Petra – the High Place of Sacrifice and the Royal Tombs

After our wonderful introduction to Petra via the Siq and the Treasury, we continued exploring the ancient Nabatean capital via the Outer Siq. The Outer Siq is a large path that leads to the heart of the City of Petra, and the rocks surrounding it are home to countless tombs and dwellings. As we walked... Continue Reading →

Petra – the Treasury and the Siq

I don't mind admitting I've been dreading writing this post, not because I didn't enjoy Petra or because I had nothing to write about, but because it's such an extraordinary, unique place, it's almost impossible to do it justice in a blog post. How do you succinctly sum up one of the great wonders of... Continue Reading →

Jerash

The most striking thing about the ruined Roman city of Jerash is its size – it's a vast site home to two extraordinarily well-preserved amphitheatres, two temples and even an intact mosaic floor. Known as Gerasa in ancient times, Jerash in north-west Jordan dates back to the 3rd century BC and today lies in the... Continue Reading →

Jordan

With spectacular scenery, countless archaeological gems and one of the seven wonders of the world, Jordan is an extraordinary country. Almost entirely landlocked, bar a slither of coastline along the Red Sea, the country is flanked by Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south-east, and Israel and... Continue Reading →

Cuba travel guide

Travelling around Cuba can feel like you've stepped back in time – the iconic classic cars from the 1950s are everywhere, the architecture is from a bygone era and it's perfectly normal to see a horse and cart in the street or a man using oxen to plough his field. The Caribbean island, famous for... Continue Reading →

Hay-on-Wye

One of my favourite places to visit in Wales is the small market town of Hay-on-Wye. Straddling the Welsh-English border, and flanked by the River Wye and the Black Mountains, the attractive town is probably best known for its many bookshops and annual literary festival, which has attracted the likes of Salman Rushdie, Jimmy Carter... Continue Reading →

Bordeaux

Following my week-long sojourn in Béarn, I headed north-west to Bordeaux for a whistle-stop 21-hour tour of France's ninth biggest city. It was almost 4pm by the time I arrived in Bordeaux and checked into my hotel near the city's central railway station, the Gare Saint-Jean. Having dumped my stuff in my room, I set... Continue Reading →

Pau

The elegant capital of Béarn is the former home of the kings and queens of Navarre, and as such, boasts a rather impressive château. Needless to say, castle-lover that I am, I wasn't about to miss out on an opportunity to visit Pau during our week in Béarn. Our first port of call on arriving... Continue Reading →

Bilbao – art and the Guggenheim

After spending our first few hours in Bilbao exploring its historic centre, our second day was spent focusing on the city's architectural gems and art galleries. Arriving in the city near the central train station, we again crossed the Bilbao River at Arenal Bridge, but this time instead of continuing straight ahead into the old... Continue Reading →

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