Duncan J. D. Smith - The Urban Explorer
Duncan J. D. Smith is a travel writer, historian, photographer and publisher of the Only In Guides www.duncanjdsmith.com www.onlyinguides.com
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The Baron, Aleppo: Remembering Syria’s Legendary Hotel. The Baron Hotel in Aleppo was built in the late 19th century, on the outskirts of the city, at the edge of a marsh teeming with wildfowl. Many notable guests have stayed here, including Agatha Christie, fresh from the Orient Express on her way to meet her archaeologist husband, Lawrence of Arabia and French leader Charles de Gaulle. Read about the history and lure of this legendary hotel in this online this piece for Timeless Travels.
In 1925 renowned British explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett headed into the Amazon Jungle. Searching for a lost city, he was never heard from again. With the release of the film "#The Lost City of Z", travel writer Duncan JD Smith picks up the trail of one of the 20th century’s greatest adventure mysteries in this piece for EuroMen Travel.
In this exclusive interview, James Blake Wiener of Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) speaks to travel writer, historian, and photographer Duncan JD Smith about his early influences, his favourite authors, and the unusual perspectives he shares in his 'Only In' Guides. Reveling in hidden gems, abandoned ruins, and little-known museums, Duncan's books about major European cities are filled with fun bits of history and archaeology.
Patrick Leigh Fermor's 1958 book on the Mani region of southern Greece helped put the little-known area on the map. Today it pulls the tourist crowds, yet it still retains a raw appeal. Travel writer Duncan JD Smith dives deep into Mani to explore the otherworldly landscapes of this arid peninsula in a new article in hidden europe magazine.
"Ethiopia: Secret Land of Africa" - a lecture in 2 parts given by Duncan J.D. Smith. If you're wondering about the rattling noise in the background, it's the sound of roasting coffee beans. A traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony is being performed in the same room as the lecture. If only you could smell it!