Welcome to Jordan, a historically rich and fascinating nation, generally regarded as the most stable and peaceful in the Middle East. Petra is the most famous of Jordan’s exceptional attractions – a complete city carved of rock over two thousand years ago by the Nabateans.
The moment when you push open the creaking door of an abandoned Medieval church on a mountain peak in the Pyrénées is not one you’ll quickly forget.
‘Ecce Homo’ (Behold the Man) by Elías García Martínez, famously restored by 80 year old Cecilia Giménez, is the only work protected by glass in the chapel of Santuario de Misericordia, in a tiny village outside Borja, Spain. Awful restoration or small town miracle? History will be the judge.
We are wandering through the old city in Seville, the capital of Andalusia, and we are lost. It is our third night in Seville, and being lost here is a surprisingly pleasant feeling. Each corner of the old town brings yet more wonders and even now, past ten in the evening, the sky is glowing blue and the streets are alive with the chatter and activities of friendly locals…
Like many people, I am not comfortable walking through bush alongside armed recreational hunters, some as young as 12.
From bustling Barcelona to the ghost towns of Belchite and Joadja, here are my top ten travel highlights from 2012.