Gareth Huw Davies

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Across Turkey by train

The first 30 years of Turkey’s tourism story has been utterly dominated by air travel, and more recently cruise ships. It’s the rare intrepid visitor who drives all the way. But now the train is becoming a realistic travel option within Turkey, and even an alternative way to get there. While we continue to fret over… Continue reading

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Syria – when it was last at peace

Ten years ago, in March 2011, peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s government began in Syria. Before long a popular uprising turned into full-blown civil war, and unspeakable violence against civilians.  In 2021 Syria is economically devastated and divided, its populations dispersed and desperate, but Assad remains firmly in control.  I visited Syria in its last… Continue reading