• 2 Dec0
    The Louvre Islamic wing now open!

    The Louvre Islamic wing now open!

    Well OK, it’s hasn’t ‘just’ opened, but still there are many people who may not know that this supreme collection of Islamic artefacts is now back on display in a brand new wing. It officially opened on 22 September 2012 and if you are planning a visit to Europe next year, do try to make […]

     
  • 6 Nov0
    Safranbolu: An Ottoman Treasurehouse

    Safranbolu: An Ottoman Treasurehouse

    Located about 100 kilometres south of the Black Sea coast, the World Heritage-listed Safranbolu is an archetypal Ottoman town that has survived, virtually untouched, to the present day. UNESCO describes it thus: By virtue of its key role in the caravan trade over many centuries, Safranbolu enjoyed great prosperity and as a result it set a […]

     
  • 20 Oct0
    Tantalising Tunisia

    Tantalising Tunisia

    I’ve just spent a week and a half exploring Tunisia, and it’s been a really interesting trip. A major highlight, for me, was the Great Mosque at Kairouan, which I was lucky enough to see at sunset. The sandstone facade was suffused with an almost surreal golden light which gave it a very special character…. […]

     
  • 21 Sep0
    Back to Morocco

    Back to Morocco

    It’s great to be back in Morocco!  Today I drove south from Marrakech and over the High Atlas. The highest point was Tizi n’Test (slightly lower than Tizi n’Tichka, which those who have been to Morocco with me will recall). It was the most extraordinary road – one of the most beautiful drives I can […]