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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.

A snapshot of Luxembourg City

Dec 12th, 2015 | By

Reza provides readers with a quick snapshot of Luxembourg City, a city built over stone cliffs pierced with underground caves and a long network of casemates.

Thrace – the paradise that only Turks know

Nov 27th, 2015 | By

Why do so few people go to Thrace? Because, says Reza, it is largely unknown to our major tour operators.

Linz – beauty and tranquility combined

Nov 18th, 2015 | By

Linz is a vibrant city, which looks forward to a bright future. It has a lot to offer to visitors from history to art, music and nature.

Honey-sweet Malta

Oct 16th, 2015 | By

Malta’s mild climate and peacefulness has made it a small secluded spot in the Mediterranean sea, an island concealed by layers and layers of history spanning from antiquity to modern times.

At the Waterloo re-enactment

Jul 13th, 2015 | By

Reza visited the largest re-enactment of the year – the Batte of Waterloo – staged on the 200th anniversary.

St George and the dragon in the arts city of Mons

Jul 7th, 2015 | By

I arrived in Mons in May to witness how the city transforms itself into a mass celebratory ritual on the weekend of Trinity Sunday during the Doudou festival.

The slave heritage of Jamaica

Jun 10th, 2015 | By

Away from the Jazz and Blues Festival, Reza looks at the dark past of Jamaica when slavery abounded.

Lighting up Malta

May 28th, 2015 | By

The skies of the small Island of Malta are accustomed to lighting up with fireworks throughout the year.

The British impact on Cuba

May 21st, 2015 | By

Approximately 150,000 Britons visit Cuba every year to enjoy the beaches, the food and the culture as well as seeing a country that will probably change dramatically in the future now that relations with the USA are being normalised.

Revisiting Karaj and the Alborz mountains

May 6th, 2015 | By

Reza returns to Karaj, one of Iran’s major cities and increasingly the gateway into areas where Iranians holiday or travel.

The cave of Les Combarelles

Mar 3rd, 2015 | By

When I visited the Dordogne Valley for the first time, I was told about pre-historic caves and paintings and the story stuck in my mind, inspiring me to come back and see them with my own eyes.

Music in the desert

Mar 3rd, 2015 | By

Above the hills of Nefta in Tunisia, Reza strolls through a Star Wars set and listens to the Electronic Dunes Festival.

Mons: European City of Culture 2015

Feb 21st, 2015 | By

Reza visits Mons in Belgium, one of this year’s European Capitals of Culture.

Contrasting Iran

Feb 13th, 2015 | By

Reza returns to Iran and poders on the tourist legacy left by both the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini.

The Jamaica Jazz and Blue Festival

Feb 9th, 2015 | By

Reza visits Jamaica to attend his first reggae festival.

Winter in Amsterdam

Feb 3rd, 2015 | By

Reza visits Amsterdam during winter and still finds it a fascinating city.

Christmas as a Parisian Novice

Dec 23rd, 2014 | By
Eiffel Tower

I saw the sign – “Métropolitain” – which looked exactly the same as the sign I had noted in my head, but it was not the right street! Reza encounters Paris for the first time.