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Middle East » United Arab Emirates » Dubai April 19th 1997

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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem July 14th 1996

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Middle East » Israel May 22nd 1996

At the time I visited Israel in 1996, I was not a very spiritual person. Perhaps I am still not. But I know that after this visit, I came home a changed person. Still a 'work in progress'. But one's got to try. I have said rosaries every now and then before, and I say them almost daily now. And this time, I 'feel' every passion in each rosary bead. Covering Israel is very much like saying the rosary every hour every day. The passion of Christ in each and every rosary bead is most felt in this Holy Land. Heretofore I would recite the rosary in an almost mechanical fashion. But now, I can picture the very image of each and every mystery and feel the presence of our Saviour in a most spiritual way. ... read more
Jerusalem
Caesaria, Israel
Caesaria's Amphitheater

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul May 14th 1996

Coming to Istanbul was a very pleasant surprise. Straddling both Europe and Asia, we motored through rural landscapes to the Turkish border till we reached Turkey's small European foothold to Istanbul. Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in the year 330 when Constantine the Great made it the capital of the Roman Empire. After the Ottoman conquest, this Byzantine city along the Bosphorous was renamed Istanbul in the 15th century. Geographically, Istanbul remains the gateway between East and West, Orient and Occident, Christian and Islamic worlds, Black Sea and the Mediterranean. It was very cold and windy when we got here. Despite the chill, we were game enough to board a small boat and cruise the Bosphorous Canal. I still remember our Turkish guide, Ahmed. I remember some of ... read more
Dolmabahce Palace
Beylerbeyi Palace
Flowers In Istanbul

Middle East » Cyprus » Paphos December 25th 1995

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Pamukkale November 1st 1995

Hello my fellow travellers! This is an old trip I did with my parents and my uncle, Anders in 1995. One of my fondest memories from this trip, which was my first time in the Middle East, is from when we were vising the Roman Forum that date from when Side was the capital of the Roman province Pamphylia. Not only did I get to witness the magnificence of the Roman Empire for the first time but right next to the ruins was two camels with their handlers. I was absolutely ecstatic and rushed over there only get thrown on top of a camel before the count of one. The rest of my family was far more reserved and started haggling about prices and eventually a deal was struck and all of us soon found ourselves ... read more
My Parents at the Roman Forum
Fakir Show
My Parents and Me

Middle East July 10th 1995

My first time in the Middle East was in the clear, dry light of Amman. I stayed in a small hotel in "downtown" Amman. The noise was constant, muezzins in the middle of the night, when sleep is deep. And then the desert all around, starting with Amman itself, all bright buildings on the hills, all made of yellow stones. And then the hills descending towards the Dead Sea. And then the flat desert plain towards the East. Desert people are straight. As if life could be reduced to a few absolute values, even they can lead you to your perdition. For me, all the Middle East is there. Time, fidelity (or rather, honesty), welcome, honour. These are values of the desert. Go back to the sea and you find another world. One returns to agitation. ... read more
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Middle East » Israel » Jerusalem District » Jerusalem November 14th 1993

h2Nov 14, 1993 *City official name :Jerusalem *Founded date : *Location :Jerusalem Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Jerusalem (Hebrew: יְרוּשָׁלַיִם (help·info), Yerushaláyim or Yerushalaim; Arabic: القُدس (help·info), al-Quds ("the Holy"); official Arabic in Israel: أورشليم القدس, Urshalim-al-Quds (combining the Biblical and common usage Arabic names) is the capital and largest city of the State of Israel with a population of 724,000 (as of May 24, 2006) contained in 123 km². An ancient Middle Eastern city on the watershed between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea at an elevation of 650-840 metres (about 2000-2500 feet), Jerusalem is lo... read more
Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Jerusalem

Middle East » Israel November 14th 1993

Nov 14, 1993 *City official name :Bethlehem *Founded date : *Location :West Bank Province *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Bethlehem (Arabic بيت لحم Bayt Laḥm (help·info) "house of meat"; Standard Hebrew בית לחם "house of bread", Bet léḥem / Bet láḥem; Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ léḥem / Bêṯ lāḥem; Greek: Βηθλεέμ) is a city in the West Bank under Palestinian Authority considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism industries. The city has great significance for Christianity as it is the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The traditional site of Rachel's tomb, which is an important holy site in Judaism, lies at the city's outskirts. Bethlehem is also home to... read more
Bethlehem
Bethlehem
Bethlehem

Middle East » Israel » Haifa District » Haifa November 14th 1993

Nov 14, 1993 *City official name :Haifa *Founded date : *Location :Haifa District *Elavation :? ft (? m) *Area :Approximately ? square miles (? km²). *Facts :Haifa (Hebrew חֵיפָה Ḥefa; Arabic حَيْفَا Ḥayfā (help·info)) is the main city of northern Israel and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of about 267,800 (as of May 2006). It and areas and towns around it are deemed to be in the Haifa District. It is a seaport, located below and on Mount Carmel, and lies on the Mediterranean coast. The city's sole official romanization Haifa and the common English pronunciation /ˈhaɪ.fə/ are based on the Arabic name Ḥayfā, whilst the unused Standard Hebrew name is Ḥefa, and the local Hebrew pronunciation is... read more
Haifa
Haifa
Haifa




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