All posts by Amy E. Robertson

 Taormina/flickr/gnuckx
Taormina/flickr/gnuckx

The romance of Taormina, a Sicilian town perched between mountain and sea, has been seducing visitors for millennia. Its popularity exploded at the start of the 20th century, and literati from Goethe and DH Lawrence to Oscar Wilde and Truman Capote have all sojourned amidst the town’s medieval buildings and bougainvillea. Cruise ships... Read More

 Mӧvenpick Resort Petra/Facebook
Mӧvenpick Resort Petra/Facebook

Once the capital city of the Nabatean people, Petra is a stunning World Heritage Site, cut into the red sandstone of Jordan (and recognizable to many for its appearance in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark). Two- and three-day entrance tickets are available for little more than a one-day pass... Read More

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 Petra, Jordan/flickr/Seetheholyland.net
Petra, Jordan/flickr/Seetheholyland.net

With the rising threat of terrorism across the globe, traveling away from home can feel scary — specifically to places near the heart of tension. But consider this: When it comes to terrorism, it is unlikely to stumble into the middle of a terrorist attack anywhere. The probability is comparable, if not higher, in... Read More

 Seattle Great Wheel/flickr/Nicola
Seattle Great Wheel/flickr/Nicola

Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a major facelift, and it has more to offer than ever on a sunny summer afternoon. Here’s how to soak up every second of it. Start at the Olympic Sculpture Park, a free sculpture garden that is part of the Seattle Art Museum. The nine-acre park... Read More

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Seattle skyline/flickr/Dave Sizer

The rise of Seattle’s tech industry (Microsoft, Amazon, and Nintendo are based there) and the power of local corporate giants Starbucks and Boeing, have combined to put the rainy, Northwest city on the map. From nearby lakes and forests, to renowned art galleries and live music — and even the recent legalization... Read More

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 Cairo/flickr/Ben Snooks
Cairo/flickr/Ben Snooks

The number of tourists visiting Egypt is down 41 percent from last year, reaching the lowest it’s been since 2005. With smaller crowds, Egypt is more affordable than ever. If you feel comfortable making the trip, this might be the optimal time to experience the land of pharaohs and pyramids, and enjoy the glorious sunshine and extraordinary Nile. A morning... Read More

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 Amman/flickr/Edgardo W. Olivera
Amman/flickr/Edgardo W. Olivera

Amman was originally built on seven hills; today, it sprawls across 19 knolls, densely populated by four million inhabitants and a patchwork of sandstone buildings — the inspiration for its moniker, the “White City.” A traditional Middle Eastern metropolis, Amman’s labyrinthine-like downtown district is home to several of the city’s main sights, including a Roman amphitheater; The... Read More

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Downtown Beirut/flickr/Ahmad Moussaoui

Beirut is a city of contrasts, where mosques stand cheek to jowl with churches; modern towers crowd French colonial buildings; and bikinis and burqas are equally acceptable fashion statements. Visitors shouldn’t miss the architecture, shops, and restaurants of downtown, which was fully renovated after Lebanon’s Civil War in 1990... Read More