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Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
When Machane Yehuda Market closes and the metal doors are rolled down over the shops, the shuk morsha into an Israeli art gallery

I slipped off my shoes and stepped over the threshold of the Barbur Gallery. Tucked into the backstreets of a residential neighborhood, with a community garden at its side, it hardly...

The outdoor fresh water pool at Ein Gedi Spa, an oasis near the Dead Sea in Israel

The timing couldn’t have been worse. A day before I arrived in Jerusalem to attend the Travel Blog Exchange Conference (TBEX), my right knee went out. I have no idea what...

I enjoy a mainstay of Israeli food - a breakfast of Shakshuka, which consists of eggs poached in a slight spicy sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions

Hummus. Falafel. They’re two of my favorite foods, and Jerusalem is one of the best places in the world to sample them. For two days after arriving, I gorged on them...

The Western Wall (sometimes referred to as the Wailing Wall) is one of the most revered sites in the Holy City of Jerusalem

From atop the Mount of Olives I surveyed the Holy city of Jerusalem in all its glory. Directly below me, white marble caskets in the Jewish cemetery tumbled down the hillside...

Entrance to the traditional Souk (market) in the Mutrah neighborhood of Muscat, Oman

Last fall, I met an Omani man at my guest house in Delhi, India. When he learned I was a travel writer, he began to gush about Oman. “You must go!...

The second most famous development in Dubai is the Burj Al Arab, built in the shape of a sail

Visiting Dubai had never been high on my travel wish list. I didn’t even expect to like it. Not a fan of big cities to begin with, I figured it would...