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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.

The nuclear bunker hotel

Aug 12th, 2016 | By
icture of outside of Hotel Corinthia - Praguea

Reza visits a hotel with a difference, one with its own nuclear bunker and a link with Carol the Jackel!

Changing Ostrava – from heavy industry to tourist attraction

Aug 7th, 2016 | By

Reza visits the Czech city of Ostrava to see how an industrial landscape has become a tourist attraction and a cultural venue.

A glimpse of Zurich

Jul 8th, 2016 | By

In just 72 hours, Reza takes a quick tour of Zurich.

Adana for a combined city and mountain break

Jun 22nd, 2016 | By

Reza travels to Adana in Turkey and finds few tourists but plenty of things to see and do in a destination that links a city with countryside.

Brussels – the hub of Europe

Jun 7th, 2016 | By

Reza re-visits Brussels after the terrorist activities and finds a city calm and going about its business despite the increased security.

The mix that is modern Tunisia

Apr 8th, 2016 | By

Tunisia has undergone tragedies in the last few years but when visitors return to the resorts of Hammamet and Sousse, they should take time out to visit Tunis and Sidi Bou Said and then they will understand how this modern state is one layered with history.

Nowruz marks the beginning of spring

Mar 20th, 2016 | By

Iranians celebrate the Persian New Year (Nowruz) to mark the beginning of spring. This usually occurs on 20th or 21st March,

Marrakesh – “not new now”

Mar 8th, 2016 | By

Reza visits the Biennale, no- not the one in Venice but the one in Marrakesh which, this year, explores how art is used as a means for cultural resistance.

Exploring Valletta

Mar 4th, 2016 | By

Reza follows up his previous story on Malta by leaving Sliema and seeing more of the island.

Enjoying Bari cuisine

Jan 21st, 2016 | By

Bari, the capital of Puglia, had been a stopping point and a gateway into the heart of Europe over centuries, Rezi finds.

London from above

Jan 12th, 2016 | By

My journey over London skies was unlike any other experience in my life. Seeing the city from the skies in a helicopter is not a usual everyday opportunity for people. I have been living in London for a very long time. If someone asks me how much I know about this citymy answer would have to be , not enough. A city that was developed from several small villages around a river in Roman times, is now a complex cosmopolitan city. Beneath the surface of
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Celebrating Yalda

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By

The most common and well-known event among Christians in the west is Christmas. Other cultures celebrate the winter solstice in the form of Yalda, Saturnalia, Karachunm, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Yule.