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Vietnamese Water Opera

Vietnamese Water Opera

Or water puppets, as they call them. First developed from bored peasants in the paddy fields of north Vietnam, this is one of the unique attractions you might find in Hanoi. The main stage is locate by the north corner of Hoan Kiem lake. Showings start at 3pm, so there is no point in showing up any earlier. No visits yetRelated Posts Extinction events in Ashby st Ledgers Ashby st Ledgers, seat of the ‘gunpowder plot’ of 1605. I cycled…

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Trip to yellow mountain – Huangshan Hot Springs

Trip to yellow mountain – Huangshan Hot Springs

You’ll find the Huangshan Hot Springs a short ride down from the west entrance to the park. Buy a ticket on the bus for 8 yuan. Alternatively , walk down , it’s 1.5km and signposted. I’d done enough walking for the day.° Best Western – Huangshan Hot Springs These springs are run by Best Western. A hotel chain that Franchises residences worldwide. They aren’t the best hotels, but they do have a good general standard. Some of them are in…

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Religious sites in Egypt/Jordan/Israel

Religious sites in Egypt/Jordan/Israel

I intend to keep this up to date; giving clear GPS fixes of the most important religious sites in Egypt. Mount Sinai Where Moses received the ten Commandments. Located: 28.539 33.975 Monastery of St. Anthony The oldest surviving monastery. Located: 28.936 32.352 Towns of Sodom & Gomorrah God’s destruction upon early buggers. View Larger Map Dead Sea Scrolls Testament by the Essenes to the Second Coming of Christ.  Located: 31.77369 35.2039 Church of the Nativity Site of the Birth of…

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Church of the Nativity – Bethlehem

Church of the Nativity – Bethlehem

KML 31.70431 35.20736 Or Bet Lehem if you are catching a bus. This is one of the most sacred cites for X-tians as it represents the spot where Jesus was brought into this world through the virgin Mary. I travelled up here by taxi which cost 60Nsi. There are no buses all the way and the taxi driver tells me it’s violent compared with Jerusalem a 10 minute journey away. History Again, like the Church of the Sepulcher, this was…

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Jerusalem – Old City

Jerusalem – Old City

So much to see within the City Walls, it’s an experience in itself. Old City is built in a valley, made up of a series of walkways, divided to 4 quarters reflecting the religious persuasion of that sections inhabitants. I’ve devoted my attention to visiting the three most important sites in Jerusalem Old City:- Jews – The Wailing Wall [Part of the Holy Temple of David site of the Holy Holies] Christians – The Church of the Sepulcher [Built on…

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Israel Museum

Israel Museum

KML 31.77369 35.2039 Located in West Jerusalem in amongst the government buildings, rose gardens and bird watching sanctuaries, the museum of Israel has a small number of exhibits of particular interest. Airy breaking up You could be forgiven for thinking you were in an ornamental gardens for there seems to be a certain pride here for all things green. but the gardens are light and airy breaking up the different sections of the museum. The ‘all in good time exhibition’…

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Be kind to Strangers – The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah

Be kind to Strangers – The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah

Perhaps this is a story for Israeli Intelligence who striped me and swabbed my stuff for 6 hours on my first entry to Israel. Background The Tale of Sodom and Gomorrah is based on two towns of around the dead sea basin. Now no longer in existence. It goes a little something like this.. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth…

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Map of Petra Site

Map of Petra Site

Here’s a map of Petra. If you are visiting the site, I suggest you print this map out. They didn’t have any in English when I visited. Map of Petra 1 Djin Blocks 10 Corinthian Tomb 19 Qasr Al-Bint 28 High Palace of Sacrifice 2 Obelisk Tomb 11 Palace Tomb 20 Unfinished Tomb 29 Lion Monument 3 Al-Siq 12 Sextus Florentinus Tomb 21 Al-Habees Museum 30 Garden Temple Complex 4 The Treasury 13 House of Dorotheos 22 Petra Archeological Museum…

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Petra Jordan

Petra Jordan

KML 30.321 35.463 Recently ascribed Wonder of the World status, Petra is a city carved entirely out of limestone rock. The Nabateans who used to run camel trains from Egypt to India had their empire based here, once numbering over 30,000 inhabitants. The city lay undiscovered up until the 1812 when Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt,  conned local Arabs into letting him into the sacred complex to visit the tomb of Aaron. Dressed as an Arab, he returned with news…

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Hurghada – Diving on the Reef

Hurghada – Diving on the Reef

KML 27.1973 33.84475 To re-enforce my recently bourne skills, I’ve taken time out to come here to Hurghada Egypt’s second resort after Sharm-el-Sheik. I’ve paid €47 for a full days diving with equipment and £2.70 for lunch. We dive two reefs, Moon Reef then Umm Gammar reef. I witness some stunning fish and coral, but only manage one picture, of my dive buddy Iressa from Lebanon. If you wish to check out diving at Hurghada, I can recommend the company,…

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