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  • Boomer Travel Tip for Visiting the Alabaster Mosque
    the Citadel the Alabaster Mosque or the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha dominates the Cairo skyline In fact it s the landmark that boomer travelers will notice first when they visit this Egyptian city I explored the Ottoman influenced mosque during a small group tour with AuthentiCity Travel After entering the Citadel gates we walked uphill to the domed structure decorated with slender minarets Inside the domes give a spacious feel to the prayer hall which is in need of restoration The outside courtyard provides a commanding view albeit a hazy one of modern day Cairo Boomer travel tip To enter a mosque shoes must be removed and clothing should cover knees and shoulders Women must wear a head covering such as a scarf Authenticity Tour information had prepared me for this expectation I wore a long skirt which I found to be cooler than pants when touring Cairo a top with sleeves that reached below my elbows and a scarf For those tourists who are unaware of the requirements Alabaster Mosque provides long robes with hoods to wear while inside the mosque Have you visited the Alabaster Mosque Come join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook Or send us an email with your thoughts Disclosure AuthentiCity Travel provided this travel experience You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park Seven Off the Beaten Path National Parks to Avoid the Crowds Montreal City Guide A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is also the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend

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  • A Boomer Visit to Fagnoon Art Center in Cairo
    structures with ramps leading this way and that hinted at an out of the box creativity It was like an art funhouse on stilts Artist and founder Mohamed Allam wasted no time explaining his unorthodox art education philosophy upon greeting us His idea give children the tools then leave them alone to create Children love to swing on the ropes at the indoor playground The buildings at Fagnoon Art Center are a kaleidoscope of art Mosaic tiles adorn the floors curlicue iron furniture forged onsite and wooden support poles wrapped in colorful fabric scraps decorate large open spaces A poster wearing children s handprints hangs on the wall According to Allam when building the structures he purposely did not use a concrete foundation so that one day the site could be returned to its original purpose as agricultural land Children come here to learn wood print making stained glass art pottery soldering skills and other forms of art Young professionals give them brief instructions then the kids are left alone to create The coloring terrace From one of the wooden decks we could make out various pyramid sites in the hazy glare of a hot sun An Imam s call to prayer wailed through a loudspeaker as we climbed the ramp to the coloring terrace Here children are free to paint however they choose Wrought iron dummies wearing splatters of paint are a testament to that freedom To help the people to have a job Mohamed Allam sees Fagnoon Art Center as his way to help the people to have a job He hires neighbors for building projects and to run the center The art skills that the children learn can be transferred to employment in the arts and crafts field when they become working adults Allam also funds other art projects requesting no payment in return But many do pay him back Any money I have in the bank I must use to create something When someone pays it back to me I invest in a bigger project says Allam Wild creativity or a sign of hope At the conclusion of our visit we accept Allam s offer to sit in the shade of the sycamore trees in the school s playground to enjoy a lunch of phyllo dough pancakes fermented cheese molasses honey and mint tea The Imam s Friday speech blasts over the loudspeaker while a little boy clutches the reins of a donkey as a handler leads him around the grass field In a corner of the playground a group of teenagers slip and slide in a mud pit The girl s shriek each time they fall down Did I mention that Fagnoon Art Center is a place to have fun too Playground at Fagnoon Art Center By the time we depart many Muslim families have walked over to the school after noonday services It turns out that those brightly covered support poles also hold rope swings Children squeal as moms and dads push them higher

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/10/28/fangoon-art-center-cairo-egypt/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Boomer Travel Tips For Exploring Giza and Saqqara pyramids in Egypt
    plateau on which they sit On my afternoon visit a smoggy haze made photography difficult Persistent touts selling trinkets camel rides or horse excursions were even more determined to sell their offerings due to the downturn in Egyptian tourism caused by the January 25 2011 revolution It was more like a carnival than a world antiquities site albeit with less tourists than usual It s possible to go inside one of the great pyramids From reading other blog posts I learned that it s a hot steep journey that s not for the claustrophobic and there s nothing to see except a small stone formation where a tomb might have been which is probably why our guides didn t even mention going inside it Saqqara the Older Sister Two pyramids at Saqqara Step Pyramid is in the background The moment our van turned onto the road that led to Sakkara I felt as if I had traveled back in time Soon signs of the city melted into vegetable fields homes guarded with iron gates irrigation canals sometimes piled with trash and men wearing flowing robes guiding a donkey and cart or leading a herd of goats down the road The pyramids at Saqqara aren t as impressive as the ones at Giza but they are much older dating all the way back to the First Dynasty Some of them look more like large mounds of rocks plopped in the middle of the desert than the triangular stone structures that we think of as pyramids And the Step Pyramid of Djoser is partially covered in scaffolding due to ongoing renovations The Imhotep Museum opened in April 2006 sits at the entrance to the Saqqara complex The modern building displays artifacts found at the site the life s work of French archaeologist Jean Phillipe Lauer who spent 70 years in the Saqqara pyramid fields On this visit Jihan Hussein Egyptologist explained the items putting history into context for the AuthentiCity group Perhaps it was our morning arrival or more likely signs of the downward trend in tourism but we practically had Imhotep Museum to ourselves Later we toured inside a tomb where carvings are still evident In one room row upon row of food items needed for the afterlife had been carved on the walls A smear of original blue color remained giving a slight hint of what a dazzling scene this must have been Part of the sculpture had been torn from the wall leaving me to wonder why the tomb robber took that particular piece If he poses for the photo you pay At another tomb I descended a staircase stooping over so as not to bump my head until arriving in a burial chamber that housed a large stone sarcophagus empty of course And the photo I took of the guard in front of the tomb Yes I had to pay him At the Step Pyramid complex our group stood in the shade of a marble wall as Jihan

