Marco Polo and Korcula

Most historians agree that Marco Polo (1254-1324) was born in Venice, but the old walled town of Korcula, on an island of the same name off the Croatian coast, has a strong rival claim. The evidence for either birthplace is not conclusive. On the one hand, Marco Polo...

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A Trip to Al Ain, UAE

Al Ain is an oasis city on the border between the UAE and Oman. For tourists the main sights are the UNESCO sites of palm oases and prehistoric remains. Less obvious attractions are the camel market and the nearby camel races. But for me, one of the more memorable...

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Eating Out in Muscat, Oman

Although Muscat is growing as a holiday destination, most tourists confine themselves to the coastal area of Qurm and find their culinary needs well catered for in the many hotels. However, for anyone who chooses, as we did, to venture further afield, eating out in...

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