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Exploring the medina of Marrakech

  • August 12, 2018
Exploring the medina of Marrakech

The red city of Marrakech in Morocco is an eternally inspirational attraction for writers, storytellers, painters, photographers and film makers. The authenticity of the medina (an area of a city or town with narrow roads which is car free and can date back hundreds of years) has survived with its medieval heart largely intact despite the arrival of new modern cafés and restaurants. The refurbished and modernized riads (traditional Moroccan house or palace with a courtyard) in the heart of old medina have managed to capture the same vibe of old fifteenth century palaces by keeping their traditional architecture.

To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Marrakech click here.

THE BATTLE FIELDS OF KHUZESTAN

  • July 24, 2018
THE BATTLE FIELDS OF KHUZESTAN

I arrived in Ahvaz, the capital city of the south western Iranian province of Khuzestan a few days after the end of the Iranian New Year. Holidaymakers had already returned home and roads were less crowded. It was the beginning of spring and the weather was very mild and pleasant.

Khuzestan is famous for the richness of it’s resources, namely oil, gas and the resulting petrochemical products. However, if you scratch the surface of this wealthy province you will discover stories that span over a thousand years of history.

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To view the photo gallery of Khuzestan click here.

Innsbruck, Austria’s ‘Capital of the Alps’

  • June 30, 2018
Innsbruck, Austria’s ‘Capital of the Alps’

Innsbruck, the capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, boasts a remarkable combination of culture and heritage ranging from the medieval to the renaissance, all of which is coupled with winter sports, summer hiking, and other adventure activities.

Innsbruck emerged as a European political hub of cultural importance in the 15th century when Emperor Maximilian I chose the city as his imperial residence. Its rich architectural masterpieces, such as Hofkirche (Court Church), the Imperial Palace, and the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), are his legacy and that of his successors.

To read more visit Theepochtimes.com or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Innsbruck click here.

An introduction to Fez

  • June 9, 2018
An introduction to Fez

The Moroccan city of Fez – a two and half hour flight from London – should be added to your bucket list. In just a short journey you step into a completely different history and culture.

The oldest part of Fez was built in the eighth century on the banks of the Fez River which flows from west to the east through the low hills of the Atlas Mountains. Today, much of the city is modern with many palm tree lined boulevards and wide highways circling the new Ville Nouvell urbanisation embracing the jewel of Medina.

To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Fez click here.

Music in the Air in Salzburg, Austria

  • May 24, 2018
Music in the Air in Salzburg, Austria

Nestled in the alpine mountains along the Salzach River, Salzburg is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the birthplace of Mozart, and the fourth largest city in Austria.

I arrived in Salzburg last July when its renowned music festival was in full swing. The Salzburg Festival takes place each summer and people from many parts of the world visit, with some returning year after year. This year the festival runs from July 20 until the end of August.

To read more visit Theepochtimes.com or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Salzburg click here.

Cinnamon Bey Hotel, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

  • May 11, 2018
Cinnamon Bey Hotel, Beruwala, Sri Lanka

I was in the Southwest of Sri Lanka, traveling along the coastal road. I explored the area around Hikkaduwa and visited the historical city of Galle while I spent one night in the Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon Hotel.

I had a long day walking around the fortification of Galle, a UNESCO World heritage site, which has been a fort around a unique old town standing across the ocean. There was a watchtower standing by the gate to the city. The city’s alleys were lively and electric, filled by the noise of children playing football. The older men were sitting by the shops chatting or hanging around or praying inside the mosque. I saw a large group of women who were coming out of a Muslim cultural centre after a gathering or talk. There were also a large crowd of locals and tourists walking along the coastline.

To read more visit silvertraveladvisor.com or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Cinnamon Bey Hotel, Beruwala click here.

Innsbruck: Maximilian I’s legacy

  • April 21, 2018
Innsbruck: Maximilian I’s legacy

Innsbruck, as the name implies, is “a bridge over the River Inn,” and has flourished as an important crossing point since the twelfth century. The town was grown around the bridge because, being nestled in the Inn valley, it provided the easiest and fastest transit route across the Alps.

Being such an obvious crossing point, many guesthouses, bars and restaurants were established to serve visitors. It brought large revenues and prosperity to the city and, today, Innsbruck has kept that importance but attuned itself to demands in the modern time in different ways.

To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Innsbruck click here.

Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace

  • March 19, 2018
Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace

The city of Salzburg, (it means “Salt Castle”) is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the birthplace of Mozart and is the fourth largest city in Austria.

It nestles in the mountainous alpine foreland along the Salzach River. The setting of the old town with stylish medieval architecture and gentle decorative facades has kept the soul of the city tuned like a calm, peaceful musical composition. Salzburg is an attraction not just because of its most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, because there is music in the air in every lane and passage, but because of the diverse cultural heritage throughout the city.

To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Salzburg click here.

A Visit to Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park

  • March 16, 2018
A Visit to Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park

Sri Lanka, described by Marco Polo as “undoubtedly the finest island in the world,” is a mysterious land with a hint of Africa in its wildlife combined with the intriguing lifestyle and traditions of India.

Beyond the island’s sandy beaches lie some of the most unique and best-preserved nature reserves in the world, many of which date back to colonial times and earlier.

To read more visit Theepochtimes.com or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Sri Lanka click here.

My search for leopards in Sri Lanka

  • February 24, 2018
My search for leopards in Sri Lanka

The island of Sri Lanka – known to some as the jewel of Asia – is a mini Africa located in the Indian Ocean. I say this because it is a mysterious land with a similar wildlife to Africa but it combines that with the intriguing life style and traditions of India. Beyond the sandy beaches of the island lie the landscapes of  some of the best-preserved nature reserves in the world. There are several national parks in the north for example Wilpattu National Park; in the centre (Minneriya National Park and Maduru Oya National Park) and in the south – Yala National Park.

To read more visit Justabouttravel.net or click here.

To view the photo gallery of Sri Lanka click here.