Of all the great empires of history, few are as intriguing as Ancient Egypt. Of the many ruins left behind, here are five favorites.
Temple of Hatshepsut
Dedicated to the sun god Amun, this historic site is a funeral shrine to Hatshepsut, Egypt’s second female pharaoh. The architecture is unique, made of three levels that invoke the classical architectural traditions of Europe.
This open-air museum is the second-largest religious site in the world (after Angkor Wat) and the second-most visited historical site in Egypt. It’s also one of the most diverse ruins to see, built over the reigns of 30 pharaohs, showing a variety of ancient Egyptian deities.
Temple of Edfu
Edfu is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. For centuries, it was hidden underneath sand and silt before archeologists unearthed a massive complex dedicated to the Falcon God Horus.
Two rock temples comprise Abu Simbel, marked by its iconic rock reliefs and carefully engineered solar alignment. Today, the site hosts two Sun Festivals, two days of the year where rays of light penetrate the complex to illuminate the sculptures on the back wall.
Great Pyramid of Giza
The most famous of the ruins is also one of the oldest Wonders of the Ancient World, the only one still standing. For 3,800 years, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at 481 feet.
There are tons of places to hike around the world — possibly even dozen of options just miles from where you currently sit. But some hiking destinations are better than others. Here are a few that will be entirely unforgettable — along with some of the best ways to see them.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Few things in life are as unappealing as smelly shoes. There’s something about the distinctive odor of stanky feet that’s almost vomit-inducing. When you’re traveling, the stench can really sneak up you. Here are some tips for keeping your shoes fresh and ready to stroll.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.