Aleppo, Syria – population 1.8 million (estimated) Vying with Damascus to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world (6,000 years and still counting despite the recent devastation), Aleppo became my favourite from the moment that we met in May 2009. I had travelled by train from Istanbul to Adana in Turkey and then […]
As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]
My Monday picture chosen to beat those start of week blues comes from my 2017 visit to Xania in Crete.
As I woke up this morning to the very sad news that Thomas Cook’s 178-year history seems to be drawing to a close, my immediate thoughts turned to the employees now facing uncertain futures. I worked with Thomas Cook three years ago for nearly a year as a consultant. During that time I spent a […]
Phnom Penh – Population 1.5 million The Cambodian capital is a special place. Synonymous with the suffering of the Khmer Rouge genocide, but also rich in royal history with a stunning palace complex and fine temples. Phnom Penh sits astride the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers, both waterways providing the lifeblood of the city. I […]
When I say big cities, I am meaning 1 million plus inhabitants. This counts out some beautiful smaller metropolises such as Cape Town, Cusco, Luang Prabang, Santiago de Cuba, Jerusalem, Luxor and Samarkand. Number Five – Buenos Aires, Argentina (population 2.9 million) This is one of my most recent trips to a big city, undertaken […]
Kosovo is one of those places that conjures up thoughts of conflict and strife. Synonymous with the Yugoslav Conflict in the same way as Sarajevo, Mostar and Srebrenica. The Islamic enclave and particularly its embattled capital Pristina certainly bore a heavy price due to the ethnic cleansing that the Serb forces carried out in those […]