The Journey to Baalbek, Lebanon

We’re driving from Beirut to the ruined Roman city of Baalbek, shadowing Syria’s war torn border into Hezbollah territory, a journey defined by its panoply of imagined risks. In newspaper reports about Lebanon, death morphs into mercenary configurations, stretching beyond car accidents into kidnapping and mortar attacks and bombs. Images that taint adventure and raise … More The Journey to Baalbek, Lebanon

Sabah, Borneo

Nurtured by magical isolation, Borneo’s jungle is wondrous, heartwarming and irreplaceable. Dipterocarp trees shoot straight to the sky like giant rockets, burst open and spray branches into umbrella frames; orang-utans snap boughs into nests before curling up for the night; flying squirrels snooze in hollow trunks. Borneo can be strange or familiar, western or oriental, … More Sabah, Borneo

Souk Shopping

A recent public holiday meant a long weekend in Dubai and this was a chance to spend some time out of the apartment, if the weather wasn’t too hot.  The decision was where would we go and, as usual, expat-grandad chose his favourite place.  Old Diera and down by the creek to the old spice … More Souk Shopping

Cornwall, England

The sea has nibbled Cornwall into intriguing coves, ideal for smugglers and cool cafes. England’s spiky heel is a hilly, curvy couture of palm trees, high hedges and beaches. When the sun’s shining and you can find somewhere to park, there’s nowhere hipper for an English beach holiday. And when the wind’s gusting, you’re never … More Cornwall, England