Middle East Travel Articles, Photos and Panoramas

From Kebabs to Khoresht: Eating Your Way Through Iran

iran food

"Eat an onion from each new place you visit to adjust your body to the local cuisine." -- Words of wisdom from one of our guides on the subtle appreciation of eating one’s way through Iran.Traditional Iranian cuisine combines the savory of fresh herbs and spices like saffron, merges it with the sweet of pomegranate, barberry and cinnamon and tops it all off with a … [Read more...]

Persian Design at the Jameh Mosque – Yazd, Iran [360-Degree Panorama]

Yazd, Iran

Yazd, a historically Zoroastrian town and a sort of desert outpost that took in people fleeing persecution and wars in other parts of the country, is one of our favorite cities in Iran. Its old city is almost entirely built in brown-red adobe clay, helping to blend it into the surrounding desert landscape and to keep its building interiors cool.Ones eyes adapt to … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: The Hidden Peacock Mosque – Isfahan, Iran

esfahan mosque

"If you look up, at just the right time, you'll see a peacock on the ceiling," our guide, Javad, explained as he walked us under the gilded and tiled dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.We craned our necks, searching for just the right angle. With the aid of sunlight passing through a nearby window, an image of a peacock -- previously unseen, now … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Hurghada Fresh Market, Egypt

Hurghada egypt

When most people think about the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada, Egypt they likely imagine relaxing on the beach, scuba diving, adventuring in the desert, golfing, and lounging at a big resort. Hurghada does have all of that.Rarely, however, does one think about fresh markets and a taste of local Egyptian culture. It's there in Hurghada, if only you look hard … [Read more...]

Pyramid Hopping in Egypt

Obelix and the Sphinx

Do you remember learning about ancient Egypt in elementary school?I do. I recall images of Cleopatra, mummies, hieroglyphics, and women with black bobbed hair and men dressed in kilts, all strutting. I remember pyramids that seemed too big to be real, as if aliens must have been the ones to deposit them in the middle of the desert.And I remember an episode … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Citadel Mosque in Cairo, Egypt

cairo mosque

Although the Saladin Citadel in Cairo was built in the 12th century to help protect the city from the Crusaders, the Muhammad Ali Mosque came much later, in the 19th century. Built in the architectural style of the Ottomans, the mosque has a feeling of wide open grandeur punctuated by chandeliers and cupolas.Sit on the carpet in middle for as long as you need. … [Read more...]

Off to Egypt: A Little Bit of Work and Play

Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt

We’re headed again to Egypt, this time to experience a taste of what it can offer in the way of adventure and adrenaline travel.We will also present at the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Travel and Media conference. There, we will tie a real-time case study of this Egypt experience together with some of our prior travel experience to … [Read more...]

Midnight Express: Iran to Turkey by Train

All aboard the Midnight Express (Tehran to Istanbul)

Iran is again catching its share of headlines. So it seemed as good a time as any to share the story of our exit from the country at the end of last year -- hopping a train en route from Tehran across the border to Turkey, then all the way to Istanbul. One of the finest and most surprising segments of our around-the-world journey. … [Read more...]