Bergen, Norway: a cultural city guide (Sunday Telegraph)

After trips to Libya, Tunisia and Palestine this year I decided to escape the Arab uprisings and visit Norway. My grandmother was Norwegian, and we’d enjoyed family holidays there,  but I hadn’t been to Bergen since I was a child. In an age of increasing homogeneity it was good to visit a place that is so distinctly – well – Norwegian. The Telegraph published my cultural guide to the city.

Arabian Sights: hiking in Jordan (Spectator)

Jordan is the first country in the Middle East I visited, and for a number of years I led hiking trips there. So when the editor of  The Spectator’s new travel supplement asked me to write a piece on adventure travel, I was happy to oblige her with a piece on walking through Jordan. Here is the article in the print version (pages 32-35) and in the less photogenic online version.