2011-05-20It's about three in the morning and yet again the car alarm has been set off. It is a serenade of alternating police and emergency sirens and rhythmic honking. It is the fourth time since I went to bed a few hours ago. A couple of minutes later, the neighbor shows mercy by … Continue Reading ››
2010-05-13The train to the desert left Tunis at 9 o'clock in the evening and arrived at 5 o'clock in the morning in Tozeur. I thought I'd get a little sleep on the train so I can begin my adventure the next morning, but that was just a dream ...
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2010-05-15I did not really know what to visit, when I arrived in Gafsa. I had no map and there was no tourist office in town. I had read in my travel guide that Gafsa was famous for handmade rugs, but that there was nothing else to see in this small town in the … Continue Reading ››
Aleppo is a cultural patchwork. Muslims and Christians, Armenians and Assyrians, Arabs and foreigners coexist there in peace. You can meet a cart pulled by a donkey and then a luxury car within a few meters. The modern and the traditional are face to face in this extraordinary city.
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2006-06-04North-west of Aleppo in the Afrin Valley is Ain Dara. A deserted ruin, far from the tourist swarms, on a hill overlooking the Afrin river and the olive trees. The small temple is guarded by black lions. Lion have a long tradition of power in Syria. The temple dates back to the end … Continue Reading ››
2008-09-17When I stepped out of the bus in the middle of the Dasht-e-Kavir salt desert I thought it would be easy to find the exact spot where, some 30 years earlier, an American helicopter had crashed into a tanker airplane whilst on a secret mission in revolutionary Iran. I expected some debris to … Continue Reading ››
2008-08-11To get an idea about Iran, one should imagine the country as a flower, like one of the thousands of flowers you see in squares, parks and homes all over Iran, or as one of the white doves, that decorate public buildings and martyrs' graves. Because colorful and vibrant as a field of … Continue Reading ››