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  • Boomer Travel Fitness: Is Donna Hull a Fit Boomer Travel Girl?
    But then the Bitterroot Valley filled with smoke from area forest fires No more walking outside for me Since our house isn t air conditioned the smoke even seeped into our home gym forcing me to cut back on my workout Who wants to fill their lungs with smoky air Not me When Presented With An Obstacle Change Tactics The smoky environment forced me to choose another goal I decided to focus on getting quality sleep This required that I make trip preparations way ahead of time including writing and scheduling blog posts taking care of financial obligations making sure Alan wouldn t go hungry actually packing you know the drill What did this have to do with getting quality sleep By spreading travel preparations out I didn t experience a couple of exhausting days right before the trip trying to cram in everything that I needed to accomplish A couple of nights before any trip my mind starts to race faster and faster refusing to turn off at bedtime This time I found that taking an over the counter sleep aid helped shut down those racing thoughts Do not take any sleep aid without consulting your doctor When I reported this new revelation to Nora she suggested that mediation provides the same result Here s my challenge for the next trip learn to meditate So How Was The Trip I m happy to report that I did have more energy on this trip Even though I had to curtail my walking plan it had been in place long enough to work Although the AuthentiCity tour in Cairo required a lot of walking I had plenty of energy for it But the improvements in sleep quality produced the best results I didn t start out the journey to Cairo tired and exhausted A quirky incident that helped when I made my plane reservation to fly from Missoula to JFK I discovered that the Missoula airport would be closed for repair on the day that I needed to meet the Egypt Air flight in New York So I had to fly to JFK a day early which gave me time to get a good night s sleep before departing for Cairo the next afternoon The end result I had no jet lag during my time in Cairo Boomer travel tip if you re flying internationally from the U S arrive at your departing airport the day before The extra cost of a one night hotel room is well worth it What Needs Improving Okay I m giving myself a C maybe even a B on boomer travel fitness preparations But what about during the trip did I exercise or get enough sleep Uh that would be a big D Actually I didn t do so poorly in the sleep department but exercise nada I m sure glad that Nora s guest post for October is about how to keep travel oomph during the trip Oh and because of that heavy revolving

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/10/03/donnas-boomer-fitness-2nd-report/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Off-the-beaten-path travel Archives
    sites would be an understatement From its chaotic capital to its off the beaten path villages such as Orta San Giulio this country nevers ceases to amaze travelers If you re planning a trip to Italy and looking for an authentic Italian experience while not try out the country s agriturismo options Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Idaho s Wilderness at Mackay Bar Outfitters Guest Ranch By Donna Hull on 2015 08 29 in Off the beaten path travel Stay Trip Tips A jet boat whizzes up the main channel of the Salmon River after leaving Vinegar Creek boat ramp near Riggins Idaho Alan and I are cruising along with another couple for the hour ride to Mackay Bar Outfitters Guest Ranch The boat slows down to maneuver beyond a group of rafters and then slows down Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Five Funky Things To Do in the Florida Keys By Donna Hull on 2015 06 25 in Boomer road trips Destinations Florida Go North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips United States On a Florida Keys road trip as a guest of The Florida Keys and Key West I expected to indulge in tasty seafood treat myself to key lime pie appreciate early American history go charter fishing and photograph numerous sunsets While I found all of this and more what I didn t expect to find were the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring the French Medieval Village of Perouges By A Guest Writer on 2015 06 22 in Destinations Europe France Off the beaten path travel Updated 08 01 2015 Simply put France is a stunning country and exploring its profound history diverse cuisine and incredible landscape makes for the perfect baby boomer adventure Of course for anyone planning a trip through France exploring the picturesque countryside and off the beaten path villages is a must However today s guest writer Jan Ross from Wanderlust Wonder tells us Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Learning to Blend Wine at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery By Donna Hull on 2015 06 11 in Do North America North Carolina Off the beaten path travel Southeast Trip Tips United States How are wines made Would you like to learn how they are blended to create the perfect mix of acidity tannin sweetness fruit and body You can do that at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery in Ronda North Carolina When Visit Winston Salem introduced me to the culture history and fine dining of the area a wine Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cuba Travel Tips By A Guest Writer on 2015 06 09 in Bucket list trips Caribbean Destinations Go North America Off the beaten path travel Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2016 It seems that the travel world has been chomping at the bit to get to Cuba ever since it was announced that some travel restrictions have been lifted Indeed the mystery of this previously off the

