Author Archives: Forrest Walker

Old Car Museums in Sharjah

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In the UAE, there are seven Emirates. Each has a Ruler, it is a family thing. The rulers all share in the oil revenue. So they are all wealthy, some beyond belief. We live in the Emirate called Sharjah. Our ruler is a magnificent man. His main expenditures for his wealth are education, health and culture. Mary Ann has worked […]

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Waterworld, The Maldives

If you are  a tourist, a traveler, or just a person with a deep concern for the planet and the people on it, You should visit the Maldives, while they are still there. The Maldives are an island country and archipelago which lies in the Indian Ocean, SW of India and Sri Lanka. It has an average ground level of […]

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Istanbul

It was my birthday and the UAE government declared a three day weekend. No, not for me, but hey, whatever. My wife decided to take me to Istanbul. I was thrilled. It was a destination I always had in mind, and I was not disappointed. Istanbul is the only world capital that is both in Europe and Asia. For some […]

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Jordan 2. The Dead Sea and “Mars”

Thanks for coming back for the second and final post  about our trip to Jordan. Again, we were the guests of Jordan Select Tours and led around by their excellent guide Haytham Hnouty. We have had many guides over the years, and I can recommend Haytham without reservation. Wadi Rum I am a big fan of the very recent thriller […]

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Jordan 1. Petra and More

Our most recent adventure was to the Kingdom of Jordan. Sadly for Jordan, tourism in the country is down about 80%. There is no reason for that other than media fueled paranoia. It is a wonderful country brim full of unique and exciting things to see and do. And, it is very safe. We chose Jordan Select Tours as our […]

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Kerala, India’s Best Destination.

For those of you new readers, My wife and I live in the UAE. We love it here for many reasons. Certainly not the least of them is the simple fact that travel to Asia, Africa and the sub-continent of India and Nepal is very inexpensive and quite easy. Apologies to my long time readers are in order I guess. […]

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Floating the Seine River

As much as we loved Paris, the true destination of this trip was a week floating up then down the Seine. In some language, Seine comes from the word snake, which is what the river resembles with all it’s curves. All the craft on this river are quite narrow. The reason for this is that there are five locks between […]

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Paris in the Spring

Our decision to visit France was based on two economic factors. First, we had plenty of frequent flier miles  accrued so the airfare was free. Second Avalon Waterways was offering very reduced rates for a float down the Seine River. And then, a third factor popped up, the Dollar was stronger against  the Euro than it had been for years. […]

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Singapore, a beautiful city with a Sling

Singapore is a very modern and cosmopolitan city. It is also perhaps the cleanest city I have had the pleasure of visiting. Singapore was our start and stopping point on our cruise. Of course this great city has more than brew and slings.   Singapore is one of those airline hub cities for international flyers. It has an extremely efficient […]

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Cruising Tourists

Among those who use their passports, there is an ongoing endless dispute between who is a traveller and who is a tourist . I have accepted the moniker tourist. I do not stay in hostels or carry a backpack. Taking a cruise is undisputedly tourism. There are no unknowns. Yes, you wake up every morning in a different place. Yes, […]

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