Petra, Jordan: “A rose red city half as old as time.”

Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney's Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ride in the desert! Indiana Jones also sparked my interest in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  In his search for the Holy

2018-04-14T23:46:04+00:00

Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar

Petra, Jordan By Night - A Practical Guide Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the Treasury in Jordan's famous carved city. It gets mixed reviews on the travel forums and Tripadvisor about whether or not it is worth it to go while visiting Jordan. I thought it was an amazing experience and one worth doing, so don't let the

2018-03-15T19:15:29+00:00

Kohls Makeup: Kohl Eyeliner (كحل‎) and the Evil Eye (عين الحسود‎)

Many women in the Middle East are known for their exotic beauty. Almost all of them looked beautiful to me! Actually, it was difficult to figure out if they were beautiful or not, based strictly on their eyes.  However, it is understandable that they would use any form of Kohl eyeliner to deepen the mystery about their eyes. They also use Khol (كحل‎) Eyeliner with excellent precision.

2018-04-15T21:50:53+00:00

Hagia Sophia and Things to do in Istanbul, Turkey

Things to do in Istanbul For so many years, I have wanted to go to Istanbul City. I never really had an idea about what it would be like, but knew that it was a right dab in the middle of the East and the West.  Straddling both Europe and Asia, making it the only city in the world to sit across two continents.  Somehow, Istanbul

2018-04-01T16:09:36+00:00

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey It is an early weekday morning as I stare out the window of my yellow taxi passing a multitude of red and blue celebration flags. No matter how often I visit exotic Istanbul, Turkey, I always feel like there is something majestic and mysterious about it. Something wafting in the air that makes this place different than all the rest. Maybe

2017-09-10T10:24:57+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Old City Jerusalem: Israel And The Dance of Death

By Cacinda Maloney Holding back my tears, thinking of the fear of the walking dead, I open my eyes wide and listen closely, trying to grasp the subject. It’s complicated. I have landed in God’s country, the land where it all began: Jerusalem, Israel, or as some call it Palestine. No matter what you call it, it is the gateway between the empires of the

2017-07-10T18:58:54+00:00

Postcards to a Little Boy : Holocaust Memorial

By Cacinda Maloney As I enter the Holocaust Memorial, an Israel Museum in Jerusalem, I am overwhelmed with it as a space. The Israel Museum has a well thought-out architecture that leads you down the path of the Jews during the holocaust, which is a horrific time in our world’s history. The triangular shaped Holocaust Memorial is made of cold-to-the-touch, gray concrete and takes you

2017-07-10T19:01:17+00:00

Listening to Silence – Jordan by Night

  Desert Night Camps - Feynan Ecolodge We were in the van for what seemed like hours. Gazing out the window, I noted how the landscape was changing and soon it felt as if civilization was slowly creeping away on our way to Feynan Ecolodge. Dana Biosphere Reserve in the lands of Jordan's desert was vast and diverse. Occasionally, I would see herds of sheep

2018-01-23T19:02:12+00:00

The Top Things To Do In Jordan

Have you ever wondered what the top things to do in Jordan are? Go see Petra – Of course, everyone already know this already. But I will tell you again: “Go see Petra!” "Go experience Petra, go touch it, feel it and bathe the vastness of it all!" The Top Things To Do In Jordan, Petra Petra is the rock-cut city and cave system

2018-03-23T09:59:40+00:00

Off to Jordan! Have you been?

And I am off to Jordan! With the changing angles of the sun, the desert displays dramatic rose-red colors in the sand. For some moments I am blinded.  But once I am able to regain my clear sight, I spot him in the distance.  He is sitting quietly with what appears to be his Grandfather.  He never moves.  I am mesmerized that a child this

2018-01-23T18:58:55+00:00

Turkey, Land of the Bizarre and the Bazaar

By Guest Author Jennifer Anders A trip to Turkey is like a trip through history. As a bridge between the East and the West, empires ranging from the Ottomans to the Romans have inhabited this land. Turkey has seen some of the world’s most remarkable figures pass through, including Julius Caesar and St. Paul. That said, Turkey is still a mystery to many Westerners, where

2017-07-10T19:40:59+00:00

Patriotism at its best: Republic Day in Istanbul, Turkey

  The flag of Istanbul, Turkey Photos that form a Patriotism Essay: While I was in Istanbul, it was a national holiday known as Republic Day, and the flags of Turkey were out in full force. It was the best display of patriotism I have ever encountered. The flags of Istanbul, Turkey  There was a religious holiday going on as well, so

2018-01-23T15:05:33+00:00

Cistern Istanbul

Cistern Istanbul Cistern Istanbul is an extraordinary subterranean structure, built by Justinian in 532 AD. It is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul City. Apparently, there are several cisterns in Istanbul. It is now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It is especially popular during the summer when its cavernous depths stay wonderfully cool. The line to get in is a little

2018-01-23T17:57:36+00:00

Chora Church, One of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney   Chora Church The sights and sounds that are Istanbul are so difficult to explain, I tried to show you this thru my streets of Istanbul photograph post.  At first, I was so overwhelmed with the mass difference between the USA and Turkey, that I had a hard time describing my emotions and thoughts about Istanbul. It has taken me

2017-12-15T02:11:06+00:00

Aqaba, Jordan العقبة‎: Diving the Red Sea

Aqaba, Jordan and the Red Sea A bit off the beaten path... We arrived into Amman at 10:45 pm at night.  Damn Crazy Americans!  By the time we made to the car rental place, it was almost 11:15 pm.  The plan was to drive from Amman to Aqaba, a three-hour drive, in the middle of the night in the middle of the desert.  It seemed

2018-01-24T08:30:07+00:00

A candlelit night in the city of Petra, Jordan

  A candlelit night in the city of Petra,  A night I will never forget Making our way down the long Siq, deep into the night, I wondered how the event would unfold.  With each step, anticipation into this unknown world of rock walls and the famous "Treasury" in the city of Petra. I had waited years for this moment. I had often heard of

2018-01-23T18:55:08+00:00

Things to do in Istanbul: Discover Istanbul Cats!

Things to do in Istanbul   Now honestly,  I didn't start out taking photographs of Istanbul cats. I was just going about my day, shopping in Istanbul, when I would spot one or two. Istanbul Cats Istanbul Cats In fact, I have to say that while I was there, I did notice an abundance of felines, but was so enamored by

2018-01-23T18:00:14+00:00

A Journey through the streets of Istanbul, not Constantinople!

“Istanbul was Constantinople.” “Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.” “Been a long time gone, Constantinople.” Istanbul, not Constantinople “Now it’s a Turkish delight on a moonlit night” Istanbul, not Constantinople   Didn’t we all have to learn that song while in school? Istanbul, not Constantinople   Istanbul is a journey unto itself. Istanbul, not Constantinople I barely scraped

2018-01-24T11:09:47+00:00

Bedouins (بَدَوِيُّون) of Petra, Jordan

Honestly, I didn't even know what a Bedouin was before I went to Jordan.  I guess I have spent entirely too much time in USA cities to even vaguely understand that these people still exist. Not only do they exist, they seem to thrive. I saw hundreds of bedouins inside the UNESCO world heritage site of PETRA.  When I saw this cute little one, I

2018-01-23T18:56:26+00:00