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Tunisian is legendary for its mosaics.  Dating back to the Phoenician times, the Carthagians used mosaics in their homes to portray their wealth, depict important religious scenes, and contain protection spells and pictures for the home and the home’s occupants.  During the Roman period, Carthage touted the most lavish mosaics at Rome herself.  Today, the […]

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Tourism in the age of terrorism and how the landscape is changing driven more by fear than actual dangers. How has your perceptions changed the way you travel? “But isn’t fear of terrorist attacks, rationally speaking, completely overblown? From the sober perspective of statisticians and risk analysts, the answer is yes. The probability of falling […]

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Getting Started on Planning Your Trip to the Middle East and North Africa The Middle East and North Africa, also called the MENA region, is a region of the world filled with a long, rich history, complex and interesting cultures, wonderful cuisine (for you foodie’s out there), stunning natural wonders and friendly locals. Many sites […]

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Traveling evokes a sense of escape, wonder, and adventure. Packing for travel: not so much. The act of getting from here to there has become for most of us laborious, expensive, and uncomfortable. And more so for women, who often have to make allowances for makeup, hair styling products and tools, and sanitary items—all things […]

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Now that it’s raining in Marrakech and I have a forced “night in,” I have a chance to post an update on my 150 days on the road across North Africa and the Middle East. ———————– Deep timbered vocals boom through the tightly packed buildings of Marrakech’s Medina. It’s 5am and the call to prayer […]

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