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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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Visiting Goa India

A Short Visit to a Tiny Indian State April 18, 2023 We began 6 days in India on April 10, 2023 with a short trip to the state of Goa. It is India’s wealthiest state with a GDP per capita ($7,300) about 2.5 times that of the rest of the country. Among other places, we […]

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A Resort in the Maldives

A Day in the Maldives April 9, 2023 Happy Easter Everyone! We spent Saturday—Holy Saturday actually—in the Maldives at the Cinnamon Dhonveli Resort in Kanuharaa. Tourism is a very important part of the Maldives economy. The  Cinnamon Dhonveli Resort where we went is a rather tony upscale affair. The physical location is gorgeous; the establishment […]

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Short Day in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka April 6, 2023 We spent a short day in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the way to the Maldives. Colombo is the capital. Among other things we visited the National Museum, the Samudra Hotel and the Gangaramaya Temple. We saw native dancers at the port and believe it or not, several snake charmers.  Formerly […]

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