Armenia is full of monasteries, fortresses, and people who are passionate about their past. The traveller is always aware of the importance of religion and history in this little-visited country, whose only open borders are with Georgia and Iran. The borders with Turkey and Azerbaijan are closed due to past differences.
In the UK, visits to Leicester, Derby, Manchester, Bristol, and Cardiff are described. The first factory in the UK, a recently buried King, and stunning new buildings by the sea are given equal prominence.