Mosque welcomes visitors to explore its grandeur

Floor-to-ceiling artwork is infused in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi including marble columns with inlay of floral designs. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an ultra-modern city dominated by sleek contemporary skyscrapers and mind-blowing mega-malls, entertainment complexes, international hotels, lavish homes. In the midst of all this is a religious site that may outshine them all—Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center. It is a vast property with stunning architectural designs built […]

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Artistic inspiration found during Cuba travels

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Inspiration for artists comes in many forms—sometimes in their own backyards and sometimes in exotic places.  Four local artists found inspiration a few months ago on the island of Cuba, thanks to support from a local arts center. Now their work is being shared at venues throughout DeKalb County. The artists are Les Scarborough, owner […]

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Much to marvel at in fascinating Dubai

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Gleaming towers of steel and glass, mega shopping malls as well as traditional marketplaces and unique attractions await visitors to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. It’s a fascinating mix of traditional culture (Muslim men in traditional white robes and women covered head to toe in black), ultra-modern design in everything from buildings to median […]

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Exhilaration of whitewater rafting on the Nile

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My impression of the Nile used to be a gentle, meandering river. All that changed Feb. 14, when I had the opportunity to go whitewater rafting on what many consider to be the longest river in the world. Yes, parts of the River Nile are flat and placid, but then there are the other parts—rapids […]

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Cojimar, Cuba: An idyllic coastal village far from the maddening crowds of Havana

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With lessened restrictions on travel between the US and Cuba, many Americans are flocking to what was once known as the Jewel of the Caribbean in record numbers. That jewel now shows many signs of neglect from 70-plus years of being shut out by America, but it still has its charm. From Atlanta, it’s now […]

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Africa’s Victoria Falls is awe inspiring

A staircase at Victoria Falls gives visitors a birds-eye view of the cascading water. Photos by Gale Horton Gay

Majestic. Magnificent. Awesome. These words come close to aptly describing Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Located on southern Africa’s Zambezi River, the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the single-drop falls is a staggering 355 feet high.  The falls was named for England’s Queen Victoria after explorer and missionary David Livingstone came upon […]

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Music an organic part of life in Cuba

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Embodies Holiday Spirit

Jekyll Island Club Hotel Embodies Holiday Spirit

On any given day the grandeur of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is something to behold, but during the Christmas holiday season it’s amplified. The large, majestic live oak trees draped in Spanish moss are even more splendid during the holidays as many are wrapped with brilliant white lights. A towering evergreen is outfitted in […]

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