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The Aqueduct of Segovia – Ancient Rome’s Legacy in Spain

The aqueduct of Segovia is ancient Rome’s indisputable legacy in Spain. The towering aqueduct is synonymous with the old town of Segovia. You can’t mention the city’s name without identifying it with this arched aqueduct. The city of Segovia, as legend has it, was founded by Hercules, the son of the Roman

Alcazar de Segovia – A Fairytale-like Castle Before Disney

Before Disney, there was Alcazar de Segovia. If you look at it near and far, the castle resembles of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland. You can’t leave Segovia without seeing and getting into the heart of Spain’s most famous castle. The structure wasn’t really meant to be a castle. It was

The Hanging Church in Cairo – Virgin Mary Appeared Here

You might have heard of the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” but you’ve never heard of the Hanging Church in Cairo. The former was one of the 7 Wonders of the World, while the latter was once the seat of the papacy of the Orthodox Church. This tiny church is known

Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead

The Saqqara Pyramids in the City of the Dead are the burial grounds of Memphis, Egypt’s ancient capital. This place is also known and spelled as Sakkara or Saccara. Unlike the Great Pyramids of Giza, the ones you see here are smaller but older than the former. Off-the-beaten track While tourists

Casa Pedrera – The House That Looks Like an Open Quarry

In Barcelona, there’s a house that the locals fondly call Casa Pedrera (or the Quarry). If you look at its facade, it really looks like a rugged quarry. However, its original name was Casa Mila. Anton Gaudi, Catalan’s most beloved architect, built it for the wealthy Mila Family. This house

Time Stands Still at Seville Real Alcazar

Seville Real Alcazar will never fail to enchant you. The palace is magnificent, from its roof to the walls to the ground and to the gardens. The tile works, the designs, and the architectural delicateness of arches and carvings will blow your mind away. The rooms are even more stunning

Inside Catedral de Sevilla – The World’s Largest Gothic Cathedral

Catedral de Sevilla boggles the mind. Not only incredibly huge but also unbelievably magnificent inside! It’s the most stunning cathedral I’ve ever been to so far. Everything is incredibly gorgeous, from the dome ceilings to the columns and marble floors! I honestly had goosebumps as soon as I got in

The Roman Ruins of Volubilis

The Roman ruins of Volubilis is a testament that the area was once a progressive city that held power and might. The imposing pillars and arches show grandeur of Roman architectural style. The ruins are reminders that the Romans were there, settled, conquered it – and vanished. Today, the Roman

Marrakech Medina is an Assault to the Senses

Marrakech medina is an assault to the senses. The souk is a visual feast of colours – from clothes to shoes to spices and jewelries. Yes, it’s a shopping paradise for those who love colours, moorish designs and fashion. The best thing about this souk is that the vendors are

Karnak Temple – The World’s Largest Open-Air Museum

Karnak Temple in Luxor is both an interesting and photogenic archaeological site. There are so many things to discover here, and in fact, I saw a few people in the area still digging and brushing important stones/relics that could help them understand further the history of the country. This is a

Al Farid – Alone But Beautiful

The Al Farid / Al Fareed is a monolith away from the other rocks at Madain Saleh, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia. How it ended up alone and far from the other massive sandstones may not be a mystery, but it indeed has an exciting story

Qasr Al Saneh – A Nabatean Architectural Wonder

When visiting Madain Saleh (in Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Province), Qasr Al Saneh would be a good place to start learning about the Nabatean architecture which is richly obvious in the carved tombs you’ll see everywhere around the area. If you’ve been to Petra in Jordan, the architectural wonder you’ll find in

Qasr Al Bint – Palace of the Daughter or Maiden

The Qasr Al Bint is a group of tombs dedicated to the women of ancient times. It is translated as the “Palace of the Daughter or Maiden.” It has, too, the largest tomb facade in the entire Madain Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One interesting tomb here is the one occupied and

Athleb Mountain – The Skyscrapers of Madain Saleh

Just outside the barbed wire fence of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Madain Saleh, in Saudi Arabia, is the towering Athleb Mountain. They’re a breathtakingly gorgeous wonder that withstood the burning temperature of the desert. Related Read: Things to do and see at Madain Saleh  Athleb Mountain is just a

Where to watch the Grand Canyon Sunset

I arrived at the Grand Canyon at 2:15 in the afternoon from Flagstaff. The Arizona Shuttle Bus dropped me off at Maswik Lodge and from there I got on the Blue Bus Line to the Grocery Store. I had my late lunch at the cafe inside. Later, I collected the
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