Golestan Palace, Tehran

Built in the late 1800s Golestan Palace in Tehran combines traditional Persian architectural styles with a strong French influence. It’s a sizeable complex, now home to a dozen museums.The palace is set around a substantial courtyard and gardens with pools of green water, green lamps, bird song, and taped music. There were some wonderful tile…

Tehran

A huge, exhausting, exhilarating and surprising place, Tehran is the bustling and vibrant capital of Iran. More so than most places it is best explored, if possible, in the company of a local. Iranian’s are the most generous and welcoming people I’ve ever met, and the only people I’d trust (to a degree) to navigate…

Taster of Andalusia, Spain

Few of the smaller / out of the way stops we made eight years ago exploring southern Spain. Priego de Cordoba Lovely little town, with some famous caves nearby. And great views of Zuheros and the countryside on the drive back. El Chorro Gorge Subsequently upgraded and reopened in 2015, but at the time it was…

Iznajar

Our well located, and very pleasant, base from which we explored the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Iznajar was typical of villages / towns in this area, with white washed walls and narrow streets, but had the bonus attraction of a large reservoir. A wonderful place to spend a couple of weeks.

Seville

A wonderful Spainish city, with three standout places to visit. The Alcazar I’ve been to few places which combine as well the built with the natural environment, with beautiful intricate architecture and lush tropical gardens. I’ve visited the Alcazar twice, hugely memorable both times, a fabulous place. Museo de Bellas Artes Had a literally jaw…

The Alhambra

One of the wonders of the world, a beautiful collection of buildings built centuries apart. From the original fortifications, to the best known Moorish palaces, to Charles V’s Renaissance palace, along with some stunning gardens. It is deservedly popular so book ahead online, but it is an absolute must do if you’re in this part…

Malaga

Far better than reputation might suggest, Malaga has a surprising amount of history to explore. Alcazaba Prime hill top location for this fort complex. Which had some good views over the town, which we briefly explored. Jardin Botanico La Concepcion Flagged as one of the best gardens in Spain this fell well short of that title…