Cultural Travel - Like A Local

By Barbara Weibel | In 2007, I walked away from a successful corporate career to pursue my true passions of cultural travel, photography, and writing. I created this magazine to share my travel adventures, which are published on my blog, Hole in the Donut Cultural Travel (http://holeinthedonut.com), as well as those of other literate travel writers. Additionally, I'll be adding travel tips, advice, and news.

Surviving the Touts at the Temples and Tombs of Luxor, Egypt

I looked up from my yogurt and fresh fruit just as a wonderfully strange bird landed on the low wall around the rooftop of Beit Sabee Guest House. …

Egypt

PHOTO: Egyptian Traditional Bread Oven in Luxor, Egypt

On my way to the ancient tombs and temples in Luxor, Egypt, this woman invited me into her home to see her Egyptian traditional bread oven. The …

Egypt

Great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt

Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt is the second largest ancient religious site in the world, after the Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia. …

Egypt

The Enduring Culture of the Bedouins of Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

The boy couldn’t have been more than seven or eight years old but he seemed perfectly at ease with the Bedouin men sipping tea in the cafe at Petra, …

Travel

Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as Valley of the Moon

This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are often referred to as the Valley of the Moon. The the jaw-dropping …

Jordan

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with …

Deserts

How to Book a Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan

I sought the advice of friends on how to book a tour to Petra and Wadi Rum prior to traveling to Jordan. Everyone assured me that any hotel could …

Travel

Frozen Niagara Falls Connect New York and Canada

Shares 104<p>Recently I wrote a travel article on the top ten waterfalls in the U.S. for the Uptake.com attractions blog. A few days later I received an …

Tourism

Desolate and Stunning, the Desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan, quite simply, took my breath away. Located in the far southwest corner of the country, the desert landscapes were unlike anything I …

Jordan

Niagara Falls is a frigid, beautiful wonderland right now

It's bitterly cold across parts of the U.S. and Canada right now, and the freezing temps aren't going away anytime soon.<p>The bright side? Pretty …

Niagara Falls

Al Siq, the Flaming Gorge Leading to Petra, Jordan

In the late afternoon sun, the gorge known as Al Siq in Petra, Jordan, bursts into flame. The three-quarter mile long slot canyon is the main …

List-Worthy

The Treasury at Petra, Jordan, Carved Out of Solid Rock

The Treasury at Petra, Jordan, is one of the most magnificent archaeological sites in the world. The structure was carved from solid rock by the …

Archaeology

Why the Atacama Salt Flats Are Like Nowhere Else on Earth

In northern Chile, a short drive south from the local capital of San Pedro, you'll find one of the world’s most alluring treasures: the Atacama Salt …

South America

30 Stunning Color Pictures of Venice From the 1890s

These astonishing images offer a rare brightly-colored glimpse of the beautiful plazas and intricate architecture of Venice in the 19th century.<br>The …

Europe

You Could Be One of the First People to Visit This Incredible Island

In this day and age, it’s increasingly impossible to go somewhere untouched or be one of the first to experience something.<p>But it's now possible to …

Greek Parthenon Perches Atop the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

The ancient Parthenon, a classic Greek temple to the goddess Athena, perches atop the massive rock outcropping known as the Acropolis in the center …

Wandering Around the Labyrinthine Souq Watif in Doha, Qatar

Over my past eleven years of round-the-world travel I’ve probably flown through Doha, Qatar, a dozen times. While I was intimately familiar with the …

Despite Dire State Department Warnings, It is Safe to Travel to Lebanon

The sun assaulted me at Baalbeck ruins in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Brilliant blue skies were perfect for viewing this world’s largest Roman temple, …

Lebanese Saj Flatbread is Made by Hand in Lebanon's Beqaa Valley

Google “Lebanese flatbread” and you will find more than half a million web sites, but the lion’s share of them discuss thicker breads that lie …

Large Palace at the Umayyad Archeological Site in Anjar, Lebanon

This large palace is one of the more impressive structures at the Umayyad archeological site in Anjar, Lebanon. The settlement, which was founded at …

Nicosia, Cyprus - the Last Divided Capital City in Europe

I’d come to Cyprus to wind down from my summer of travel. I was looking forward to a week of evening walks along the seaside promenade in Larnaca and …

Icons at the Saint Barnabas Monastery and Icon Museum in Cyprus

Saint Barnabas was born in Salamis, the ancient capital of Cyprus, to a Jewish family that had emigrated from Syria. As a young man he witnessed some …

Chicago's underground city that’s becoming a design star

Beneath Chicago’s dizzying skyline and urban parks is an airless, subterranean ‘neighbourhood’ that’s having its moment.<p>The only sounds came from strip lights fizzing in the ceiling and the slow, eerie echo of footsteps in the distance.<p>Aromas of coffee, grease and chlorine mingled in my nostrils as …

Ruins of the Ancient City-State of Salamis in Cyprus

On the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, these Corinthian columns mark the site of the ancient city-state of Salamis. Believed to have been founded in …

Go Swimming in the Brazilian Desert in These Lagoons That Appear Like Magic Every Year

Nobody can put on an event quite like nature.<p>Every year, the sand dunes at Lençóis Maranhenses National Park in Brazil collect rainwater from about …

Things to See in Bulgaria Beyond the Capital of Sofia

“Just call me Daisy,” she said. “You know, like in the movie Driving Miss Daisy.” Her name is actually Desislava Natzkova but, as she later explained …

The Ancient Roman Amphitheater in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The ancient Roman Amphitheater in Plovdiv is one of the most stunning sites in Bulgaria. Records show evidence of occupation in Plovdiv as far back …

Italy's wants tourists to venture further and explore hidden picturesque towns

Italy is drowning in an embarrassment of riches – from Venice to Florence, Naples to Rome, the country often features as a top destination on any traveller’s wish list. While all of this may be good for business, unsustainable levels of mass tourism are pushing locals out of some cities in the …

The Red Rocks of Belogradchik, Bulgaria Light Up at Sunset

The weird and fabulously formed rocks of Belogradchik, Bulgaria, turn fiery red at sunset. Composed of sandstone, limestone, and conglomerate, the …