By Sarah.Irving

Cordoba: city of caliphs and kings

Walking into the forest of red and cream striped arches of Cordoba's Mezquita - an architectural evocation of the date palms of a Saharan oasis - can bring a catch to the throat and tears to

Siena: Tuscan treasures

In the 14th century, the Black Death cut Siena's population from 100,000 people to just 30,000, and in the ensuing centuries war and plague made the city a husk, less than a tenth of its former s

Akka: city out of time

Even on a cool spring dusk, the evening sun falling on the warm stone of Acre's harbour buildings turns everything to a gentle golden glow.

London for vegetarians

I became vegetarian in the late 1980s, so I have dark memories of the kind of horrors that many restaurants used to think was acceptable veggie fare.