… the Middle East

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Miniature Carousels in Vienna
Pestsäule on Graben

Mozart, bearded women and a cold day in Vienna

Vienna was cold, rainy and windy, but we got to see the Stefansdom, the Hofburg, eat a Gordon Bleu and taste a Sachertorte.

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Israel

Meeting Israeli culture, enjoying Old Jaffa, getting lost in Ha'Carmel Market and walking the beaches of Tel Aviv

The story of our flight to Tel Aviv very well sums up how the guide of our walking tour today explained Israeli culture - 80 % complaining, 20 % eating and then arguing for desert, not to forget the fact that Israelis are always late.

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A Bit on Tel Aviv History and Architecture

Rumour will have it that as the tourists and rich have made their entry into Neve Tzedek, the artists and bohemians are moving on to Florentin, making it the new and upcoming neighbourhood.

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The Jerusalem Shock

In large groups they enter through Jaffa Gate and walk down David St., turning at the souq and moving towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where they mill around their chosen chapel and push their way towards the tomb which is claimed to house the bones of Jesus.

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Holy Days in Jerusalem

In the Chapel of Ascension, we touched the footprint of Jesus, though it in no way looked like a footprint, while in Paster Noter, we studied the many languages in which to pray.

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Jordan

The Red Sea - First Time Snorkelling and I'm Hooked!

At first we laughed at the guy who tried to sell the swimming ducks, but then we noticed how many families had one.

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No Rum in Wadi Rum - but Lots and Lots of Sand and Rock

At first it felt as if we had been placed in the middle of nowhere with a bottle of water and only the instructions to walk straight.

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A Long Day in Petra

Standing above the Amphitheatre we got a view of what truly makes Petra so extraordinary as the descending sun lid up the Royal Tombs and the Street of Facades, creating an astonishing effect.

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The Red Sea - First Time Snorkelling and I'm Hooked!

At first we laughed at the guy who tried to sell the swimming ducks, but then we noticed how many families had one.

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No Rum in Wadi Rum - but Lots and Lots of Sand and Rock

At first it felt as if we had been placed in the middle of nowhere with a bottle of water and only the instructions to walk straight.

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A Long Day in Petra

Standing above the Amphitheatre we got a view of what truly makes Petra so extraordinary as the descending sun lid up the Royal Tombs and the Street of Facades, creating an astonishing effect.

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Driving on the Kings Highway and Eating Mansaf in Kerak

Kerak is huge and it is amazing to think that almost 900 years ago second sons of French and English noblemen ran around in the armour of the Knights Templar. To think that Saladin himself has held the castle under siege.

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Carpet Hunting in the City of Mosaics

It was as if we were watching a movie standing so close to these people, who appeared so devout to their Lord the Saviour in the way they were waving their arms, crying and embracing the experience as of being lowered into the disgusting and probably rather poisonous water.

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Amman and the Dead Sea

In the run-down centre in Amman near the main mosque an old man with a large teapot bows to a customer assuring a constant stream of tea.

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