Category Archives: Middle East


Secretive British street artist Banksy has revamped his popular “Girl With A Balloon” image to mark tomorrow’s third anniversary of the ongoing conflict in Syria. The new stencil piece comes with the hashtag #WithSyria to promote support for an international … Continue reading

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Bring Your Own Popcorn

On the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, just outside of the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, hidden at the base of a desert mountain range, sits an odd sight : hundreds of seats for an outdoor movie theater. … Continue reading

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Syrian Museum

Syrian artist Tammam Azzam left his home in Damascus at the start of the Syrian civil war. Losing his studio, he turned to digital art to call attention to the horrors unfolding in his homeland. Early last year, his piece … Continue reading

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Free WiFi for Travelers

One of the most frequent complaints that I hear from travelers these days is the lack of free WiFi hotspots. Well the city of Tel Aviv, Israel has stepped-up and addressed the problem by installing a network of eighty WiFi … Continue reading

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What Do We have in Our Pockets

I’m an unabashed fan of the Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret. If you read any of his terrific short story collections, I’m confident that you’ll fall under his thrall too. Keret recently posted an amusing annotated version of his … Continue reading

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Maps Too

The other day we shared a group of wonderful, whimsical original travel posters created by Toronto-based artist JazzberryBlue . Who knew that there was also a fantastic series of equally colorful and amazing abstract maps of the world’s great cities. … Continue reading

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Strange Bedfellows

Steimatzky is Israel’s leading bookseller with at least 160 bookstores and outlets around the country. Founded in 1925, the chain is anything but stuffy. They’ve been known in recent years for a series of clever and entertaining advertising campaigns. Their … Continue reading

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Beach Reads

Enjoying a good beach read is one of the perks of summertime for booklovers the world over. The city of Tel Aviv has just made it even easier with the launch of their beach library on wheels. The colorfully painted … Continue reading

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Home is The Navel of the World

Sergio Miranda is an Argentina-born, Bahrain-based photographer usually known for his work in fashion and advertising. So, his series called Ombligo is a bizarre departure. The amusing project is based on photographs of maps printed on stomachs. Each image prominently … Continue reading

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Sleep Like an Egyptian

Located at Egypt’s Siwa Oasis, just thirty miles from the Libyan border, the handsomely restored Adrere Amellal Hotel is an unlikely luxury eco-lodge. Set lakeside, the hotel was built at a site that has seen human habitation on and off … Continue reading

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