Crossing Barriers in Israel with Green Olive Tours

Fred Schlomka, founder of Green Olive Collective, prepares for a long distance ride through the U.S. Fred Schlomka is idiosyncratic enough that I shouldn’t have been surprised when our interview by email, between [...]

By | 2017-10-22T09:58:26+00:00 August 22, 2017|Categories: Asia, Experienced Travelers, Interviews, Israel, Middle East|Tags: , |4 Comments

The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Wadi Rum, Jordan

T.E. Lawrence, the famous Lawrence Of Arabia, wrote a book about his experience in his World War I campaign with the Arabs called Seven Pillars of Wisdom. This rock formation took its name from that [...]

By | 2016-01-31T09:28:13+00:00 January 31, 2016|Categories: Asia, Jordan, Middle East, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |2 Comments

Mapping 2015: Highlights and Snapshots

It’s been such a full year I needed to retrace our itinerary to get my head around all that we’ve seen in 2015. Initially, I just wanted to post some random images–previously unpublished–that have stayed [...]

Dawn, Wadi Rum, Jordan

When it comes to color and natural beauty it's hard to beat mountains and desert. When you have both, such as in Wadi Rum, Jordan–and when I get up before dawn to shoot them–you have [...]

By | 2016-01-31T08:39:14+00:00 July 16, 2015|Categories: Asia, Jordan, Middle East, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: , |6 Comments

Trip Totals: Accounting for our Whereabouts

This photo counts as one of my favorites: The Bernina Express rail line in the Swiss Alps. Apart from toting up income (not enough) and expenses (too much), we endorse counting up other [...]

Temple of Sobek, Kom Ombo, Egypt

The temple of Sobek at Kom Ombo is yet another of the fascinating temples along the Nile. I like this one because it's dedicated to Sobek, and who doesn't like crocodile headed gods? Sobek is [...]

By | 2015-03-15T09:02:48+00:00 March 14, 2015|Categories: Africa, Egypt, Middle East, Photo of the Day, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |1 Comment

Cruising the Nile, Sonesta Style

The Nile River with fishermen, the banks with agriculture, and the desert with mountains of limestone. If you know anything about us, you might say Sonesta Nile Cruises was taking a risk inviting [...]

Six Random Photos of the Nile, Egypt

I shot all of these on two occasions while we were cruising up the Nile. The ones of the boats were shot off the balcony of our cabin on the Sonesta Star Goddess. (Thanks for [...]

By | 2015-06-19T04:21:54+00:00 March 9, 2015|Categories: Africa, Egypt, Middle East, Photo of the Day|Tags: |12 Comments

The Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo, Egypt

The construction of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali was modeled after mosques in Turkey. Like the Aya Sofia, for example. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali (no relation to the boxer) in Cairo was [...]

Rusted Truck Cab, Bedouin Camp, Sinai, Egypt

We've now been in at least four or five Bedouin camps since we've been in the Middle East. All of them have their distinct character. But one thing they have in common is putting whatever [...]

By | 2015-02-22T11:13:53+00:00 February 22, 2015|Categories: Africa, Egypt, Middle East, Photo of the Day|Tags: |2 Comments