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Emma in Dashur, Egypt

Emma, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Oman & Israel Specialist

I have loved traveling since as far back as I can remember. I have been lucky enough to travel as well as live overseas in many exciting countries. Egypt is one of my favourite countries, I absolutely adore Luxor and all the history that can be seen there. In Jordan I love to visit Jerash, the Roman ruins are so well intact that you can almost feel the people who lived there going about their daily lives in the lively market area. The views in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco and over the Arabian Sea in Oman are breath-taking. I also enjoy travelling closer to home experiencing the amazing scenery and incredible food in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. There is always so much to see and do.

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Statue of Hatchepsut at her temple, West Bank at Luxor

I recommend visiting - Luxor

My favourite destination is the West Bank in Luxor, Egypt. Although I used to live in Luxor, I never tire of visiting the tombs here as there is always something new to discover and explore.

Although the Valley of the Kings and Queens are perhaps the most well-known of all of the sights here, my favourite is the Valley of the Workers. A tour here really affords the visitor a real insight into how the people that constructed these grand tombs actually lived and worked, which is fascinating.

Riad Ilyaka, Marrakesh

I recommend staying at - Riad Ilyaka

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My favourite accommodation is the Riad Ilyaka in Morocco. It has a lovely small homely feel; a real haven of peace from the hustle and bustle of the medina beyond its doors.

The riad is about a 10 minute walk from the main Djemma el Fna square and the streets between are bustling with people and atmosphere. I love the mosaic tiles coating the ceilings and floors and especially enjoy sitting on the roof terrace to watch the sunset after a busy day exploring the souqs.

I'll never forget when…

My favourite travel experience has to be my recent trip to the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. For the first time in a long time I was struck speechless by the beauty of the scenery surrounding me.

The mountain range has so much to offer, whether you want to take on the challenge of climbing Mount Toubkal or just enjoying a gentle walk through local villages. It was also here that I was invited into a local Berber family's home and experienced for myself the warmth and hospitality they have towards visitors and each other. Taking tea is an essential part of this hospitality and I enjoyed watching the small ceremony that takes place, from the heating of the water right through to the final glass of sweet green mint tea that was offered.

Photos of Emma

  • Emma looking out over a Berber village, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco Emma looking out over a Berber village, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
  • Emma in Jemaa El Fna square, Marrakesh, Morocco Emma in Jemaa El Fna square, Marrakesh, Morocco
  • Emma at Giza, Egypt Emma at Giza, Egypt
  • Emma outside Jerusalem, Israel Emma outside Jerusalem, Israel
  • Emma at the Dead Sea, Jordan Emma at the Dead Sea, Jordan
  • Emma in the Salalah, Oman Emma in the Salalah, Oman