Karnak the Magnificent

Johnny Carson was hip on Karnak. You can be, too….from Kyna Perry, Ya’lla Tours, USA #YallaToursUSA

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What Luxor, Egypt attraction is the largest place of worship ever built?

It doesn’t take a wizard to proclaim the magnificence of Karnak Temple in Luxor. After the pyramids at Giza, it’s the 2nd most visited site in Egypt. It’s really a temple complex, with multiple temples added and embellished by a long series of pharaohs over the course of 2,000 years. It was known to the ancient Egyptians as The Most Sacred Place and is reputed to be the largest place of worship ever built anywhere.

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Help! I’ll be the roundabout — and roundabout and roundabout and roundabout again

Call it the second British invasion of the US, after the Beatles and Stones.  Or third, if you count the original one several hundred years ago by redcoats.  I’ll blame the Brits on this, even though these circles of death exist everywhere in the world. I’ll blame the Brits because I can.  And beause one sits on my dashboard. 

I’m talking roundabouts, those circular merry-go-rounds for automobiles and trucks that are popping up all over cites and even in rural areas.  Their stated goal for being engineered on perfectly straight roads is that they keep traffic flowing.  Huh?

Wisconsin Roundabout Circle of Death
Wisconsin Roundabout Circle of Death

My trip took me from Appleton, Wisconsin to Sheyboygan, Wisconsin. a distance of about sixty miles.  Both cities are north of Milwuakee, by just a about half- a -piece of stringcheese on a paper map. 

This being the 21st Century, I was using my GPS, and she — she with a British accent, so-named “Layla”– took me on a roundabout tour  or rural Wisconsin due to US 10 being closed for…for…something — the orange “detour” signs never tell you the why of a road closure. 

So, one roundabout.  Then another.  Then still another and another and another.  And me having to circle around them, with no traffic present, unless you consider the dairly cows on the hilly pastures walking to an fro, chewing cud.. 

I can amost understand roundabouts in cities.  Almost.  Okay, not really.  I hate them.  You yield to vehicles circling around from the left, and then you enter the mini race track and try your luck at getting out on right street.  Often, cars and, worse, big trucks,  will be in the race track and have their signals on to turn right.  You never know if it’s at your current street or the one before or the one after or maybe their turn signal is stuck on.  Who knows? You still have to sit there and wait to see the outcome, so how this speeds traffic along vs a regular, all-American, ninety-degree intersection I am not sure, especially when the only other traffic is a confused cow. 

I finally made it to Sheyboygan, after roundabouting my way there. Talk about going in circles. 

Each roundabout should have a accident or death count pole in its center, so the motorist going round and round and round on these things would know that one wrong entry or lane swing can mean serious consequences. 

In Sheyboygan one visit told me that she had lost her mother in a roundabout.  No, not that way. Her poor mother in her eighties just couldn’t get to a street to exit.  She spent days going in circles. 

Saving String Cheese…. A Special Report from Appleton, Wisconsin

It is not often that I face a cheese emergency, and in Wisconsin, cheese is…well.. the streets are lined with cheese; that is why people come from all over the world, to munch on it, all while taking in that great “dairy air”. 

After a seminar, and into several visits, I had taken a little package of string cheese with me from a box lunch at the presentation. 

But…it’s hot up here — for Wisconsin. Maybe 80 degrees or close. 

My tube of string cheese turned to cheese juice. 

And I was hungry. 

And didn’t want to stop. Or drink my cheese. 

There is no 911 number for cheese emergencies.  Wisconsin, hello?!

However, there was the air conditioning in the car.  And little directional slats in the vents, just perfect string cheese-sized, in fact. 

A few minutes and the cheese emergency was solved.  

This would not have worked for Wisconsin’s other favorite food: brats. 

Rock the Kasbah at Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco

Rockin’ good stuff from Kyna Perry at Ya’lla Tours USA…

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Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, near Ouarzazate, Morocco Ksar Ait Ben Haddou, near Ouarzazate, Morocco

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About a 30-minute drive from Ouarzazate, Morocco, or a long day-trip from Marrakech, Ait Ben Haddou is a fortified village (ksar) in south-central Morocco. It’s only one of many ksars built by the indigenous Berbers in the area, but, thanks to its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a setting for a long list of Hollywood films, this ksar, unlike its fellows, is well preserved. It sits in the southern foothills of the High Atlas Mountains on the old trade route between the Sahara desert and Marrakech.

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NAME THAT COUNTRY S1E6

More fun with countries…

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The answer to the last episode (S1E5) is: GREECE.
Clue 1 – Meteora
Clue 2 – Mycenae
Clue 3 – Corinth

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Now for this episode –

All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates.

We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.

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