Panorama of the Week: The Hanging Church of Coptic Cairo

coptic church cairo

Coptic Cairo. The name alone exudes ancient, mysterious, almost mystical. People still live, work and worship in the same place as they have for thousands of years. It's a humbling walk back in time in this secluded Old Cairo neighborhood, whose tranquility belies the 22-million strong bustle of modern Cairo just outside.One of the highlights of Coptic Cairo: The … [Read more...]

Happy Holidays…and a Christmas Camel

Holiday Cheer and Camel Rides - Giza Pyramids, Egypt

From atop a camel at the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt, we would like to wish you and yours a very happy holidays!Wherever you may be, whatever you happen to celebrate, we hope your holidays and new year are filled with joy, peace and a little bit of adventure! … [Read more...]

Perception Busting in Egypt

Egyptian Man with Beard - Alexandria, Egypt

You guys are the Perception Busters. -- A comment on our Facebook page in response to our arrival in Cairo earlier this week. And a label we're happy to embrace.If you've been following us on Facebook or Twitter recently, you're probably aware that we've been in Egypt this past week.Egypt? But isn't it unsafe now? … [Read more...]

Keep Tickin': Life Inspiration from Nonagenarians

Audrey and Grandfather - Black Mountain, North Carolina

Last weekend, I arrived in Asheville, North Carolina to visit family. And boy, was I tired.The last two months have been chock full: traveling from Central Europe to Crete to Istanbul to Iran, back to Istanbul, Germany and finally to a series of family visits up and down the east coast of the United States.But I’ve been feeling a little spent. It’s not only … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Persian Carpets at the World’s Largest Covered Bazaar

tabriz rugs

An Iranian carpet, especially one from Tabriz, is worth more than gold. -- Our Iranian guide gives us an economics lesson in the old carpet section of the Tabriz bazaar.The largest bazaar in the Middle East. The world's largest covered market. A UNESCO World Heritage site. That's the Tabriz bazaar. And deep inside, old men, purveyors of grand old Persian … [Read more...]

Traveling to Iran as Americans: All You Need to Know

Audrey with Iranian Women - Masuleh, Iran

Traveling to Iran as an American citizen may sound complicated and dangerous. It’s not. We’re here to dispel the myths and answer the questions piling up in our inbox based on our visit to Iran just a few weeks ago.Our aim in the following Q&A is to answer actual reader queries and to help demystify the process of traveling to Iran. … [Read more...]