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Explore the pyramids of Meroe in Northern Sudan at sunrise and feel like one of the first to discover them.
Amelia - Original Traveller
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Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die
- A road trip down West coast of America ending up at the Burning Man festival
- Swim the Hellespont swim in Turkey
- Cycling around Palestine
- Take a train from London to Tehran
- Eat my way around Italy
- Celebrating Timkat Festival in Ethiopia
- Witnessing a solar eclipse in the middle of the Libyan Sahara
- Nights under the stars in any desert
- Dancing with Tuareg in Timbuktu
- A cup of tea and a biscuit at the end of any long walk
Toughest Travel Moment
- Getting lost and nearly running out of water in a remote part of the Algerian Sahara.
Weirdest Travel Moment
- Climbing a mountain outside of Yazd in Iran with an Iranian rock climber training for the Olympics. We came to a vertiginous plateau at about 4000m a few hours from the summit and it was freezing cold with snow on the ground and darkness falling. About 20 trekkers suddenly pitched up as we all eyed up the only shelter to sleep in - a tiny tin can hut covered in political slogans. We built a huge fire, ate kebabs, sang songs and giggled hysterically in the thin air. Then we crammed ourselves into this hut which was lit by a single naked bulb that flickered on and off…A surreal night
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One of the prettiest places in south-east Sicily, Ortigia is a small island which sits within Syracuse and is less than an hour's drive south of Catania. Here are my reasons why you should visit right now:
Many people consider a cruise boat when contemplating a trip to Egypt… I can honestly say I've found the boat to do this: the one and only steam ship to ply the Nile, the SS Sudan is beyond compare and stands head and shoulders above the rest.
Calling all Culture Vultures - Join Amelia Stewart, founder of Simoon travel (part of the Original Travel family) and tour leader, to explore some of the most original corners of our diverse planet along with local experts and a group of like-minded and discerning individuals. Here are the…
Falafel, mango juice and suprisingly tasty stuffed pigeon! Original Travel Egypt expert Amelia Stewart gives us the low down on her top 10 Egyptian Food and Drink...
I arrived into Cairo in the blazing Ramadan heat - normally I wouldn't advise going to Egypt during Ramadan however if you are prepared for things to be a little 'out of kilter' it shouldn't otherwise deter you from going. Egypt needs our support. Tourism has virtually dropped off since the…
Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part two of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.
Northern Sudan is probably not at the top of everyone's wish list of places to visit but, looking back on a whirlwind week there, I can highly recommend that it should be. In this blog I describe part one of my tour around the golden country that's brimming with culture.
Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.
The little known annual music festival of Fes in Morocco is a gem, not only because it is still relatively unknown (therefore retains its authenticity) but also because of the fantastically high standard of musicianship. In a sea of world music festivals to choose from, this one really…
Any trip to Fes should include a day out to the gorgeous Roman city of Volubilis, probably the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Morocco.
One of the great things about this little known country is that you can be in the sultry deserts of Karakalpakstan one minute (a semi autonomous region in southern Uzbekistan - ever heard of it?!), and then the snow capped mountains bordering Kazakhstan the next. Uzbekistan is small and easy…
By the end of a twelve day tour of Uzbekistan you might have had your fill of monuments beginning with 'M' - for there are so many Mosques, Mausoleums, Madrassah's, Museums and Markets its enough to make ones' head spin. And the problem is trying to remember them all as they have a habit of…
Simoon Travel's Amelia has just returned from a tour of Uzbekistan. In the first of a series of blogs, Amelia gives a flavour of what it's like to be on a Simoon Travel tour...
Ethiopia - a land where the cradle of Christianity, the birth of the coffee bean, and some of the best dancing I have ever seen come together.
In the first blog of our series on defining luxury travel, Lisa Corcoran of Travel Notebook and Passage To Luxury fame shares her views on luxury travel.
Simoon Travel's Amelia Stewart has been getting to the heart of Ethiopia by seeing the country from the ground. In her first blog of the series, Amelia explores Ethiopia's sacred landscapes, and discovers the odd nit-picking baboon along the way...
This plov recipe was picked up by Simoon Travel's Amelia in Uzbekistan. Plov is the country's national dish, a hearty mix of rice, lamb and vegetables.
It is the 50th Anniversary of the epic classic Lawrence of Arabia. I remember first watching it and it was quite a defining moment; the desert, the stars, the epic horse and camel battles. It was also thanks to Lawrence that I was initially persuaded to visit Jordan.
My brother lives in Singapore, and I was lucky enough to combine a recent visit with a unique holiday to Sri Lanka - a country I have been longing to visit ever since I was a child, growing up fascinated by stories my grandmother told me of living in what was once Ceylon - a country seeped…
The ultimate in unusual holiday destinations, and following on from part four, this is the final instalment of our five-part blog series about Georgia...
Q: The ultimate in unusual holiday destinations? A: Georgia. This is the fourth instalment of our five part blog series about the undiscovered nation...
Q: The ultimate in unusual holiday destinations? A: Georgia. This is the third instalment of our five part blog series about the undiscovered nation...
Perhaps one of the most joyous occasions in the Ethiopian calendar is Timkat, and for me it embodies so much that is wonderful about this country: an unadulterated joy and religious fervour, a purity of mind and body, and an overwhelming tangible happiness that is quite difficult to put into words.
Imagine the landscapes of New Zealand combined with the Spanish Pyrenees, the Alps, and a sprinkling of Pembrokeshire and you're coming close to what the Georgian countryside looks like. Take a tailor made trip to this up-and-coming destination - it won't disappoint.
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