Socotra:

Socotra – Weird Trees, Goats, Vultures, Fish

29 March 2020 | Places

Before returning to Australia for a statutory 14 day spell of self-isolation I was on the Yemeni Island of Socotra, staying in its main town, Hadibou. Socotra has been described as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean,’ but it’s the plant life which is of greatest inter...

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Hadibou – the largest town on Socotra, Yemen

26 March 2020 | Places

Hadibou – the largest town on Socotra Island and the capital of the island's eastern district – was my base while I travelled around that fascinating Yemen Island. ▲ The Central Mosque – I heard rather too much of this mosque during my stay in Hadibou. That’s the v...

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Socotra – the Island of Dragon’s Blood Trees

22 March 2020 | Places

‘Want to go to Socotra?’ my friend Simon Calder, eccentric travel editor for the London Independent, asked me in May last year. ‘Absolutely,’ I replied. I mean, what self-respecting traveller wouldn’t want to go to Socotra? ‘Right,’ said Simon. ‘Just send £800 a...

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