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Aleppo Souk, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe – Number One, Aleppo, Syria

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 […]

Boarding Ashgabat Railway Station, Ashgabat

Turkmenistan Train Trip

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 […]

The Malecon, Havana, Cuba

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #2 – Havana

Havana – Population 2.2 Million Havana is like all the best Spanish cities moulded into one – the edgy old town of Cadiz, the oceanside promenade and Art Deco of Barcelona, the majestic buildings of Madrid, the music & dance of Seville, the cuisine of Valencia, the bars of Bilbao, the fortifications of Malaga, the […]

Xania Harbour, Crete, Greece

Sunday Photo – Xania Harbour, Crete

Monday Morning Blues – Xania, Crete

My Monday picture chosen to beat those start of week blues comes from my 2017 visit to Xania in Crete.

Thomas Cook

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 […]

The Royal Palace, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #3 – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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 […]

Colon Theatre, Buenos Aires, Argentina

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe # 5 – Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 […]

Friday Photo – Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Prizren, Kosovo, View From The Castle

2017 Balkan Tour Revisited – Kosovo

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 […]