See how dogs were celebrated in the ancient world

We don't know exactly when dogs were domesticated. But when it happened, humans never looked back.

Iran: Meeting the nomads of Babak Castle

A hike to Babak Castle, in northwest Iran, proves fascinating, although the highlight is an encounter with a nomadic family

Iran: Hiking the Valley of the Assassins

Inspired by Freya Stark's travelogue, Shaun Busuttil sets off into the depths of this fabled and fearsome valley