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Ani, The Ghost City

Ani, The Ghost City Apr 20th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Ask someone to name tourist draws in Turkey and you'll get the obvious: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Galipoli, maybe the beaches of Antalya. Some more familiar with the country might offer up the bizarre calcium cascades of Pamukkale, or the monstrous gods' heads sculptures on Mount Nemrut. Nobody ever mentions Ani, a city that for a brief period 1,000 years ago was one of the cultural and commercial...

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days

Olympic Bid Holds Tournament On 7 Continents Over 7 Days Apr 17th, 2013 at 4:00PM: Traveling to seven continents in seven days is grueling enough. Throw in a daily match against a former professional squash player and that makes for some pretty exhausting travel. Two former pro squash players, Peter Nicol and Tim Garner, are in the midst of a week-long, 40,000-mile world tour in an effort to get squash into the 2020 summer Olympics. Their whirlwind competition ends in New...

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013

10 Big Travel Adventures For 2013 Jan 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Though 2013 may only be a few days old, it is never too early to start planning our travels for the year ahead. If you're looking to put a healthy dose of adventure into your life this year, then Gadling is here to help. We have ten suggestions for big travel adventures that are sure to challenge and delight in the months ahead. These journeys are not for the faint of heart, however, as they will...

Egypt Reopens Important Tombs At Saqqara

Sep 27th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Despite facing political turmoil, authorities in Egypt have been forging ahead with renovations of key archaeological sites. Last week saw the renovation and reopening of two important tombs, the Serapeum and the tomb of Akhethotep & Ptahhotep. The Serapeum dates to 1390 B.C. and was a tomb for holy bulls. I visited in 1991 and the memories of the gloomy underground corridors and giant...

Egypt Protests Scatter Cruise Ships, Concern Tour Operators

Egypt Protests Scatter Cruise Ships, Concern Tour Operators Sep 14th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Egypt's tourism business has been suffering since the 2011 uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down. This week, in response to protests in Egypt, the vital industry received another blow as cruise lines and tour operators began making alternative plans. "In an abundance of caution, Royal Caribbean International has decided to cancel Mariner of the Seas' next port call to...

Living In Cairo's City Of The Dead

Jul 6th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Life can be hard in the developing world, as is shown in this video of a poor neighborhood in Cairo done by IRIN Films. The film doesn't show your typical slum. This is the City of the Dead, a vast necropolis where poor people have moved in and set up homes and shops inside the tombs. The capital of Egypt is a sprawling metropolis of some 12.5 million people. Actually, nobody is really sure...

Collect And Share Travel Experiences With AFAR

Collect And Share Travel Experiences With AFAR Jun 14th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Pinterest became the hottest social network this year, with millions using the site to collect and search for recipes, design ideas and inspirational quotes. Many travelers have used Pinterest for planning and sharing trips, tips and destinations (you can find Gadling here). Now Afar.com, the website and community behind AFAR magazine, has introduced a new feature to curate travel experiences,...

Photo of the Day: Falafel, going fast

Photo of the Day: Falafel, going fast Feb 2nd, 2012 at 6:00PM: We at Gadling love street food. Whether it's from an upscale Manhattan cart or from a Chinese cannon, you'll find that some of the most satisfying and authentic local food doesn't come from a restaurant. Today's Photo of the Day by Flickr user micke77023 comes from Cairo, Egypt of a falafel man who seems to enjoy his product. You can almost smell the chickpea goodness emanating from his kitchen...

New Book celebrates 10 years of the Tour d'Afrique

New Book celebrates 10 years of the Tour d'Afrique Dec 13th, 2011 at 8:00AM: The Tour d'Afrique is a legendary cycling event that runs from Cairo to Cape Town on an annual basis. Covering more than 7500 miles, and requiring four months to complete, the Tour is a popular "bucket list" item for adventure travelers and cyclists the world over. This year, the Tour d'Afrique commemorates its tenth anniversary, and to celebrate, the company behind the epic event has released a...

Ancient Christian city discovered in Egypt

Ancient Christian city discovered in Egypt Dec 2nd, 2011 at 3:00PM: An ancient Christian city dating to the fourth century AD has been discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists digging at the Ain al-Sabil area of the New Valley Governorate have discovered the remains of a basilica and buildings to serve the priests. This is the first excavation at the site and researchers hope more discoveries will be made under the Egyptian sands. Egyptian Christians trace their...

