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A Revealing Day in Nosy Be, Madagascar

A Stop in Nosy Be, Madagascar April 28, 2023 We arrived at Nosy Be, Madagascar on the 27th of April. (The island country is officially known as the Republic of Madagascar.) To put this visit in perspective, it is necessary to consider one overriding  fact, namely that Madagascar is  one of the poorest countries in […]

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The Seychelles

On to the Seychelles April 26, 2023 The Republic of the Seychelles, as it is officially known, is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean consisting of 115 islands. Its capital and largest city is Victoria which also happens to be the smallest capital city in the world measured by population. In fact at just under […]

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Last Stop in the Middle East: Oman

Salalah,  Oman April 25, 2023 Our last stop in the Middle East was Salalah, Oman. Salalah is the 3rd largest city in Oman, which is officially known as the Sultanate of Oman. It is one of the only two Sultanates in the world, the other being Brunei.  Salalah (pop about 200,000) is the capital city […]

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Visiting Abu Dhabi

More on the Middle East — Abu Dhabi April 24, 2023 After visiting Dubai we sailed over to Abu Dhabi — the capital city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is the second largest city of the UAE, after Dubai. As of 2018 the population of Abu Dhabi was about 1.8 million people. However, […]

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Exploring the Middle East: Dubai

The Middle East: Exploring Dubai April 23, 2023 We flew from Delhi (where is was 102 degrees) on Saturday the 15th to  relatively hospitable Dubai where it was a refreshing 75 degrees. The next day we were on a walking tour of Old Dubai.  We first marched through the Bastakiya area that features the “Creek” […]

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On the Road to Jaipur, India

On the Road to Jaipur April 22, 2023 We got up and boarded the coach to Jaipur fairly early. There was no lack of cows on the main road, for which the other vehicles made way.  Along the way we stopped at a rural village named Abhaneri to see its historic step well.  Stepwells were […]

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Fort Agra — India

April 12, 2023 The Agra Fort After visiting the Taj Mahal in the morning we made our way over to the Agra Fort, about 2.5 kilometers away. Also known as Agra’s Red Fort, it was built by Mughai Emperor Akbar. Construction commenced in 1565 and was completed in 1573. (They didn’t have the EPA to […]

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The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra India, is widely thought to be one of the most beautiful buildings ever created. Made of marble, it was built by King Shah Jahan, who took control of the Mughal Empire in 1628. The mausoleum is dedicated to the King’s enduring love for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in […]

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India — Overall Impressions

India – there aren’t enough words to describe it.  Some impressions.   In the course of 6 days in India, we saw only a small part of this country, and yet enough to fascinate us and make us want to see more.  Since there are not enough words to adequately describe our experience, and we […]

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