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  • Gettin’ High in Cappadocia: Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey

    Gettin’ High in Cappadocia: Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey

    Sep 9, 2013 Turkey

    All I could hear was the gentle breeze softly whispering past the hot air balloon and the occasional whoosh of the flame filling the ballon, as we soared on smooth streams of air. The warm sun breached the nearby plateau casting a warm, encompassing glow …

  • 10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

    10 Things To Do With Kids In Jerusalem

    Aug 14, 2013 Israel

    It’s such a big city with so much to do. It will have your head spinning. Since you may not have 2 months to enjoy the Holy Land I have prepared our must-see things to do in Jerusalem to make life so much easier for you. Enjoy!

  • Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Gallivanting on the Golan Heights

    Aug 6, 2013 Israel

    On our second day in Nazareth we decided to do the popular Golan Heights tour. This included popular Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Banias Nature Reserve, Mount Bental & the Sea of Galilee- where Jesus (I couldn't) walked on water.

  • The Lost City of Petra: Sublime Sandstone Sanctuary

    The Lost City of Petra: Sublime Sandstone Sanctuary

    Aug 1, 2013 Jordan

    Looking up at the legendary “Treasury”, the intimidating hand-carved façade shaded from the scorching mid-day desert sun by the surrounding sandstone cliff, it was easy to understand why it belonged in the New Seven Wonders. One word could only describe i…

  • Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Nimrod’s Fortress & The Little-Known Life of Jews: Weekend In The Kibbutz

    Aug 1, 2013 Israel

    Why is a fortress that was built by Muslims in the 1200’s named after a Biblical character? Who knows! But this ancient ruin is definitely one of the best preserved icons in Israel and probably one of the most underrated due to it’s remote location. But t…

  • You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    You Won't Believe What’s Happening in Nazareth!

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    It’s not very often we are so shocked by our own misconceptions of a town. Clearly, we didn’t know about the surprise that awaited us in Nazareth.

  • Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Don’t Make This Same Mistake at Mitzpe Ramon

    Jul 28, 2013 Israel

    I’ll admit it. I made the classic traveller’s mistake of not doing enough research before visiting a new town, in this case, Mitzpe Ramon. Erin already had done her reading and knew exactly what to expect, but I was in the dark. This was going to be the b…

  • The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    The Royal Treatment at Hilton Eilat, Queen of Sheba

    Jul 24, 2013 Israel

    After a rough few days the royal treatment was just what we needed and where else could we expect that then in Eilat, on the Red Sea, at the Hilton. You won't believe the temperature though...

  • The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    The Shameful Reason Why I Would Visit Bethlehem Again

    Jul 21, 2013 Palestinian Territories

    It wasn’t that I was looking for peace. But I did expect some kind of “wow” moment. Some kind of spiritual release or holy epiphany. After all, Jesus was my Saviour too. Instead there is only one reason I would go back to Bethlehem and it doesn’t have any…

  • The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

    The Dead Sea - Kid's Worst Nightmare or Dream Come True?

    Jul 19, 2013 Israel

    You could see their brains working – tick, tick, tick. The confusion behind my daughter’s bright blue eyes as she considered what we had just said. Were we joking? Did we mean it? Could they really pick up mud and put it all over themselves, play with it,…

  • Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Could Hostels Really be for Families?

    Jul 17, 2013 Israel

    We have never stayed in a hostel. Not in my time travelling as a solo. Not in my time travelling as a couple. And never with kids. In my mind hostels are roaches and thin mattresses, drunken people making too much noise and shady characters stealing your …

  • Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Israeli Initiation: What To Eat, Do & Wear

    Jul 16, 2013 Israel

    Our introduction to Israel. Where we stayed, what we drove, what we ate & a few minor details, like bacon, sleeveless tops and shop-free-zone Saturday.

  • Boston Knocks A Home Run: Friends, Food & Fun

    Boston Knocks A Home Run: Friends, Food & Fun

    Jul 12, 2013 Northeast, USA

    A weekend visiting a remarkable family we met in Belize. One of those weekends where it was more about the people then the place. Although we certainly enjoyed some of Boston.

  • Ever Ridden on the Back of a Duck in Seattle?

    Ever Ridden on the Back of a Duck in Seattle?

    Jul 11, 2013 Northwest, USA

    There could not have been a more fun or informative way to see Seattle than the Ride the Ducks tour. We have never done this type of tour before and I am so very glad Seattle was our first because it was simply the best. On top of that it was also one of …

  • A Rare Live Performance by TWB Monsters at the EMP Museum, Seattle

    A Rare Live Performance by TWB Monsters at the EMP Museum, Seattle

    Jul 10, 2013 Northwest, USA

    When researching what to do in Seattle the first thing that popped to mind was the EMP Museum. Fun for the whole family including Mums and Dads... plus we get to be in a rock band!

  • Jordan

    Jordan

    Jul 9, 2013 Destinations

    Cheap, wonderful Jordan. Neighbouring country to Israel and home of one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra.

  • Palestinian Territories

    Palestinian Territories

    Jul 3, 2013 Destinations

    Separating "Palestine" as a separate country on our blog won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we needed some sort of objective benchmark and used Wikipedia's "list of sovereign states" as a guide.

  • Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 10 - 14

    Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 10 - 14

    Jun 30, 2013 Northwest, USA

    The final story of our epic journey from San Francisco to Seattle and back again. This post takes us from day 10 to 14 with caving in Lava Beds National Monument, fun in Lake Tahoe with new friends and the most amazing natural fun you can have at Yosemit…

  • Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 6 - 9

    Pacific Northwest Mega Road Trip, Day 6 - 9

    Jun 29, 2013 Northwest, USA

    Part two of our epic journey from San Francisco to Seattle and back again. This post takes us from day 6 to 9 with a day in Seattle, getting the tyres fixed in some little US town, outdoor cinemas in Roseburg, off the grid camping at the Lava Beds Nationa…

  • How We Slept in Our

    How We Slept in Our "Car" for Two Weeks

    Jun 29, 2013 Northwest, USA

    After travelling New York to Florida on our East USA road trip, we were told several times that the Pacific North West was even prettier and we had to do it. Having never been camper vanning before we thought that would be a neat way to see all the natura…