Riddle of pyramid's secret hieroglyphs solved

Riddle of pyramid's secret hieroglyphs solved Jun 8th, 2011 at 9:30AM: Last month we reported on some secret writing discovered in the Pyramid of Cheops at Giza, near Cairo. A robot with a camera went down a mysterious passage only eight inches wide and found some hieroglyphs daubed with red paint onto the floor of a secret chamber at the end of the tunnel. Egyptologist Luca Miatello has deciphered the writing and says they're engineering marks. They make the...

Ancient art stolen from Egyptian Museum recovered by police

Ancient art stolen from Egyptian Museum recovered by police May 3rd, 2011 at 11:30AM: Egyptian police have recovered four stolen statues, two of which were taken from Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Ahram Online reported. Two of the statues were among several items that went missing when rioters broke into the Egyptian Museum. The other two were apparently looted from somewhere else, perhaps an archaeological site. There were scattered incidents of looting from several museums and...

Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports

Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports Feb 14th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, has posted some sad news on his blog. During the recent political upheaval in Cairo the Egyptian Museum was broken into and some artifacts were stolen. We reported earlier that two mummies were damaged but nothing was stolen. Now that the museum staff have been able to do an inventory it appears that during that incident the...

Breaking: Cruise crew member dead in Cozumel

Breaking: Cruise crew member dead in Cozumel Feb 7th, 2011 at 4:30AM: While foul play has not been ruled out, the drowning death of a Royal Caribbean crew member in Cozumel brings the safety of Mexican ports of call back into focus along with the broader issue of cruise passenger safety in general. The body of Monika Markiewicz a musician on Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas. 32, was recovered from the ocean off the southern part of the island...

Evacuation of foreigners from Egypt: what you need to know

Jan 31st, 2011 at 11:45AM: Rising threats of violence and political unrest in Egypt has prompted many foreign visitors and residents to plan evacuation plans. Our friends over at World Nomads have compiled a highly-useful guide to evacuation procedures for countries like the United States, Australia, Turkey and the UK. US Citizens: The latest updates are on the State Department's website. Air travel ticket...

Rioters destroy two mummies in Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Rioters destroy two mummies in Egyptian Museum in Cairo Jan 29th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Rioters broke into Cairo's famous Egyptian Museum yesterday and destroyed two mummies, Reuters reports. The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Zahi Hawass, got on state television to say that a crowd tried to break into the museum but were fought off by tourist police and regular citizens. While the battle went in front of the entrances, some other rioters broke in through the...

Win an Intrepid trip to Egypt with the Nomading Film Festival

Win an Intrepid trip to Egypt with the Nomading Film Festival Jan 7th, 2011 at 10:00AM: If you've ever dreamed of traveling by camel, visiting the iconic Pyramids, dining with Nubian locals in a traditional village, cruising along the Nile on a felucca, or bargain hunting in Cairo's souqs; it's time to pick up your camera and start shooting. The adventure experts at Intrepid Travel have teamed up with Brooklyn's Nomading Film Festival to offer an extensive 8-day Egyptian...

Met returns Tutankhamun artifacts to Egypt

Met returns Tutankhamun artifacts to Egypt Nov 12th, 2010 at 3:30PM: New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is returning 19 artifacts from King Tutankhamun's tomb to Egypt. This is another success in Egypt's ongoing battle to bring home its heritage. Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass is spearheading the drive and says he's repatriated more than 5,000 artifacts. These include a fragment of Egyptian sculpture the Met discovered last year had actually been stolen, and...

Marriott Cairo to renovate main palace

Marriott Cairo to renovate main palace Oct 21st, 2010 at 1:00PM: Gadling Labs spent a good chunk of time in Cairo this past September so we perked up when we heard about an update to our favorite Marriott. The hotel, splayed on the central island of Zamalek, is a calm, warm slice of history in the stir-crazy beehive of Egypt. Apart from two looming towers and a massive courtyard, the hotel is centered around an ornate, historical palace, originally built in...

Ten wild cab rides that you'll never forget

Ten wild cab rides that you'll never forget Sep 20th, 2010 at 3:00PM: Everyone has their own way of immersing in a culture. Some jump in knees-deep into the food scene, massacring the local food blogs and munching their ways through every gastic adventure that they can find. Others enjoy the philosophical and soft-edged days of lounging in street side cafes, watching passers-by and drinking coffee in the early afternoon sun. Here at Gadling though, we prefer the...

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