Eothen: Idle Wanderings in the Time of Plague, Alexander William Kinglake’s 1835 Journey of the Eastern Mediterranean

In 1835 Alexander William Kinglake was crossing the Sinai Peninsula from Gaza to Cairo when he encountered an unnamed Englishman travelling in the opposite direction. The two small caravans stopped for a brief exchange, ‘I daresay you wish to know how the plague is going on at Cairo?’ the other Englishman offered. This was valuableContinue reading “Eothen: Idle Wanderings in the Time of Plague, Alexander William Kinglake’s 1835 Journey of the Eastern Mediterranean”

To an almost certain death: Following Henri Mouhot to Angkor

PDF Download Angkor Wat in Cambodia receives hundreds of thousands of foreign tourists yearly.  Access to the site is easy, the international airport receives direct flights from eight Asian nations and anyone who has arranged a visa and prepared themselves with anti malarial medication can arrive for and a enjoy a short jaunt before movingContinue reading “To an almost certain death: Following Henri Mouhot to Angkor”

The Belitung Wreck and the Jewel of Muscat

PDF Download of article The Jewel of Muscat on display In the ninth century CE a ship loaded with wares of ceramic bowls departed the south China coast bound for an Indian Ocean port west of India. Where the ship was bound we cannot be sure but Aden, Siraf and Basra were busy ports atContinue reading “The Belitung Wreck and the Jewel of Muscat”