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Horse Riding in the Pyrenees: Benasque Valley

Horse Riding in the Pyrenees: Benasque Valley

I’m sitting astride a noble Andalusian horse overlooking the highest peaks in the Spanish Pyrenees. Below us is the verdant Valle de Benasque, a collection of tiny medieval villages along the Esera River. It’s not even halfway through the day, and already horse riding in the Pyrenees has exceeded my expectations. But let’s back up to the morning and my arrival at Anima Equi. It is the area’s premier equestrian tourism center, offering everything from pony rides and beginner lessons…

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Dahab: Fun in the Sun on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

Dahab: Fun in the Sun on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

January 13th. 12 pm. Dahab, Egypt. My gray Arabian horse, Oscar, starts prancing beneath me. I feel his powerful muscles coil in anticipation as we turn off the paved road and approach a mile-long stretch of hard-packed sand. “Are you ready?” my guide asks. “Ready,” I reply, and release my hold on the reins. Seconds later we’re thundering down the straightaway, galloping through the sand as Arabian horses have for millennia. These animals are bred for the desert; every drop…

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Hoofprints Through History: Horse Riding in Luxor

Hoofprints Through History: Horse Riding in Luxor

January 7. 7 am. Luxor. We awoke bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in our hotel room in Luxor, eager to begin our day. For me, this ride was going to be a highlight of my visit to Egypt – right up there with riding past the Pyramids in Giza. If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that horse riding is a top priority anywhere I visit. But riding in EGYPT? Native home of Arabian horses, my all-time…

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Horse Riding in Bali: Temples and Rice Terraces

Horse Riding in Bali: Temples and Rice Terraces

I don’t often wake up before my alarm. I’m not what you’d call a “morning person.” However, there are exceptions. And one of those is when I’m about to go horse riding in Bali. I awoke at 6am on the outskirts of Ubud at the charming Kamandhani Hostel. (A little gem of a place, tucked at the end of a very quiet street but only a few minutes’ walk from the liveliness of Ubud.) A few cups of insanely delicious…

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