Inca Roads And The Gringo Trail – Hiking To Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu And The Inca Trail - Cusco For Christmas “I have come to take away from them their gold.” - Francisco Pizarro We leave Cuzco at dawn on the summer solstice, along the road that follows the Rio Urubamba to Ollaytaytambo. It is a bumpy and steep descent – too steep for our vehicle. The brakes are inadequate, so we must wait for a replacement bus, presumably with better brakes. A local boy sings a few traditional songs to entertain us, while we take the opportunity to become better acquainted [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:08:37-07:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: South America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Marrakesh And Fes – Morocco’s Imperial Cities And Their Faux-Guides

Morocco's Imperial Cities - Marrakesh And Fes “Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice.” - Pico Iyer Our guidebook describes the faux-guides in Marrakesh and Fes as some of the most persistent people in the world. But, after Thailand's hotel touts, India's rickshaw pedalers and Turkey's shoeshine boys, we figure nobody can faze us. Dancers and Drummers at Djemaa el Fnaa The Faux-Guides of Marrakesh and Fes In Marrakesh, we choose a hotel overlooking the Place Djemaa el-Fnaa. A few would-be guides approach [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:09:04-07:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , |0 Comments

Gut Check – How To Eat Well And Not Get Sick From The Food

Travel Food Tips - Gut Check "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates A balanced diet is essential. A proper and adequate intake of proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates will keep your energy level up, and help stave off any ailments that might come your way. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamins. A variety of nuts and beans will provide you with necessary protein, and every culture has a staple starch dish to fill your carbohydrate needs. However, Montezuma’s Revenge or Delhi Belly can [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:09:24-07:00July 16th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Palmyra To Bosra

The Road To Damascus Part Two - Travel In Southern Syria Before The War “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine If the world were a book, it would be a history book. And travel, to a large extent, is a trip through the past – an experience we hope will help us understand the present, and imagine the future. So, in our continued effort to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (ie. history) as practical, we head to the [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:09:46-07:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: Asia|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Aleppo To Hama

The Road To Damascus Part One - Travel In Northern Syria Before The War “The natives showed us extraordinary kindness.” - Acts 28:2 The second intifada forces us to reconsider our plans. Access to the West Bank is restricted and most sites closed, so we promise to visit the land another time. Overland options along the eastern Mediterranean are limited, and we decide to take ferries from Turkey to Egypt via Greece. We ring in the New Year waiting for the boat to take us from Marmaris to Rhodes. Meanwhile, outside [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:10:11-07:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Asia|Tags: , |0 Comments