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  • Asian side

    Istanbul Favorites

    You could be forgiven for thinking Istanbul's attractions all centre around historical sights, but for me a lot of them centred around - fish. We frequently went to Kadıköy which means Judges Village. This is an area on the Asian side of the Bosphorus and it has some excellent restaurants. We would walk along the front where rows of fishing...

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  • Old Jaffa

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Zohara and I joined Nathalie, Gil, Andie and Aydin for a walking tour of old Yaffo. This section is today the artists quarters and a few restaurants and studios. There is also a place where you can take a course on "wine appreciation" (gee, I appreciate it without a course ;O)) Do this tour in Spring or Fall in cooler weather, or if you do it in...

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  • The Western Wall (Wailing Wall)

    Jerusalem Favorites

    There is a plant between the rocks of the western wall. The name of the plant is Capparis spinosa (in hebrew it is "Tsa'laf"). There is a legend about the plant : When the romans attacked Jerusalem there was a boy called Tsalaf (the hebrew meaning of sniper) that stood on the western wall and fired arrows on the romans so they couldnt pass. The...

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  • Buildings/ Projects

    Jiddah Favorites

    Health sector in Saudi Arabia received extreme importance by the state and witnessed tremendous development. Jeddah had its share of development in health services where there are over 194 government and private hospitals and dispensaries with a total number of 6229 beds.

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  • Beaches

    Marmaris Favorites

    Icmeler is a real beach place, if you like sunbathe on the beach during your vacation, Icmeler is the place to be. It has a nice walking boulevard with lots of restaurants. The beach is covered with sunshades and reclining chairs. Icmeler is about 5 km from Marmaris every 15 minutes a bus is driving from Icmeler too Marmaris.

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  • amman general info

    Amman Favorites

    ever went to a restaurant and find out that there service is not as good as you thought! or the food was not that good now you can see real Reviews from real people about Amman top restaurant @ http://www.mealadvisors.com

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  • Sightseeing

    Bodrum Favorites

    Bodrum's harbourfront and marina are full of hustle and bustle with bracing sea breezes to counteract the hot sun, The boats are packed tightly like sardines and a sea of masts and red flags sway in the wind. From luxury yachts to small speedboat, every conceivable type of craft is here but mostly it's the gorgeous wooden Turkish gulets, used for...

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  • The beaches

    Eilat Favorites

    The dophin reef has a very nice beach, so while enjoying the dolphins, you can have a bath is a separate area, and have some food of the restuarant. As usual our waitress talked in spanish as she was from Uruguay.

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  • The German Colony

    Haifa Favorites

    Walking the streets of the old German Colony can give you a glimpse of the life of the immigrants to Israel. These German immigrants built a "colony" or neighbourhood around themselves to help them cope with a new life in a new country, a way to insulate themselves and instill a feeling of "the old home" while beginning a new home. You can see many...

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  • History

    Ephesus Favorites

    The ancient city occupies the territory of several square kilometers. You can see the map of the Ancient city and the typical way of excursion (green color) on the picture. This place became known since the 19th century. The history of excavation began in 1859-74 on the Odeon and the theatre. It was carried out by J.T.Wood under the auspices of...

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  • old town

    Damascus Favorites

    The Old City is my favourite part of Damascus. I guess it is everyone's. It is fascinating for its history, architecture and culture. Highlights include the Umayyad Mosque, Straight Street, Al-Hamidiyya Souq, Azem Palace and the Citadel. But it is also great just to wander around the various souqs, khans and narrow streets that people have lived...

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  • citadel

    Aleppo Favorites

    Aleppo's citadel Actually U can find a lot of interesting monuments in this city. You will really see so ancient things wich will amaze you. And there is a christian citadel near the city.. Food is cheap there..transport as well...people there like touristes and help them.. but it's not recomended for for a girl to go alone there if she knew...

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  • Boring Country

    Qatar Favorites

    I don't think there is much you should do here other than pick another country which is more fun to visit. I don't think I have many. Just some of the people I met while I was here and the warm water at the beach.

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  • souq & shopping

    Bahrain Favorites

    Like in all Muslim nations, Friday is the holy day of the week in Bahrain. This means that many shops will be closed and services unavailable on that day. In addition, many shops will also close at midday on Thursday and not reopen until Saturday. The only day that we spent in Bahrain happened to be a Thursday, and around noon most of the shops in...

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  • Bosphorus

    Istanbul Favorites

    And where does all this fish come from? Well, Istanbul is surrounded by water - the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara, the Black Sea. Here are some fishermen in Beşiktaş. Beşiktaş which means cradle stone is located on the European side of the Bosphorus. Dolmabahçe Palace is located here. In the background you can...

