Tag Archives: Middle East

Wordless Wednesday – Krak Des Chevaliers, Syria

Monday Morning Blues – Jerash, Jordan

Most Roman ruins have at least one memorable feature such as an impressive amphitheatre, triumphal arch, aqueduct or bathhouse. With Jerash in Jordan it is the curved colonnade, which is pictured below. Join us over on Twitter every Monday morning when we post our far away photos featuring the colour blue @wilburstravels

Jordan, Wadi Rum, Camels

Wordless Wednesday – Wadi Rum Camels, Jordan

Aleppo Souk, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe – #1, 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 […]

Wordless Wednesday – Jerash, Jordan

Pigeon Rocks, Beirut

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #6 – Beirut

#6 – Beirut, Lebanon (population estimated 1.3 million) The hardships currently faced by the Lebanese in general and the Beirutis in particular are hard to bear. The devastating explosion caused by negligent storage of fertiliser is symbolic of a incompetent, corrupt and careless regime. One can only hope that this changes very soon. I visited […]

Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

My Top Ten Big Cities Outside Europe #7 – Damascus

#7 – Damascus, Syria (population estimated 1.8 million) I visited Damascus in 2009, two years before civil war broke out. As a government stronghold, the main city has seen relatively little damage compared to the territories that were held by ‘rebel factions’ or ISIS. We travelled by bus from the Roman ruins at Palmyra and […]

Battle-scarred buildings, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut – A Scarred City

The explosion at the port of Beirut and the terrible aftermath is painful to watch. A city and its people that suffered so much in the bloody civil war of the ’80s are in anguish once more. It never rains but it pours – economic hardship, Covid 19 and now this awful avoidable tragedy. I […]

Wordless Wednesday – Camels In The Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Friday Photo – Taxi Driver, Lebanon

I have recently published a series of posts showing my top twenty travel photos. This one was very unfortunate not to make it. It comes from a superb year 2000 independent tour of Lebanon. We hired this guy to take us from Beirut and through the scenic Bekaa Valley to the Roman site (and Hezbollah […]