Category Middle East

Jordan’s Jewels – Part 4 (Amman)

Our final destination was the capital where we would stay for two nights – one in the plush Crowne Plaza and one in a small threadbare hotel near the centre. On our first night we decided to stay in the hotel complex where we ordered a feast and some beers. Amman was known as a […]

Wordless Wednesday – King’s Highway Jordan

Jordan’s Jewels – Part 3 (Wadi Rum)

Having been spoiled rotten by the greatness of Petra, we now headed for the desert and in particular Wadi Rum. Two other guests in our hotel were making the same trip so we shared a 4×4 for the 106 km drive towards Jordan’s southern tip. We were dropped at the bottom of a dirt track […]

Jordan’s Jewels – Part One

Our taxi driver met us at Amman Airport with a sign saying ‘Welcome Big Ears and Wilbur.’ My little joke went down very well, even though we had arrived bleary eyed in the small hours of the day. It was September 2006 and we were paying our third visit to the holy lands. We started […]

In The Lebanon – Part Two

We had arranged a taxi to take us on a grand tour to see the oldest cedar trees (the symbol of the country) in Lebanon, onto the ancient port city of Byblos (both the Bible and the word for ‘books’ in many languages are derived from the city’s name) and finally on to the northern […]

Jordan’s Jewels – Part Two (Petra)

We set off bright and early for what promised to be the highlight of our trip – we were not to be disappointed. We planned to spend two nights in the Crowne Plaza just outside the Nabatean site, in the lap of semi luxury thanks to my business trip garnered loyalty points. En route we […]

In The Lebanon – Part One

Whilst growing up, Lebanon was synonymous with the civil war which divided Beirut into East & West sections, Druze militia, Hezbollah and kidnappings. The Human League famously sang, “who will have won, when the soldiers have gone, in the Lebanon?” Well I won’t debate the answer to that one, but peace was restored in 1990. […]

Aleppo People

The events in Aleppo are more than tragic. The innocent civilians are just like you and me.

Sunday Photo 25

Hopefully this Sunday’s photo will make you smile. It was taken at Wadi Rum in Jordan. Aren’t camels just the daftest creatures?

Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch

With the news that there was a marble replica that would be in display in London for three days, I had of course to go and look for myself. I visited the historical site myself in May 2009 and you can see the replica and the original photographed by me below. This is how the […]