Syria August 2010

It is difficult to reconcile the hideous news coverage of Bashar al-Assad turning the troops on his own people with the apparently quiet and somewhat backward country that I visited … Continue Reading →


Iran 2010: Orient Star Travel

This is the report that I wrote on my return from Iran; it outlines some of the practicalities of organising a trip to this beautiful but controversial country. Single travelers … Continue Reading →


Iran, March 2010

My friend Elisabeth Thoburn has already written extensively about last year’s trip to Iran on her expansive on-line travelogue and even allowed me to make a couple of contributions. However, … Continue Reading →