Travelling eradicates bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts – Mark Twain.
In 2017, more than ever, this quote holds a great weight to it.
With mass killings and the media portraying the ill-side of the middle eastern regions and thereabouts, we at Ideal Weddings have curated this article to show you some of the most beautiful and picturesque sights these places have to offer, instead of all the bloodshed.
1. Pyramids of Giza / Nile River, Egypt
Commonly known as the place which holds one of the seven wonders of the old world, Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza is a must visit. Ever fancied yourself to be Indiana Jones? Then this place is a must-go.
Besides immersing yourself in the awe of how the Egyptians built the Pyramids (without technology when you can barely survive taking notes in class with your hands …), take a cruise along the Nile River (one of the longest rivers in the world) and stop along the way to visit the Temples of Karnak, Edfu and others.
Definitely a sight to behold and to put life into perspective as you both start your life together as man and wife.
2. Tétouan/ Marrakesh, Morocco
Whether you’re more into adventure like skiing and trekking, or hunting for goods to buy, Morocco has you covered.
Tétouan is one of the places in Morocco that has over six generations of history culminating in one place. With its beautiful juxtaposition of sandy beaches and mountainous regions, Tétouan is a place to unwind after planning your wedding. Take in the sights and sounds with your partner.
If you’re more adventurous, head to Marrakech for different activities like Sunset Camel riding or quad desert biking. There’s tours and groups to follow if you feel there’s safety in numbers, but either way, the experienced guides will lead the way. Once you’ve built up an appetite and got enough photos for your Facebook album, enjoy the bustling nightlife that Marrakech has to offer. It’s myriad of foods and drinks will set your mouth drooling. But be weary to eat with your eyes rather than your stomach lest you get full real quick!
3. Beirut, Lebanon
In the capital of Lebanon, Beirut has a smorgasbord of things to do.
While walking might be the last thing you want to do on your honeymoon, it’s the surefire way to capture all the sights and sounds that is organic to Beirut. Stroll along the Corniche to get stunning views of the seaside only to be wowed by the array of Lamborghini’s on the other side.
If that is too mainstream for you, head to “Beirut Old City Walk” to uncover the city’s rich history. Also, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site “City of the Sun” at the Roman Temple of Baalbek, is truly a wonderous place to see the sheer grandeur of the Imperial Roman columns soaring over the skyline.
4. Cappadocia, Turkey
You might have seen it on your friend’s Instagram page or any others, but Goreme, Cappadocia is a must visit. With its breathtaking sunset views coupled with a romantic hot air balloon trip, it’s truly one of the most special moments to share it with your loved one.
From beautiful views from the top, Turkey’s underground also has its own secret beauty waiting to be discovered. The Basilica Cistern is hidden under the streets of Istanbul and is supported by 336 marble columns.
5. Mount Carmel / Acre Caves, Israel
If bluer than blue waters is your thing, then a visit to the caves in Acre should be on the top of your list. Another fun fact, to reach the place, only the world’s steepest cable car will bring you there. This place was only available to divers in the past, but now the cable car ride covers about 60 metres in 2 minutes, allowing tourists to check out the place from the safety of the cabin.
Another picturesque place to visit while in Israel is Mount Carmel, which is located at the Northern region of Israel. Elevated 525m above sea-level, the place affords you a view unparalleled to any other and once again, y’all can do it for the ‘gram (;
Now that you guy’s are married, you can ‘coerce’ each other to do extreme stuff but also assuring your partner that you will be there for them every step of the way. Love, as they say is a beautiful thing and makes the smartest of people do the stupidest things for the ones they love. So make use of this fact and enjoy each other’s company on this Mediterranean escapade we have curated for you.
Feature Image: Acapella Photography