.All Trips / Asia / Dubai

A Visit to Dubai’s famous Gold Souk

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While the image most travelers have of Dubai is of shiny new skyscrapers piercing the desert air (a fair impression to be sure), you can still find places in the city which date to the time before the construction boom that transformed the region.  Most of these sites of older Dubai are in the Deira and Bur Dubai neighborhoods which straddle Dubai Creek, the region of the city first settled in the 19th century.  A variety of markets can be found here the most famous of which is the gold market (aka souk).

You’ll be welcomed by it’s wood lattice arcade proudly proclaiming, “Dubai: City of Gold”!  While it is not enclosed or air-conditioned, the market’s roof provides welcome shade and …

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.All Trips / Central Canada / Manitoba / North America

Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg, Canada

27 Winnipeg Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting travel destinations on the prairies  It is a place with a combination of artistry and craftsmanship, economics, money, and Canadian pragmatism.

There are two mints in Canada, one in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, and the newer one in Winnipeg.  The Ottawa mint is a “low-volume, high quality” facility which makes special issue and bullion coins (eg. Maple Leaf gold coins).  The Winnipeg Mint is a high-volume state-of-the-art factory that makes the money Canadians use on a daily basis.  Every Canadian circulation coin is produced here –- that’s about a billion coins each year.  The Winnipeg mint was established in 1976 …

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Europe / Ireland

National Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, Dublin

026 Dublin National Museum of Ireland Archaeology — The Tara Brooch, 8th century, Meath Co

Today we’ll pay a visit to the Museum of Ireland: Archaeology, situated on Kildare Street.  The Archaeology Museum is housed in an elegant dome-capped building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane and his son, Thomas Manly Deane, and was opened in 1890.  There are thousands of items on exhibit in the museum (from a collection of more than 2 million artifacts) outlining the unfolding history and treasures of Ireland, a country so very rich in history (less so in treasure).  Despite the extensive collection, the museum is well organized.  It’s easy to navigate and fun to explore.  You’ll need at least a half day for an introductory visit — much longer if you want to linger and thoroughly study the things you’ll …

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