Layers of History at the Metropol Parasol, Seville

Layers of History at the Metropol Parasol, Seville

When construction workers in the old quarter of Seville unearthed a number of hitherto unsuspected Roman and Moorish buildings they were faced with a dilemma: preserve the ruins, or carry on with their construction work. Luckily for us they chose to excavate the...

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Visiting the Al Ain Camel Market

Visiting the Al Ain Camel Market

The first time I tried to visit the Al Ain Camel Market I couldn't explain to the taxi driver where we wanted to go. He heard the word "market" and interpreted it as "mall". "What do you want to buy?" he asked. On that occasion, we gave up and went to Al Ain's...

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Searching for the Breamore Mizmaze

Searching for the Breamore Mizmaze

In my quest to visit all the remaining English turf mazes, I set out on a cold and drizzly afternoon to the tiny village of Breamore (a few miles from Salisbury) to find the Mizmaze on Breamore Down. Although the Breamore maze was clearly marked on my map, it was not...

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The Real Alcazar: The Royal Palace of Seville

The Real Alcazar: The Royal Palace of Seville

It would be possible for a casual visitor to miss the Real Alcazar – the royal palace of Seville – hidden as it is behind a small gate near the Cathedral. The entrance gives no clue to the extent of the complex of palaces and gardens within, or of their splendour. Yet...

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The Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi

The Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi

I first visited the Saadiyat Cultural District when the first gallery opened in 2010. But Abu Dhabi's art and museum quarter has come a long way since then. Saadiyat Island is now home to world class galleries and an annual art fair. Opening exhibition at Manarat Al...

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The Not So Empty Quarter

The Not So Empty Quarter

If you stand in the middle of what the British explorer Wilfred Thesiger called "The Empty Quarter" – the vast tract of desert that makes up most of Abu Dhabi emirate – and look around, what you will see is... emptiness. Mile upon mile of emptiness, as far as the...

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