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DESERT MUSINGS

I’ve never been captivated by the desert like so many British explorers. Notably Wilfred Thesiger, author of Arabian Sands, an account of his crossing of the great Empty Quarter, one of the last unmapped regions on earth. Or the Frenchman Rene Caille, the … Continue reading

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YEMEN & THE WAR THE WORLD IGNORES

The terrible war over who rules Yemen drags on to its third year. Yemen was always one of those off-the-beaten-track places, totally untouched by tourism. When I first visited the country in the early eighties, there was no national newspaper, … Continue reading

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Memories of Egypt: a photo-essay

The British travel agent Thomas Cook escorted the first ever tour to Egypt back in 1869. From that cautious beginning, international tourism was born. Places such as Giza and Luxor soon became household names. In 1922, the renowned archaeologist Howard … Continue reading

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