Fancy a holiday in Iraq?

Retired London archaeologist Bridget Jones is looking through souvenirs at Baghdad market. “Very hard to find decent postcards,” she laughs. “No tourists you see.” Captured on YouTube footage, Jones is enjoying a package tour of Iraq. She has dreamed of touring the country since she was seven. Listing Babylon and the Marsh Arabs as her favourite sights, she’s asked if she felt safe. “Oh yes, yes. We heard a couple of explosions at night here. But I felt very safe.” Jones was one of eight western tourists who enjoyed the tour organised by Hinterland Travel in the UK in March, but can we really buy into the concept of holidays in Iraq? To read the whole story by Andy double click pages above.

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