During our stay in wonderful Aleppo in 2009 we hired a taxi driver to take us northwards to two castles named Qal’at Ja’bar and Qal’at Najm. The long journey was well worth it as both castles looked majestic framed by blue skies and the beautiful azure waters of Lake Assad and the Euphrates River respectively. […]

This statue of Our Lady of Lebanon stands on a hilltop near Beirut. It is reached via a terrifying cable car – I definitely shut my eyes when we lurched from the top!

Prambanan in Indonesia

Hamish & I arrived in the city of Odessa in 2011 by train from Moldova. The intention was to take an overnight train onto Sevastopol, but we had stumbled across some sort of public holiday and all trains were full for the next three days. With heavy heart, we therefore purchased tickets for the overnight […]

Istanbul to Thessaloniki Train

Anybody that follows Wilbur’s Travels will know that I adore an overseas train journey and absolutely adore an overnight train. They have to be one of the bargains of our time, being transport, hotel & restaurant rolled into one. And environmentally friendly too! Favourite overnight train journeys have included Bangkok to Laos, Hue to Hanoi […]

Montenegro Montenegro is a stunning little country with gorgeous locations. The ancient walled town of Kotor is beautifully located between an alluring fjord and brooding mountains is an absolute joy. When I went in 2011 it was not that well known, which has all changed with it now firmly on the cruise ship itineraries. Like […]

Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Glynde, UK Maybe it’s an age thing but my favourite music genre nowadays is jazz. One of my year highlights is attending the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Sussex, sadly postponed this year in 2020 with much of everything else. I have everything crossed that it goes ahead in 2021. In […]

Corinth Canal, Greece

Ayasofya Mosque, Istanbul

The beguiling Ayasofya Mosque in Istanbul started out as a Christian Orthodox Cathedral called Agia Sofia when Istanbul was named Constantinople. Built in 537, it was converted to a mosque when the city fell to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. When Ataturk founded the new secular Turkey a few years after WWI, the mosque was […]

Colonnade in Jerash, Jordan