Gareth Huw Davies

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Down the King’s Highway into ancient Jordan

The King’s Highway was a busy thoroughfare down the spine of Jordan when the road outside my house was still part of the floor of the Wild Wood in pre-Roman Britain. It’s so old it has a write-up in the Old Testament (Numbers 20:17), when Moses and the Israelites try to pass through without being harassed by the people of Edom. It links Crusader castles, Roman fortresses, early Islamic towns, and the fabulous rocks city of Petra.

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Rotterdam’s revival – how direct London trains are boosting Netherlands’ second city

Feb 2020 news… Direct trains from the Netherlands to London will start running from April 30, 2020. Eurostar initiated a service from London to Amsterdam and Rotterdam in 2018. However passengers in the return direction have to change at Brussels and pass through passport control. The UK, French, Belgian and Dutch Governments have now agreed for checks… Continue reading

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From the Beatles to le Carré – the lure of lively Hamburg

Hamburg, the green-blue gem of North Germany, spangled with parks, lakes and canals, was chosen as one of the New York Times’ 52 places to go in 2017. Introducing the city, writer David Farley listed the latest things – Zaha Hadid’s meandering promenade along the Elbe, the 19th-century Warehouse District, given Unesco World Heritage status in 2015. The… Continue reading