British Museum

Bookshop tour of Bloomsbury, London

During my most recent trip to London I spent a day wandering around Bloomsbury, a leafy district known for its eminent publishing houses, museums and colleges, to visit three bookshops in the area, as well as the venerable British Museum. My first stop was Arthur Probsthain, an independent family-run bookshop that has been trading since […]

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Ben Eine Letters

Street art in Shoreditch, East London

I made it to the Old Street tube station, where the underground trains stop in an area of London that was once known for its heaving slums, criminal characters and actors. Whitechapel Road was not far away, which was the haunt of “Jack the Ripper” and the Kray twins, a couple of infamous East End […]

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masmak fort

Masmak Fort, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

I just spent two lively days in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia, with my family. After traveling overland through the desert from al-Khobar on the Gulf coast, we reached our hotel at around 1 p.m. We stayed at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel on Al Imam Faisal Ibn Turki Ibn Abdullah road, […]

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Arad Fort

Arad Fort, Muharraq, Bahrain

Arad Fort lies on the northeastern corner of the Kingdom of Bahrain, in the town of Arad, on Muharraq island, which was the capital of the island kingdom until 1923. The name “Arad” possibly comes from a Roman word for Bahrain, “Arathus,” which was used by the Egyptian-Roman writer Ptolemy in the second century CE. From […]

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Downtown Detroit

Day trip to Windsor, Ontario, Canada

During a recent week-long trip to Flint, Michigan, I drove with my family toward the city of Detroit and crossed Detroit River by way of the Ambassador Bridge that connects Detroit to Windsor in Ontario, Canada. There is also a tunnel that connects the two cities, but the bridge offers the more scenic route. Since we […]

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dr. Cafe Coffee on the al-Khobar corniche

The weather has been great recently in al-Khobar, on the Arabian Gulf, in eastern Saudi Arabia. The temperature has been in the mid-70s (around 25 Celsius) during the day, I would say, and the evenings have been considerably cooler. For the past few weekends I have taken my family to the corniche and we have enjoyed […]

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Courtauld Institute

Europe in London: The Courtauld Gallery

The Coutauld Gallery is a lot less well-known than some of the major art galleries in London, such as the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square, Tate Britain on the Thames embankment, near Westminster, and Tate Modern on the south bank of the Thames, across from the main financial district known as […]

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