Silk Road Series: Bukhara

"Bokhara, the most shameless sink of iniquity that I know in the East." -Arminius Vambery, Hungarian traveller and first European to...

Silk Road Series: Samarkand, Uzbekistan

“We travel not for trafficking alone; By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned: For lust of knowing what should not be known We take...

Dazzling Abu Dhabi

It’s hard not to feel a bit of empathy for countries or states that share borders with more famous ‘celebrities’. Although Abu Dhabi and...

Mountain of the Sun

The world’s second deepest canyon goes by several different names. You may see it called Wadi Ghul or Wadi Nakhar, with Wadi being an...

Seas of Sand: Camping in the Wahiba Desert

I wouldn’t be the first to remark that the feeling of being in a desert is not too different from that of sailing through wide-open...

Oman: Splendours of Arabia

What images come to your mind when you read the word “Oman”? If you had asked me this question two years ago, I probably wouldn’t be able...