From Erbil, I explored three of Iraqi Kurdistan's biggest tourist attractions on the way to Duhok: Akre, Lalish and Alqosh.
Everyone had raved to me about Sulaymaniyah. However, it was actually Erbil that I came to really like. The city is Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital and is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. The central citadel has been continuously lived in for 7000 years, and is now a built up, manmade hill … Continue reading Erbil: a guide to Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital
I was really unsure what to expect in Iraqi Kurdistan. After crossing the border from Iran, my first destination was Sulaymaniyah, the region's second largest city. I had heard that Sulaymaniyah was a very modern, almost European-style city... whatever that really means. However, I can see how people would describe it in this way, with … Continue reading Sulaymaniyah: Iraqi Kurdistan’s cultural capital
My experience and guide to crossing the Iran-Iraq border at Bashmarq-Penjwen.
If you're keen on ancient ruins most people think of Egypt, Jordan, Peru, Italy and Greece as the top destinations. However, you'd be really missing out on the numerous magnificent and well preserved ruins that dot the countryside in Turkey. It really amazed me to find so many archeological sites in the country. Scattered along … Continue reading Turkey’s ancient history
Mum has always been the walker and I've always been a runner. But within six months on this trip I had become more and more obsessed with the benefits and enjoyments of hiking. When mum decided she would come and visit me on my round the world trip, what better way than to do a … Continue reading Hiking the Lycian Way
If you look at the ground I covered in Petra it certainly looks like I was searching for the Holy Grail but I'll try not to mention Indiana Jones too much because the locals prefer not to associate Petra with that movie. In fact my hostel owner said if we put the movie on he'd … Continue reading Searching for the Holy Grail
Visit Palestine is a popular souvenir poster that you can buy everywhere in the Old City of Jerusalem but it's not really something considered seriously by most tourists. The Israeli-Palestinian issue has been such an ongoing conflict that a lot of people don't really take a second to look beyond the images they see on … Continue reading Visit Palestine
Jerusalem is a pretty magical place. It has by far the deepest, darkest and most impressive history of any city in the world. It has been placed under siege 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured/recaptured 44 times and destroyed at least twice, which kinda says enough! As an intersection of the three monotheistic religions, Judaism, … Continue reading The Holy City
The Sinai is a vast desert wedged between Egypt and Israel and surrounded by the Mediterranean, Suez Canal and the Red Sea. It's such a uninspiring piece of land but its importance is exceptional. From Moses' climb up Mt Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments from God to the Arab-Israeli wars and its occupation by … Continue reading Dangerously beautiful Sinai
It wasn't exactly the Hilton but it sure felt like it! I had a three night Nile cruise as part of a package I'd arranged from my hostel in Cairo. For the price I'd paid I expected maybe a felucca or a rundown old boat but I was in for a big surprise. I was … Continue reading Travelling through the Time of the Pharaohs plus a bit of luxury… for a change
So I've made it to Cairo which means that I've completed the Cape Town to Cairo leg of my trip. The night of my flight from Addis to Cairo I was suddenly super excited. I was going to see the pyramids. It was like the night before a travellers Christmas. Egypt is one of the … Continue reading Cape Town to Cairo complete