Tried and True International Travel Tips

I saw a similar list on an internet forum and thought I would add our take to it. These are our lessons and what we’ve learned through our travel experiences. Check your passport expiration date. Many countries require 6 months of validity, some only 3. I had to renew mine early as we were headed […]

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8 Things to See on Your Visit to U.A.E.

We’ve been trying to get our friends and family to come out to the U.A.E. since we moved to Abu Dhabi but until recently none of them had taken us up on the offer to host and play tour guide. My parents took us up on the offer in the Spring and so we had to […]

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

  The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a must see for any visitor to Abu Dhabi! Established by the founder of the U.A.E. Sheikh Zayed, its brilliant white domes (there are 82 of them!) topped with gold finials greet every visitor as they head into Abu Dhabi.  The Mosque is uniquely situated between all three bridges connecting the […]

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Floating in the Dead Sea & Our Jordan Spa Experience

After our wonderful stay at the Marriott Petra we wanted to head up to the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea to have a float and rub some mud on our bodies.  The salts and minerals of the Dead Sea have long been used for their rejuvenation properties and was the site for one of […]

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Two Days In Petra – Get Off The Beaten Path

Petra is a bucket list trip, I mean how can it not be?  The ancient city was abandoned, forgotten and then unknown to the Western world until 1812; a secret guarded by the Bedouins that have called the desert home for thousands and thousands of years. Established possibly as early as 312 B.C. Petra is […]

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Squaw Valley and Tahoe City

As I mentioned in my burrito quest post, hiking was high on the agenda during our short trip to California. After Pasadena we dropped the car off at the Hertz drop off (an awesome rental experience, thanks Hertz!) and did the Bataan Death March from the parking garage to the departure terminal at Bob Hope […]

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The Great Burrito Quest

One of the things we miss most while living in the Middle East are pine forests. The serenity of a nice hike and being immersed in nature is such a restorative event and it was the top item on Shani’s agenda for our whirlwind trip to California.  And burritos! Not for Shani of course, but burritos […]

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Day Trip to Dubai

Over the last year Shani and I had taken a couple of tourist day trips to Dubai and we had narrowed down some of the must see things when we put together an itinerary for site seeing with my parents.  Our plan was to not tell them any details in case we had to jettison […]

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Trip to the Auto Museum – Abu Dhabi

One of the first things we did when my parents came to visit us here in Abu Dhabi was a trip out to the Emirates National Auto Museum.  It’s a bit out of town and we figured it would be a good half day trip and my folks could nap in the car on the […]

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Abu Dhabi Skyline

At this point in our adventures we’ve been calling Abu Dhabi home for just a year.  One of the things we absolutely love about our deluxe apartment in the sky is the incredible view we get out of all of the rooms! We’ve been lucky enough to see the city in crystal clear weather, crazy fog, […]

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