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The towers of San Gimignano, Italy.

The Tuscan Hilltown of San Gimignano, Italy

San Gimignano, Italy is a beautiful little walled town that was declared by UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage. Its striking architecture is straight out of the 1200s, and is “the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.”

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The temple ruins of Paestum, Italy.

The Ruins of the Paestum Temples

The Paestum ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are comprised of three major Greco-Roman temples and a number of smaller ruins. Visiting Paestum can be a highlight of a trip to Italy. We visited in the off season and had the ruins completely to ourselves.

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Cave Canem (Beware the Dog) Mosaic in Pompeii

Pompeii and Naples

Like pretty much everywhere in Italy, we have wanted to visit Pompeii for a long time. Since Laura first read about Pompeii in her junior high Latin class, she has looked forward to exploring the preserved ghost town. This trip allowed us the time to fit in the site along with a trip to Naples to see

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The massive fountain inside the Dubai Mall.

The Strange Culture of Malls in Dubai

In a city that does everything in a big way, it makes sense that the malls in Dubai are also big. But there is more to Dubai mall culture than just shopping.

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Shopping in the Dubai Gold Souk

Dubai has a reputation as a modern, cosmopolitan city. In Dubai, bigger is better: world’s tallest building, world’s largest mall, etc. However, in Bur Dubai and along the banks of the Dubai Creek, you hear the echoes of the old Dubai. In the heart of this area, we encountered the Dubai Gold Souk and knew

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Working on the ONTC Bus on Our Way to Muscat

The ONTC Buses

We are generally fans of getting out there and trying to experience as much of the local environment as possible. When I first discovered that I would be traveling to Dubai, UAE for work, I hit on the idea of also going to Muscat, Oman. My graduate school hosted many Omani exchange students. I have

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There are a lot of great things to do in Muscat, Oman, including visiting the Grand Mosque.

9 Cool Things to Do in Muscat

Oman is an enigma for many westerners. Largely isolated until 1970, the country has a moderate, relaxed atmosphere. It has incredible scuba diving and broad, sandy beaches. Here are our favorite things to do in Muscat.

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Inside Ski Dubai at the Mall of the Emirates.

Ski Dubai: Snow in the Desert

Ski Dubai is a legend. This indoor ski park is one of the most iconic attractions in Dubai. Whatever you might imagine skiing in Dubai to be like, we promise you that it’s better!

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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain

A Visit to the Alhambra in Granada, Spain

Rising up on a hill above the modern town of Granada, the Alhambra gleams with shades of red, orange, and yellow at sunset. This Moorish fortress-turned-palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important locations in all of Spain.

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