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Author: Shail Guggali

Istanbul – A city across 2 continents

Istanbul – A city across 2 continents

Istanbul is one of the oldest cities in the region, established in the 7th century BC (or earlier) as Lygos, which became popular as Byzantium after the roman conquest in the 2nd century AD and came to be known as Constantinople in the 4th century AD after Constantine, the Roman emperor and finally changed to Istanbul in the mid 15th century AD when it fell to the Ottomans. I could not find any relics from its pre-roman past but has…

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Best of Jordan – 5 day Road trip

Best of Jordan – 5 day Road trip

The flight from Cairo landed in Amman around 1.30 pm. Since we had bought Jordan pass online, we did not have to pay any extra visa fees. We bought a SIM card, took our rental car and started towards Petra or Wadi Musa. Apart from Petra, our itinerary included a night in Wadi Rum and a day visiting Aqaba and the Dead sea. I was fascinated by Petra from the time I had seen the pictures of its tombs and…

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Egypt – 4600 years of history

Egypt – 4600 years of history

We reached Cairo early morning around 6.15 am and were welcomed to the “Land of Pharaohs” by our guide from Egypt Tours Portal. The airport formalities were very swiftly completed as we had our e-visas. A representative from our private tour company was waiting to assist us with the passport control formalities. 2 points to remember – The currency exchange rate at the airport is not good, so change your CAD in the city. The phone plans at the airport…

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Ancient Treasures of the Middle East – Egypt, Jordan and Istanbul in 19 days

Ancient Treasures of the Middle East – Egypt, Jordan and Istanbul in 19 days

This part of the middle east, the region of Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Turkey, is steeped with rich history dating back 4600 years, has witnessed evolution of civilization, been the centre point of many religions, has immense natural beauty and of course has many wonders of the world which bear testimony to the immense creativity and capabilities of man! No wonder that this was in my bucket list of places to visit and experience and I would highly recommend this…

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France – Italy : 6 cities in 14 days!

France – Italy : 6 cities in 14 days!

France – Italy : Paris, Nice, Venice, Florence, Rome & Pompeii 6 Cities in 14 days : Apr 18 to May 3 Summary Itinerary : Toronto to Paris – 9 hours flight Paris – 3 nights / 3 days Paris to Nice – TGV Nice – 2 nights / 1.5 days Nice to Venice – EasyJet flight ~ 1 hour Venice – 2 nights / 2 days Venice to Florence – Trenitalia 2 hours Florence – 2 nights / 1.5…

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Portugal & Spain (SW) in 11 days – A road trip

Portugal & Spain (SW) in 11 days – A road trip

Once again, I was looking for exciting places to visit in Dec – Jan, some place which would allow me to escape the Toronto freezing temperatures and have lot more than just beaches. Portugal, with 10 – 18 C day temperatures, treasure of historical monuments (some dating back to the Roman times), beautiful cities and great food, seemed to be the perfect destination. On further research, I realized that there were a lot of sights to see in smaller towns…

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Hawaii – The Land of Aloha

Hawaii – The Land of Aloha

Hawaii Island (Big Island) in 12 days The reason I decided to visit Hawaii was, in one word, Volcanoes, to be more precise, Active Volcanoes. Just the thought of seeing red hot molten rock flowing and seeing it from a close distance, as close as 2 feet, got me in top planning mode. I read a lot of literature on Hawaii and found that it was a treasure trove for explorers with hundreds of natural marvels and exciting activities that…

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