Turkey Travel Guide: Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus

Turkey travel: Ephesus

If you are interested in visiting a country with impressive historic monuments and stunning natural beauty, read our short Turkey travel recommendations which include Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus. Cappadocia Cappadocia is located in central Turkey (eastern Anatolia) on a high plateau. It is famous for the Fairy Chimneys (rock formations that soar like tall towers) […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Luxury hotel Taormina

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Travel guide to Seoul, Korea

seoul shopping district

Seoul, South Korea, is a gem of an Asian city, though it is sometimes overlooked in favor of places such as Hong Kong and Tokyo. Seoul is a blend of West and East, with clear American influences infusing fashionable areas of the city (e.g. Dunkin’ Donuts in the tony and now infamous Gangnam neighborhood). The […]

Hiking in Israel’s Judean Desert

Photo © Shmuel Browns

Hiking in Israel is a national pastime – youth groups, the scouts, the army connect to the Biblical land with their feet. Schools have an annual, end of year hike. Many young people when they finish their army service reconnect with friends by hiking together on the Israel Trail, a 945 km trail that crisscrosses Israel, […]

Travel guide to Alona Beach, Philippines

panglao island beach

Alona Beach on Panglao island, connected to Bohol via a causeway, is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. Unlike Boracay, it is still relatively undeveloped, with only two resort-style hotels on the beach. Most accommodations along the beach and just behind it, are guest houses that cater to families, divers and […]

Hotels in Erice, Sicily and Travel Guide

Erice Sicily

If you are going to western Sicily to explore Agrigento and Segesta, consider staying overnight in one of the hotels in Erice and exploring the town. Towering over the west of Sicily at 751m above sea level and often covered in its own personal cloud, Erice is a wonderfully preserved mediaeval town offering the most […]

Exploring the Haram el-Sharif in Jerusalem’s Old City

Photo © Shmuel Browns

When visiting Jerusalem’s Old City and exploring the Armenian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish quarters take the opportunity to go up onto the rectangular platform that was built by King Herod 2000 years ago that straddles the hill above the Tyropean valley. To Muslims this is the Haram el-Sharif, the Noble Sanctuary; to Jews and Christians […]

Top 10 destinations in 2013

top 10 destinations

Here are our top 10 destinations in 2013. We selected places that have a lot of history and culture, or natural beauty. Plan early because some destinations, such as Burma, have limited hotel availability. (1) Burma The country is opening up to the outside world and sanctions against it are being dropped. It is much easier […]

Israel packs a lot into a small country

Photo © Shmuel Browns

The next time you think about packing your bags and traveling, think about visiting Israel, a destination that packs a lot into a small country: mountains, desert, sea coast, forests and history. Israel is situated on a moving tectonic plate separated by a section of the Great African Rift and the legendary Jordan River is chilly […]

Guide to Herodium, Israel: location of Herod’s Tomb and Palace

Herodium Israel

Not far from Jerusalem lies Herodium, a palace/fortress on the top of a man-made mountain with a view all the way to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. It is one of my favorite places and I guide there often. Herodium is unique among sites like Masada, Jericho and desert fortresses that Herod […]

Guide to a long weekend in Singapore

singapore

Singapore is a popular shopping destination and a stopover for those exploring southeast Asia.  Growth has exploded in recent years, and there are endless choices of where to stay, eat and what to do. Unfortunately, there is too much kitsch: chain restaurants, hotels and shops dominate the scenery, and service standards are not up to par with Japan […]

San Martin de Los Andes and Pucon

san martin de los andes

San Martin de Los Andes in Argentina and Pucon in Chile are two all-season resorts in the southern Andes region. Both are surrounded by lakes, forests and mountains. They are popular summer and winter destinations, providing activities such as skiing as well as hiking, boating and swimming. Pucon is in the “lake district” of Chile, and is […]