By John Gaye

Palmyra: pearl of the desert

Palmyra sits on an oasis in the middle of the Syrian Desert, about equidistant between the Euphrates and the Orantes rivers.

Exeter: history, shopping and eating

Not only is Exeter ideally located right in the centre of one of England’s most beautiful counties, Devon, it also has plenty to see and do without ever having to use the car.