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Essential Egypt in 9 days - Part IV: Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam and Philae Temple in Aswan

Essential Egypt in 9 days - Part IV: Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam and Philae Temple in Aswan

South of Aswan and next to the Sudanese border hides one of the most impressive temples of ancient Egypt: Abu Simbel, a Nubian monument carved out of the mountainside over 3,200 years ago. Almost destroyed in the 60s after the construction of the High Dam, these temples were moved stone by stone to an artificial hill made above the dam to protect them from the floods.

In the fourth day of my Essential Egypt tour, I visited these fascinating temples along with two of the big highlights of the city of Aswan: the High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.

Essential Egypt in 9 days - Part III: The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

Essential Egypt in 9 days - Part III: The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

The city of Luxor, which for centuries was the former capital of Pharaonic Egypt, is home to some of the most impressive monuments of this ancient civilisation.

During my first day in Luxor, I explored the West Bank of the River Nile, where two of the most impressive funerary sites are located: the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple.

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

Tallinn, the gem of the Baltic: one day trip from Helsinki

One of the most beautiful and impressive medieval cities in Europe, the city of Tallinn is an absolute delight for any traveller. Walking through the cobblestone streets of its Old Town will transport you back in time, while visiting the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral will make you discover the Russian past of a the city that, surprisingly, has become a reference for digital innovation.

During my visit to Finland, I decided to visit Tallinn in a one day trip from Helsinki. Whether you’re also going to Tallinn for a day or maybe you have decided to dedicate some additional time to this fascinating city, discover in this article how to make the most out of your visit to the capital of Estonia!

Porvoo, the perfect half day-trip from Helsinki

Porvoo, the perfect half day-trip from Helsinki

If you're planning a day trip from Helsinki, the small town of Porvoo should be on your list. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland and less than 50km away from the Finnish capital, this idyllic town full of history, beautiful architecture and galleries is the perfect short trip to explore the more traditional side of Finland!

Suomenlinna: touring Helsinki's sea fortress island

Suomenlinna: touring Helsinki's sea fortress island

Founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure. Built when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden, Suomenlinna has taken a vital part in the history of Finland. Today, it is not only a UNESCO heritage site but also one of the most popular days out among tourist and locals alike. Check out what to expect from Helsinki's sea fortress islands!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part III: Wadi Rum desert, the Valley of the Moon

Famous for being the setting of multiple Hollywood movies due to its resemblance to the surface Mars, Wadi Rum desert is a unique natural wonder that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

During my last day in Jordan, I explored this incredible red ocean of dunes and rock formations in a 4x4 jeep tour. A thrilling experience that cannot be missed!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part II: the Lost City of Petra

Everyone has heard of the city of Petra. Lost in the desert for centuries and rediscovered only in the 19th century, this pink-city carved out of rock has been attracting visitors from all over the worlds for decades. 

But the ancient capital of the Nabateans is much more than the typical image of its magnificent Treasury: from Roman ruins to royal tombs and a monastery on the top of a hill, a visit to this city in the desert will leave you speechless. 

During my second day in Jordan, I spent the full day exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Check out what this unique place has to offer!

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

3 days in Jordan from Israel - Part I: Jerash & Amman

The Kingdom of Jordan is a fascinating country rich in history, culture and incredible natural landscapes that can’t be missed when visiting the Middle East. Home to one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, I concluded my trip to Israel with a 3-day visit to its neighbouring country, starting with the Roman city of Jerash and the Citadel of Amman, the capital city. 

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

Sunrise from Masada and visiting Ein Gedi Natural Reserve & the Dead Sea

There's no other experience in Israel like witnessing the sunrise from the top of Masada, an ancient fortification with breathtaking views of the Dead Sea. During my last day in Israel, I climbed the 450m hill while the sun was rising to observe one of the most impressive spectacles of nature that I've ever seen. 

Not far from Masada I also visited the Ein Gedi Natural Reserve, an oasis in the Judean Desert and one of Israel's main hiking spots with stunning waterfalls and landscapes, ending the day with one of my bucket list things to do in Israel: floating and getting covered in mud in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron: a dual narrative tour of the most divided city in the Middle East

Hebron, located in the West Bank, is the second holiest city of Judaism as well as one of the four holy cities of Islam. Split since 1997 in two sectors, one controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other one by Israel, Hebron is one of the most troubled areas of the Middle East.

During my visit, I got the chance to visit both sides of the city with a local guide that would tell me their own view of the conflict: a Jewish settler on the Israeli side, and a local Palestinian from the other sector of the city. Find out what it is like to live in the most divided city of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict!