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Born between the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains and the warm Indian Ocean, childhood memories include family road trips to the Western Cape, South West Africa (now Namibia), Mpumalanga (Blyde River Canyon, Kruger and Lowveld), Swaziland (now eSwatini), and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. Years later, married with my own kids, I came to understand just how uniquely special family time is when spent under the African skies. Sitting around a fire, after an invigorating game drive and sumptuous bush dinner, listening to the African bush with sounds all around. And that is just South Africa! Add to this the vibrancy and vastness of the rest of Africa, and the Middle East... a true melting pot of cultures and traditions and the promise of unforgettable experiences that I know, I carry forever. One never really leaves Africa. A part of it stays with you, as much as a part stays behind.

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    A favorable currency conversion for most tourists makes South Africa an inviting holiday destination. Luxurious safari lodges, city lights, and sightseeing, award-winning food and wines, spectacular beaches, surfing, hiking, and wildlife. The Big Five might draw you there, but it is the people that will bring you back.


    Cinque Terre (five lands) is one of those magical places on earth where you have to pinch yourself to be sure you are not in a postcard. My favorite town is Manarola, and hiking from there to Vernazza to enjoy a sundowner while the sun sinks over the Mediterranean is unforgettable.


    The first time I visited Egypt, I knew very little about its ancient history. I simply enjoyed the vibrancy of Cairo, the Khan el-Khallili night market, the view from the Ramses Hilton, a Nile dinner cruise, and a visit to the Pyramids. Years later I now have a deep fascination for this truly awe-inspiring place on earth.


    Two memorable evenings jump to mind. Dinner at the water's edge in the old port town of Acre and dinner at the water's edge of the old port in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, with its ancient ruins and alleyways. On my next visit, I plan to immerse myself in the historically significant sites that eluded me in my more frivolous youth!

Did you know?

  • An animal spoor with antlion tracks inside is at least a day old. The antlion excavates its pit only at night.
  • There is a nativity scene across the whole hillside above Manarola that is lit up at night during Christmas time.
  • A straight line can be drawn linking the southwest corners of all 3 Giza pyramids with impressive precision.
  • Haifa's 19-terraced Holy Bahai gardens look across the bay to the similarly impressive Bahai gardens of Akko (Acre).