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  • Beach Activities

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    The centre of life in Tel Aviv is, without question, the beach. From March-November, Friday & Saturday is full of people sunning themselves or simply gathering as family units, picnicing. Summer evenings and throughout the night are also busy. Early morning throughout the year you will see hardy souls braving the waves or simply being too healthy...

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  • The Old City Gates

    Jerusalem Favorites

    The Dung Gate is also known as Sha'ar Ha'ashpot or Gate of Silwan. The gate is situated near the southeast corner of the Old City, southwest of the Temple Mount. The gate is the closest to the Western Wall and is a main passage for vehicles. Directly behind the gate lies the entrance to the Western Wall compound. Buses stop on the road outside...

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  • AirPort / SV Airlines

    Jiddah Favorites

    King Abdulaziz International Airport The gateway of Jeddah City The airport is at a distance of about 19 kilometers north of Jeddah. Its total surface area is 105 square kilometer. The airport was inaugurated in the year 1401 H - 1981 AD. It has two terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights, the Southern Terminal is exclusively...

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  • Mugla Markets

    Marmaris Favorites

    Mugla is a town that isn't overflowed by tourists yet. It has a charming old town and i loved the market place! I think the satue what you see on the picture is from Ataturk. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk(1881 - 1938), the founder of the Turkish Republic and its first President. As President for 15 years, until his death in 1938, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk...

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  • downtown

    Amman Favorites

    Walking in downtown Amman can also be another highlights in Jordan. Why?! It was my personal experience: "Welcome,welcome to Amman" "Thank you..."( taking a photo of Amman Library ) "Do you speak Arbic?!" "No, sorry..." "Ah...welcome, your first trip here?!" "Yes...Shukran (Thank you in Arabic)" "Where you from?!" "Taiwan" "Thailand?!" "No no no,...

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  • Beaches

    Bodrum Favorites

    there is something for everyone!! if you want to just lie down and relax on the sunlounger turgutreis, torba, gundogan and bitez is for you. If you are into water sports crowded and loud fun beaches then stay in gumbet , bodrum if you like private beach loud music and big cushions to lie down orange club in gumbet is the place to go...it also turns...

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  • Bahai Shrine & Temple

    Haifa Favorites

    Visit the Bahai Temple and its gardens. The Bahai religion was founded in 1863 by Mirza Husayn, a Persian who was later known as Bahaullah. Haifa serves as the world center of this religion. See my travelogue on the gardens.

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  • Celsus Library

    Ephesus Favorites

    The Celsus Library, whose facade has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. 125 B.C.E. by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father C.Celsus - the General Governor of the Province of Asia, in the year 135 A.D. and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance -- so as to enhance its perceived...

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  • omayyad mosque

    Damascus Favorites

    Clean your feet, wash your sins...get ready to met God, get ready to pray Him... How to describe that feelings i felt?You understand me, always. No more secret between us, no more lies...the dirty is clean, now.

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  • No Freedom of Speech !

    Qatar Favorites

    Its not my favourite things but it is something which everyone should know that in Qatar the Emir (Ruler King) is very strict. He over threw his father's Government and became a King. The Rights of the people of Qatar are basically nothing towards their government. They can not speak against the Emir or its Policies AT ALL ! There is no freedom...

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  • mosques and other buildings

    Bahrain Favorites

    You must see the Bahrain Fort, placed in the northern end of the island. It's not a common tourist attraction, so it can be hard to find. Also you must try smoking a sheesha, you wont get high or anything. The most popular place to do this is 'Casa Blu' placed in adliya, near the Ferrari Centre. You cannot miss out on the souq no matter what. The...

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  • blue mosque

    Istanbul Favorites

    Take a quiet walk inside the blue mosque and be sure to sit down on the carpeted floor. I think the interior is best appreciated from a humble, low position, the height at which one would be praying. Look upwards, trying to ignore the bustle of tourists and admire the beauty of the place.

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  • Israeli Official guides / sites

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Your Own Pocket Concierge A new App that going to help to look the best places to be in the city! is called "Reserved" you can download it to your iPhone or android, it shows you the best restaurants and reserve table, explore the city nightlife bars, book a hotel room & flights, all of these in english and you can do it through the app. For...

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  • Outside the Wall

    Jerusalem Favorites

    Gehenna, gehinnam, or gehinnom are terms derived from a geographical site in Jerusalem known as the Valley of Hinnom, one of the two principal valleys surrounding the Old City. Gehenna is cited in the New Testament and in early Christian writing to represent the final place where the wicked will be punished or destroyed after resurrection. You...

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  • Jiddah Sea Port.

    Jiddah Favorites

    Given its operational capacity, Jeddah Islamic Seaport is one of the largest seaports worldwide. With its modern equipments, facilities and the introduction of a number of measures, this contributed to streamlining and organizing the work procedures under clear cut principles. Jeddah Seaport is now rated among the larges seaports in the world. The...

