A travel photo of Erbil, Iraq.
A travel photo of a newspaper stand in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.
Laying slap bang in the way of getting to Turkey, we needed to cross Syria to get home but when we turned up at the border Syria said no and turned me away. We had to decide what to do next. The temptation was to turn around and head back to Egypt and take the once in a lifetime opportunity to have the Pyramids and the rest of Egypt’s historical assets to ourselves. Then we remembered the country we bumped when planning our route. We flew to Beirut.
Despite spawning urban souls for longer than almost anywhere on our planet, a sightseeing tour of Erbil, Iraq, will take in a few average mosques, a couple of nice parks and a busted minaret. On only one attraction can Erbil compete and compete well: the Citadel.
Iraq? That's the place on the TV isn't it? Are you mad? It is and no we're not. This is the 'other' Iraq: It's safe, the people are hospitable and it is well worth adding to your itinerary.