My Middle East / Near East / Central Asia trips
I don’t know Qatar though I have spent a few hours in Doha awaiting a connecting flight. As Qatar Airways has a direct flight to Maldives, I decide to make a brief stop-over in this rich Gulf country after Lebanon.
January 2 &3, 2016: Tyre, Maghdouché, Sidon & Baalbak, Lebanon; January 4-6, Doha, Qatar
December 29, 2015 – January 1, 2016: Beirut, Jeita, Harissa & Byblos I have always been fascinated by Lebanon, home to a civilisation going back to around 3500 BC. Being one of the oldest countries in the world, it boasts a rich pre-Biblical history with five World Heritage Sites.
Israel: Nazareth, Sea of Galilee and Acre February 23-25
Israel: Jerusalem February 17 – 22
Israel: Tel Aviv and Jaffe February 14-16 Holy Land, the area where the State of Israel is today, is holy for all Abrahamic religions including Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Bahὰ’i Faith. It has been on my bucket list for decades. I was thrilled when I landed in Israel and met my Israeli friends, Nilly and … Continue reading
Both the Silk Road and the Balkans have long been on my wish list. Finally I have come to see these two fascinating regions. Comparing with my 72- day overland journey to nine West African countries earlier this year, this 52-day trip to ten countries in Central Asia and the Balkan Peninsula is smooth, … Continue reading
30- day Overland: Day 28 – 30
30-day Overland: Day 26-27 Turkmenistan with 80% of its territory covered in the Karakum (Black Sand) Desert has the world’s fourth largest natural gas reserve. The world famous pure blood Akhal-Teke horse (known as ‘blood sweat horse’ in Chinese) comes from this region. It has three World Heritage Sites including Merv – an oasis-city on … Continue reading
30-day overland trip: Day 25-26