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  • Tourist Information Center

    Marmaris Favorites

    Take a look to marmaris guide sites. Marmaris Tourism Center İskele Meydanı (Ferry Jetty Square) Marmaris, Muga Turkey Hours: Mon–Fri 8.30am–7pm; summer open Sat & Sun Located right near the docks, the tourist center is sure to help you with all your needs. Unfortunately they do not appear to have a website. Three very comprehensive...

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  • Mosques

    Amman Favorites

    Islam is the state religion of Jordan but there is freedom of worship here as 10 percent of the population are christians of all denominations and a sprinkling of jews, druze and alawites. There are lots of Mosques around amman with different designs and architectural styles, mirroring the different periods of occupation of Jordan. The largest of...

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  • Sailing

    Bodrum Favorites

    Bodrum is such a great place for sailing in. There are loads of Islands dotted all over the peninsular that you can pull up to and sail to. One such Island is opposite Kadikalesi and Turgutries. I like to call it the double humped Island but im sure it has a proper name! I was sailing there last summer with a company called PURE...

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  • Mount Carmel Area

    Haifa Favorites

    go up to the Carmel mt by the cablein bat galim! visit the st of panorama where you can see the whole city underneath you can also go to the beach and have food by the sea side in the little caffes or restaurants as well as swimming eating shawarma and falafell with my family ini hadar!

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  • Curettes Road

    Ephesus Favorites

    It is the small portion of the sacred way, running between the Celsus Library and the Hercules Gate. It took its name from the class of priests referred to as "curettes" in long lists found at the clerical school of priests. Colonnaded galleries with mosaics on the floor were located on both sides of the street with a roof to protect the...

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  • new town

    Damascus Favorites

    Central Damascus is the modern heart of the city to the west of the Old City. It is characterised by medium-high rise office and apartment blocks topped with a sea of satellite dishes, small shops, big roundabouts, street vendors, roads full of small Chinese and Korean cars and hazy air, which is usually polluted enough for you to notice it. This...

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  • Qatar as a Peninsula

    Qatar Favorites

    Requirements of a Quality School The board should believe that the function of formal education is to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and to enable each student to participate effectively and responsibly in a changing world. The board should recognize the critical role of parents, businesses, and the community in helping individual...

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  • Visas, maps & paperwork

    Bahrain Favorites

    Malta, Australia and US passport holders dont need to get Visas, they issued on arrival. The only weird thing was that US, Australian - got 3weeks visa and Malta passport holder only 3 days! hmm... they couldnt explain why, but this was very strange.. Never mind, 3 days was enough to start with :)

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  • Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul Favorites

    Turkish: Ayasofya, Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia) is a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, now a museum, in Istanbul, Turkey. Famous in particular for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the...

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  • Dizengoff St.

    Tel Aviv-Yafo Favorites

    Dizengoff Square certainly is one of Tel Aviv's most distinctive squares. All the guides will tell you that it is pedestrianized -- I have found this to be a bit misleading. Truth is, there are streets from all directions and especially Dizengoff Street bisects the square. With the red-white painted curbs it looks more like the Monaco F1 racecourse...

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  • The Quarters

    Jerusalem Favorites

    The Jewish Quarter is one of the four traditional quarters of the Old City. The Quarter is situated in the southeastern corner of the Old City. You can enter it through the Zion Gate or the Dung Gate or through the Jaffa Gate passing along the Armenian Quarter. The most interesting sites there: the Western Wall Plaza, Cardo Street, Hurva Synagogue,...

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  • Jiddah Corniche

    Jiddah Favorites

    Jiddah is so great city with it,s market and malls and many types of people , but generally all of people need some rest so they go to cournesh area it,s close from sea . you can walk and enjoy with the sea landscape and the city

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  • Icmeler Bay

    Marmaris Favorites

    Have a trip on the FINDING NEMO BOAT! Fun for all the family and its very safe for FAMILYS! you can email them on findingnemoboat@yahoo.com Children are especially welcome and the foods fantastic! The boat is yours privately and will take you to all the best places = with NO LOUD MUSIC! BLUE SKYES, THE WAVES GENTLY LAPPING THE SIDES OF THE BOAT =...

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  • Roman Theater

    Amman Favorites

    Visit the Theater in downtown Amman. It's about 5JD for a guided tour. It's not necessary, but it was nice. The guide was an old fellow, with very few teeth, but very nice and very knowledgeable. Wandering around the small market that is about 200 meters from the Roman ruins. Several good food stalls there...

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  • Grand Theatre

    Ephesus Favorites

    The most magnificent structure in Ephesus ancient city, the great Theatre is located on the slope of Panayir Hill, opposite the Harbor Street, and easily seen when entering from the south entrance to Ephesus. It was first constructed in the Hellenistic Period, in the third century BC during the reign of Lysimachos, but then during the Roman Period,...

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