Robin Ratchford reflects on a series of unforgettable experiences across the Middle East. This innovative account of his colourful and atmospheric journeys shows us why this region has always caught the imagination of those who visit.
From the historic bazaar of Aleppo in Syria, to the street markets of Baghdad, join Robin in a captivating account of his travels across the Middle East with its ancient cities and glittering metropolises. During his travels he gets lost in the Yemeni capital's maze of ancient winding streets and `goes round the bend' in Oman, meeting a kaleidoscope of clerics, artists and artisans along the way.
From Souk to Souk breaks the rules of the traditional travelogue. Robin takes the many challenges this volatile part of the world faces and gives them a more human perspective, providing a new way to view these countries steeped in history. Travelling through a region rich in contrasts, discover how history and humanity link its cities and people to a past which is not only theirs, but ours too.
With a combination of atmospheric descriptions and a critique both of Middle Eastern societies and Western perceptions of them, this book offers a personal insight into the Middle East in a way which is accessible to all, particularly those interested in travelling and the region itself.
Robin Ratchford has lived in six different countries and visited more than a hundred others. Travel, adventure and discovery are central themes in his life and a constant inspiration for his writing. Born in the United Kingdom, Robin is currently based in Belgium, where he lives with his faithful companion Mortimer the Fox Terrier.