Historic Cities #1
Sand. Sand, sand, sand. Then this, rising up from the desert. A city: Khiva. Full of houses, public squares, minarets, madrasahs, mosques; all the trappings of a city. But never, in Khiva, do you feel free of the desert. Khiva is a city of sand, a city of the desert. The occasional splash of aquamarine tiles only heightens the sandy palette.
Historic Cities #2
Why are there so many watchtowers? That’s what I keep thinking as I pick my way along the muddy, disorderly, old-world laneways of Ushguli in the mountainous Svaneti region of Georgia.
Historic Cities #3
Lamu is an island on Kenya’s northern coastline situated 250 kilometres north of Mombasa, and 100 kilometres south of the Somali border.
Historic Cities #4
Cuba is trapped in a time bubble. Walk down the main street of Havana today and you’ll swear you’ve been sent back to the 1950s.
Historic Cities #5
I can’t believe there are so few tourists here in Berat. How can there be picturesque laneways like this one, and yet, no tourists? It makes no sense.
Historic Cities #6
Český Krumlov is beautiful. Maybe even a little too beautiful? It feels, at times, as if the city beautification program has gone about their task without the steadying hand of restraint…
Historic Cities #7
Popayán, in southwest Colombia, was founded in 1537. It was once one of the most important cities in South America, being strategically located between the three major Spanish ports of Cartagena, Quito, and Lima.
Historic Cities #8
Granada has been a strategically important city since its founding in 1524.
Historic Cities #9
The locals like to call the Bay of Kotor a fjord, but in truth it isn’t. Fjords are carved out by glaciers, whereas the Bay of Kotor, in Montenegro, is simply a flooded river valley.
Historic Cities #10
Zanzibar. What springs to mind when you hear the name?