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Shane Dallas (The Travel Camel)
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Inspiring Others To Take The Road Less Travelled
Inspiring Others To Take The Road Less Travelled

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One of the most finely decorated places in Saqqara is the Mastaba of Akhethotep and Ptahhotep that dates from approximately 2,400 BCE.

Akhethotep was from a family of important officials and the panels on the walls (called registers) show his importance with the large number of offerings. These include grains, vegetables and livestock.

#Egypt #Saqqara #Akhethotep
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Every evening on the Giza plateau, there is a 45 minute Sound and Light show that tells a small part of the history of ancient Egypt.

At dusk, the lights on the Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) on the left and Pyramid of Menkaure on the right, provide a wonderful sight.

#Egypt #Giza #pyramid
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In Saqqara, you can find one of the most unusual burial areas in all of Egypt. The Serapeum is a sprawling underground tomb that contains the enormous sarcophagi of Apis Bulls.

The Apis bulls were considered to be sacred, and they were identified by numerous attributes, including a white diamond shape on its forehead, an eagle symbol on its back and the sign of a scarab under it's tongue.

When an Apis Bull died, it was given full ceremonial honours, including being buried in a massive granite sarcophagus. There is an unusual feeling of awe when walking around the 20 or more sarcophagi within the sprawling Serapeum.

#Egypt #Saqqara #Serapeum #Tomb #Apis
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The Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) is the second tallest pyramid on the Giza plateau, though it appears taller than the Great Pyramid of Cheops (or Khufu) because it is built on higher ground.

The pyramid is 136.4 metres (448 feet) tall and was constructed to honour the reign of Khafre who ruled for around 25 years from approximately 2,520 BCE. This pyramid is an imposing sight for anyone who visits Giza.

#Egypt #Giza #pyramid #Khafre
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One of the most remarkable tombs in the Saqqara area is the Tomb of Maya. Only small, and not visited by many people, it contains some of the finest tomb paintings in Lower Egypt.

Maya was Overseer of the Treasury and Overseer of Works during the reign of Tutankhamun (1333-1323 BCE). The strength of colours in this 3,300 year old tomb is extraordinary.

#Egypt #Saqqara #Tomb #Maya
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One sure way to spoil your holiday is to know that you have been scammed of your money by an elaborate con or selling scheme. There are a few rules I employ to help me avoid such issues.

Say No To Taxi Touts
The easiest way to get ripped off occurs at major transport hubs - airports, train stations and the like. I have a rule I never accept an offer of a taxi ride from someone who approaches me. Instead, I head direct to the taxi queue, or if possible, purchase a pre-paid voucher from a taxi stand.

Beware the Unusually Friendly Stranger
In some places such as the Middle East, it is usual to be fussed over and approached by many people, that is the norm. However, in places where this does not usually happen (I'm thinking of Asia and Europe) and some very friendly person approach you - ask yourself "Why"?.

Don't Be Taken From The Crowds
Someone approaches to offer you an opportunity to see some incredible sight or something of great cultural interest. Be assured if you say yes, you'll be taken far away from the bustle of the tourist places. This is the tactic used in some of the famous scams - such as the tea ceremony scam in Shanghai.

Making Money Scam
This is an obvious one to identify, as the intention of you making money is clearly stated. Refuse 100% of these offers, don't even entertain listening to them just because you don't want to offend your nice new "friends". Examples of this include gem scam in Bangkok and jewellery scam in Goa and Agra. Never ever believe anyone who tells you that if you buy carpets, silks, gems, jewellery or anything else in the country you are visiting, that you suddenly make a fat profit back in your home country or any other country by selling them.

Overall, people get scammed because they do not listen to their intuition. If something doesn't feel right, listen to your intuition - thank the person who approached you, and walk away.

#FeatureFriday
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When I first saw Prague in 1992, I thought it the most beautiful city in the world. On my next visit in 2015, some things had changed, including the increased number of tourists, but it still remains the most beautiful city I've seen.

This is a city of incredible highlights. The most famous is the Charles Bridge, lined with statues. This is best viewed early in the morning, preferably before breakfast when the pigeons outnumber people. Later in the day, especially in summer and on weekends, it can get very crowded.

The Old Town and the Old Town Square is a famous area to admire the magnificent architecture. Ensure you visit the Town Hall where you can get superb views of the Square. Nearby is the less visited Jewish Quarter - the architecture is still impressive, but without the crowds.

Cross the Vltava River and you will come to the Lesser Town, but it certainly is not lesser in terms of sights. Climb to Prague Castle and spent many hours here, including the Golden Lane and the magnificent St Vitus Cathedral - it holds some of the finest stained glass windows you will ever see. Whilst in the area visit the Strahov Monastery with it's outstanding library.

If you love classical music, you will love Prague. There are concerts and operas being held on a regular basis in the city. If you can, catch a performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre - it's the place where this opera had its world première in 1787.

Food is another highlight of the city, and the best way to find well priced food is to head one or two streets away from the tourist trail between Old Town Square and Prague Castle. Those few minutes walk can save you a lot of money on your food bill.

#TravelTuesday

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This is a fantastic Collection from +Kathmandu & Beyond - wonderful images that convey different moods of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. I reckon +Nina Trankova (who lives in Sofia) will be interested in this Collection too. 

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There are many colourful paintings around Hargeisa, but my favourite was this one promoting various medical services.

#Somaliland #Hargeisa
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Traditional transport methods are still used in parts of Transylvania, such as near Viscri.

#Romania
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