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  • Africa Archives - Page 5 of 5
    Africa Trip Tips Updated 01 01 2016 Active boomers who want to see wild animals up close and personal will love a South African game drive Whether you are a photographer or a traveler content observing animal behavior a trip to the bush provides travel memories for a lifetime But don t expect the wide plains of the Serengeti with thousands of Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Packing is a popular topic By Donna Hull on 2008 12 02 in Africa Boomer travel tips Brazil Plan South Africa South America Believe me packing for a South African safari plus a 13 day cruise has been a challenge Did I follow the packing advice I ve blogged about at My Itchy Travel Feet Well most of it For sure I took the One sole shoes that I blogged about And I ve checked the carry on regulations for International travel as Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Talking about photography By Donna Hull on 2008 11 20 in Africa Do Go Off the beaten path travel Plan South Africa Today Alan and I are in South Africa taking thousands of photos while on safari As I take a look back at My Itchy Travel Feet s first six months I see that photography has been popular with blog visitors Many of you were interested in taking a photography workshop as a way to Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Anticipating a South African Safari By Donna Hull on 2008 10 02 in Africa Boomer travel tips Bucket list trips Destinations Plan Small group tours South Africa About two weeks ago a precious brown box appeared on our doorstep from BK Africa When Alan and I opened it later that evening months of travel planning materialized before our

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  • Making an Antarctica video with Animoto
    photos and videos Arranging them is as simple as dragging and dropping Add in a few captions preview your work and then hit publish It really is that simple Don t like the way a photo looks or is a video too long you ll find easy to use editing tools Want to change the song that accompanies the template You can do that too If you get stuck or have a question about producing or sharing the video consult the Animoto Help page You ll find well written instructions covering a comprehensive list of questions or problems But I ll share a few more tips to make it even easier Create a folder on your computer desktop to hold the photos and videos to be uploaded to Animoto This will save you so much time Focus on one portion of your trip using photos that highlight the essence of your travel experience Include shots of yourself to make the video personal Add a few captions but don t overwhelm the video with text Choose the fit button to match your finished project to the music in the video Keep video between 2 and 3 minutes Your friends and family will thank you and actually watch all of it Hit publish then share with friends and family through email social media or a download saved to your computer You can even share to You Tube Animoto offers apps for iPad IOS and Android which means easy video creation from a smartphone iPad or tablet Do you use Lightroom for photo editing There s an Animoto app for that too A personal account at Animoto is 8 per month paid on a yearly basis I recommend the 14 day free trial to make sure that Animoto is for you But I

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  • Reviews Archives
    Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure I ll be Wearing Joseph Nogucci Bracelets on My Next Trip By Donna Hull on 2016 03 03 in Reviews Trip Tips I enjoy wearing jewelry even when I m traveling But that jewelry needs to be understated so as not to attract attention Although costume jewelry is the prudent choice for travel I still want it to look classy not cheap Joesph Nogucci bracelets fits my boomer traveler parameters I m so happy that the company invited me to Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Antarctica in Video By Donna Hull on 2016 02 04 in Antarctica Destinations Reviews Trip Tips This article is brought to you by Animoto Make great videos Easily Confession time Alan and I take tons of photos and videos But besides using them in our articles or on social media we rarely do anything with them For instance when family and friends asked to see more of our Antarctica cruise photos Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Six Months Using TracFone By Donna Hull on 2015 12 16 in Reviews Trip Tips I m reporting my experiences using one of America s largest no contract wireless services as a TracFone brand ambassador sponsored Since July I ve been exploring the features and benefits that TracFone offers through their no contract nationwide wireless service Like many boomers change doesn t always come easy for me Would I have good coverage without roaming charges Did Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Stress free Thanksgiving Travel with TracFone By Donna Hull on 2015 11 23 in Reviews Trip Tips I ll be reporting my experiences using one of America s largest no contract wireless services as a TracFone brand ambassador sponsored Traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday can be a hassle Whether you re on the road or in the air it s one of the busiest travel weeks of the year A smartphone definitely eases the stress especially if Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Walking in Style with Kuru Footwear s Aalto Chukka Boot By Donna Hull on 2015 11 06 in Reviews Trip Tips As a practical traveler I m always on the hunt for shoes that look good and perform well After all I m a boomer woman who s feet have been around which means they need the loving support of a good pair of shoes And that s just what I ve found in the Aalto Chukka Boot from Kuru Footwear Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Making the Most of My Day With TracFone By Donna Hull on 2015 10 19 in Reviews Trip Tips I ll be reporting my experiences using one of America s largest no contract wireless services as a TracFone brand ambassador sponsored What did I ever do without a smartphone I say that to myself on a daily basis The convenience that the Moto E from TracFone provides is time saving and an integral part of my

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