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I've been to Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Bahrain and Israel. I'm always on the lookout for things to do on my next trip to the region.
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Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Bab Zuwayla was part of the original walls of Cairo built in 1092. The Zuwayla gate is one of the most well known landmarks in the city and is also one of three remaining gates of the Fatimid dynasty. This historic gate contains twin towers, each...
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Bethlehem
Traveling across the border from Israel into the West Bank stays with you, no matter which side of the conflict you support. Leave it to Banksy to comment.
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After taking the ferry from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier we were starving! We got off the boat and as soon as we exited the port we saw a little cafe and sat down. We ordered eggs and mint tea, not quite knowing what we would get, but we figured, what...
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19 Rue Riad Sultan, Tangier, Morocco
There are many things to love about staying at La Tangerina, but the panoramic views from the roof terrace are at the top of my list. In this photo, the Strait of Gibraltar is visible under a cloudy sky. Standing at this viewpoint, if you turn a...
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Disi, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Everyone I met in Jordan was engaging, interesting and polite, including the children. If you find yourself in an old bedouin town, make sure to engage with the kids, who often speak english better than adults. Here they're playing with an...
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Medina, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
This nearly 1,000-year-old mansion has been furnished with pieces made by local craftspeople. Owner Ina Krug works with a team of experts to arrange everything from a camel safari to a customized shopping trip through the souks. Each room has its...
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In itself, Souk el Kheir is a reprieve from the zooming motorbikes and snake charmers you'll find in the chaotic Djemaa el-Fna Square. (Vendors in this Souk have banned motorbikes, so you won't have to risk your life to browse.) Yet further within...
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Quartier Labeta, Fès 30050, Morocco
Making little ones out of big ones. At the tile factories, on the outskirts of Fez and the medina, the handmade tiles are cut, by hand, into exotic shapes for use in table tops and decorative tiles. It's unbelievably detailed and beautiful work....
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Quartier des Tanneurs, Fès 30000, Morocco
The dyeing vats at Chouara—as well as at the city’s other tanneries—are among the Fes medina’s most iconic sights. The ancient craft of tanning and dyeing, in all its visceral authenticity (cow urine and pigeon poop are...
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7 Derb el Magana, Fes, Morocco
When Mike Richardson exploded onto the fairly limited Fes dining scene in 2007, he took the medina by storm. Suddenly there was someplace where locals, tourists, and a handful of resident expats could convene. They came to view exhibitions by...
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12 Derb El Miter، Fes 30000, Morocco
Situated within the labyrinthine Fes medina, Palais Amani offers respite in a hectic setting. Its enchanting courtyard, teeming with fragrant orange trees, lush plants, and colorfully tiled fountains, is an oasislike setting ideal for sipping on a...