Category Archives: Middle East

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Experience: Divan Erbil, Iraq

Visiting Iraq for the first time was a daunting concept. I heard the safer area was Kurdistan, so I headed to its capital Erbil. After some further research I found not only did the city have plenty of hotels, but also ultra luxurious ones. Divan, a luxury Turkish chain, was quick to reply and organized … Continue reading Experience: Divan Erbil, Iraq

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Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

Time to tackle country 189, Iraq. Though this sounds daunting, Iraq has a little secret called Kurdistan. Like Somaliland in Somolia, Kurdistan is a self governed state within a state. Internationally it is recognized as a part of Iraq but for all intents and purposes it is a separate country. As much as I’d like … Continue reading Peaceful Iraq Egypt Revisited

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Top Five Countries of 2016

It’s that time of the year again! A time to look back and reflect on our experiences. In 2016 I visited 21 new countries mostly in the Pacific and Central Asia. This is due to the fact that as I am reaching my last ten countries, they are becoming increasingly difficult to visit for various … Continue reading Top Five Countries of 2016

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Winter Wonderland

I’m back on the road, destination Norway! November will be a cold time to travel to Scandinavia, but country 186 is waiting! I’m expecting plenty of snow and low temperatures, hence the trip name Winter Wonderland. Reaching Norway means I will be on my last 10 countries. I’m really excited and so grateful to share … Continue reading Winter Wonderland

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Stantastic Tour

Planning and starting a Stanstastic Tour through the “stans”! The “stans” have been on my list for awhile now and I finally am about to undertake a tricky trip to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and finally Pakistan. If all goes well I would have explore some of the great sights of seven new … Continue reading Stantastic Tour

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Top Ten Hotels of 2015

A review of my top ten hotels experienced in 2015! Click on the available link for the review! Hotels sometimes can make or ruin an experience in a new country. Along with my 2015 favorite new countries, I also had some incredible hotel stays that I will remember for years to come. Here is my … Continue reading Top Ten Hotels of 2015

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Top Ten Countries of 2015

A review of my top ten countries visited in 2015! With a total of 54 new countries visited in 2015 I’ve had a wealth of new adventures and many eye-opening experiences. Here is my pick for the top 10 new countries visited based primarily on my overall experience and secondarily on the quality of the … Continue reading Top Ten Countries of 2015

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Bahrain in a Day

Touring Bahrain in a day to see the top sights of the country including Manama, the National Museum, the Grand Mosque, the Souk, Bahrain Fort, Bahrain Grand Prix, the Tree of Life and the Burial Mounds on the Perusing the Persian Gulf tour. Journey Coming from Oman, I arrived in Bahrain in the evening. The … Continue reading Bahrain in a Day

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Experience: Hilton Kuwait Resort, Kuwait City

A review of the Hilton Kuwait Resort in Kuwait City, Kuwait on the trip Perusing the Persian Gulf. Highlights Extensive private beach area. Excellent service for a large resort. Great selection of fine and casual dining. Stunning facilities for individuals and large groups. Revitalizing spa and fitness center. Background Hilton Kuwait Resort has created a … Continue reading Experience: Hilton Kuwait Resort, Kuwait City