Our Family Holiday Vacation in Not-so-Sunny LA and the Rat Palace: a Comedy of Errors

One of our sons lives in Los Angeles, so we decided to gather the extended family there in a rented vacation house for the Christmas holidays. We thought it would be nice, for a change, to have Christmas in a warm and sunny environment. We selected an old-school Hollywood glamour property, said to have previouslyContinue reading “Our Family Holiday Vacation in Not-so-Sunny LA and the Rat Palace: a Comedy of Errors”

Coptic Cairo: Island in the Stream

When one thinks of Cairo, or even Egypt, ancient artifacts and Islamic culture come to mind. But what most people overlook is that Egypt is home to a fairly substantial number of Christians, most of whom are Coptic. Although they are a minority, they are a big part of the culture of Cairo. Remember, theyContinue reading “Coptic Cairo: Island in the Stream”

The Lesser-Known Step Pyramid of Egypt is just as impressive as the Great Pyramids

If you drive just a few minutes down the road away from Cairo, beyond the Great Pyramids, you will encounter the Step Pyramids. Although less known than the Great Pyramids, the Step Pyramids are equally impressive, and a completely different experience. First of all, as you leave Giza behind you, the scene very quickly becomesContinue reading “The Lesser-Known Step Pyramid of Egypt is just as impressive as the Great Pyramids”

Giza, Egypt: Great Pyramids and the Sphynx

The Great Pyramids of Egypt, the Step Pyramids, and the Sphynx are amazing wonders of the world that are easily accessible from Cairo, Egypt. While many of the spectacular ancient artifacts of Egypt are far from the capital, and require an additional flight, these beauties are right there in the Suburbs. So, on a recentContinue reading “Giza, Egypt: Great Pyramids and the Sphynx”

Cairo, Egypt — City of Dichotomies

Cairo is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is bustling, colorful, exotic, and just a wonderful mix of old and modern. If you like to people-watch, it is one of the best places ever to be! Greater Cairo, in 2022, is estimated to be home to over 21 million people, about doubleContinue reading “Cairo, Egypt — City of Dichotomies”

Not-so “Jolie” Golf Experience, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

Sometimes you have an experience that is so bad, you just have to laugh. We were staying at the Four Seasons Resort in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt and wanted to play some golf. The Four Seasons is supposedly building a golf course, but it was not yet open. We asked the concierge for a recommendationContinue reading “Not-so “Jolie” Golf Experience, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt”

Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt

We had a week to kill between a work event in Dubai and another one in Cairo. We decided to go to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Sharm is. a resort town on the Red Sea in Egypt. We had to fly into Cairo from Dubai and take a short jump flight to Sharm’s tiny airport.Continue reading “Sharm-el Sheikh, Egypt”

World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1

Like a lot of things, the World Expo 2020 got put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, in October, 2021, it was able to launch! The Expo is held in Dubai, UAE and runs for 6 months. We live relatively close by, in Saudi Arabia, so we bought the “season pass” for theContinue reading “World Expo 2020 (in 2021), Dubai. Visit #1”

Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit

I lived in Amman, Jordan from 2011 to 2014. I recently ,unexpectedly and serendipitously, got the opportunity to return to Jordan. The detour was due to sudden changes to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. Because of the pandemic, we chose not to stay long in the city, but to merely pass through on ourContinue reading “Amman, Jordan — a brief revisit”