Thursday, June 5, 2008

6 Under-the-Radar Destinations In The Middle East

The great pyramids of Giza, the pink facades of Petra, the blue minarets of Istanbul, and the storybook walled cities of Jerusalem and Damascus are some of the highlights that lure travelers to the Middle East. If you make it to these postcard spots, you won’t go home disappointed.

But there is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Jerusalem called Rahmo, where they serve the best kubbe soup this side of an Iraqi or Kurdish grandmother’s kitchen. And deep in the Western Desert, between the oasis of Siwa and Egypt’s border with Libya, there is a place where the stars shine brightly and rocket across the sky.

Whether you are traveling in pursuit of history, good food, nightlife, nature, spirituality, or the journey itself, here are six suggestions for lesser known stops across the Middle East that will make your trip truly one-of-a-kind.

Click here and read more at Matador Trips.


dcal said...

I love that photo of Petra...great shot. The more extensive pieces on Matador are also great. Thanks for sharing and happy to hear your news.

Bridget said...

Hi - I was at your lecture at Cornell earlier tonight and I really enjoyed it (I was the one who came late and left early during questions - you may have heard my kids making a racket in the hallway during your talk). I just wanted you to know that I thought your talk was very interesting and I liked the way you handled the questions at the end, or at least the parts I stayed long enough to hear.

Your blog is interesting, too, and I'm going to seek out a copy of your book. I remember seeing it on display at the Prime Megastore at Mecca Mall in Amman in 2007 - it's funny to come across you again in this corner of the world.

Take care.

Ben said...

Thanks, Bridget. I really enjoyed the day at Cornell and the talk this evening. Let me know what you think of the book!