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The mediaeval world of north-east Italy

Jun 24th, 2019 | By

Reza visits north east Italy to find a part of the country that preserves its mediaeval nature.

The rock-cut tombs of Dalyan

Mar 26th, 2019 | By

Dalyan, on the southwest coast of Turkey, is not a beach resort but an inland town that attracts visitors due to the impressive Kaunian rock-cut tombs.

In a lazy paradise called Palawan

Mar 9th, 2019 | By

Reza explores some remoter areas of the Philippines – Palawan

A day in … Miltenberg

Dec 17th, 2018 | By

Reza visits Miltenberg, a town that looks like it should adorn a chocolate box or a Christmas card!

Canada Day in Ottawa

Nov 4th, 2018 | By

Reza visits Ottawa ad finds his visit coincides with Canada Day.

Visiting Kronberg Castle

Oct 15th, 2018 | By

Resa visits Kronberg Castle, today a hotel but with a past entwined with the German monarchy

In Frankfurt during festival time

Aug 22nd, 2018 | By

Reza visits Frankfurt combining a visit to the Embankment Festival with some of the well-known sights of the city.

Exploring the medina of Marrakech

Aug 12th, 2018 | By

Reza begins the first part of his journey to Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains by exploring Marrakesh’s medina.

An introduction to Fez

Jun 9th, 2018 | By

Reza visits the Moroccan city of Fez to see one of the best preserved medinas in the world.

Innsbruck: Maximilian I’s legacy

Apr 21st, 2018 | By

Reza visits Innsbruck and finds a city that was nurtured by the Holy Romans Emperor, Maximilian I

Salzburg – Mozart’s birthplace

Mar 16th, 2018 | By

Reza visits the Austrian city of Salzburg, a place forever linked with music and especially its most famous son – Mozart.

My search for leopards in Sri Lanka

Feb 23rd, 2018 | By

Reza visits Sri Lanka in search of leopards that roam the Yala National Park

Castle hopping in Frankfurt Rhine-Main

Dec 29th, 2017 | By

Reza makes a fleeting visit to the Frankfurt Rhine-Main area of Germany to see some of the heritage sites that visitors should include when they holiday there.

Old Havana

Dec 7th, 2017 | By

Reza returns to Old Havana a place where Cuban cigars still reign supreme, the intoxicating sound of jazz reverberates in the streets and the revolutionary slogans on the walls and portraits of Che Guevara remain to watch over the city.

The healing powers of the Gastein valley

Nov 5th, 2017 | By

Reza visits the Gastein Valley in Austria, a place with spectacular views but the healing cave therapy is also a big tourist draw.

Diving in the Philippines

Oct 8th, 2017 | By

Reza travels to the Philippines to seeing the diving there lives up to the reputation it has as one of the best places in the world to dive.

Restoring the glory of Medina

Aug 24th, 2017 | By

Now that Tunis is open to British tourists again, Reza visits the old city of Medina as it undergoes regeneration to its former glory.

Exploring Ilocos Norte

Jul 16th, 2017 | By

Reza travels to the the province of Ilocos Norte in the northernmost part of the Philippines, an area not usually on the tourist routes.

Turkish holidays grow in appeal

Jun 11th, 2017 | By

Reza visits Istanbul and Antalya in Turkey, assesses the security measures in place and sees tourism on the increase.

Growth in Cuban tourism

May 24th, 2017 | By

Reza returns to Cuba to see how tourism is changing the country and what plans the government has for the next few years.

The most splendid city in the world

Mar 13th, 2017 | By
boat on West Lake

Reza visits Hangzhou in China, a city chosen to hold last years G20 summit.

At the Mawlana Festival

Feb 10th, 2017 | By

As St Valentine’s day approaches, Reza, looks at Konya in Turkey – a city of love and a city of pilgrimage.

Changing Berlin: revisiting after 26 years

Feb 7th, 2017 | By

With the 67th Berlin International Festival about to start, Reza looks back at his visit to Berlin last year and compares with his first trip to Berlin 26 years ago.

Travelling through Luxembourg

Dec 11th, 2016 | By
inside the Moulin de Heringen water mill

Luxembourg is small but its rich heritage heart beats fast in these modern times.

Gallipoli – a tour of the WWI battlefield

Nov 29th, 2016 | By
staue of Corporal Seyid carrying a shell

Reza visits Gallipoli and tours the memorials and cemeteries of one of the most bloody conflicts of WWI.

Exploring Bern and Interlaken

Nov 5th, 2016 | By
clock mechanism

Reza finds that, although Bern is a busy capital city, it manages to sustain a sense of calmness and projects a charm that you could only find by living in a village

Visiting the war fields of Khuzestan

Sep 9th, 2016 | By
image of a soldier's personal belongings

Khuzestan saw some of the worst fighting when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran. Reza visits the war memorials which are increasingly becoming part of a tourist trail.

Will Cuba remain frozen in time?

Aug 25th, 2016 | By
cruise ship Adonia docking in Cuba

Reza visits Cuba for the second time and ponders whether Cuba will alter as more tourists visit the country.