they popped up everywhere in the bazaars and antique shops of Istanbul: two colorful, beautifully crafted and quite bizarre puppets. I investigated and discovered not only a good story but also a fabulous city in Turkey I would otherwise […]
Across the Bosphorus Bridge – Living on Istanbul’s Asian Side By Geraldine Brady Ferry ‘Cross the Marmara Arriving at Büyükada (the Princes’ Islands’ ‘Big Island’) one Saturday morning in April, I couldn’t help but feel a little smug; my European-side friends had to endure a long trek to meet me for a change. Just forty […]
In the Shadow of Jordan’s Petra, Wadi Rum Beckons By Michael Scanlon With the help of two Bedouin men from camp, I mount Aljan, grasping the wooden post attached to the seat with both hands to maintain balance as he shimmies and shakes his way to a standing position. A large, calm, 21-year-old camel, Aljan […]
The West Bank: Tea in Bethlehem – Avoiding the ‘Tea Guy’ in the West Bank. But then… By Paul Michelson We left the open-air café on Manger Square near the West Bank and started on a roundabout route back to our Bethlehem hotel. “Why are we going this way?” my wife said. “To avoid the […]