The village of Taliouine in the Souss region of south-west of Morocco is known for its large production of Crocus plants that yield small stamen known as saffron. Saffron is an important cash crop for thousands of people in this remote part of Morocco in the Anti-Atlas mountains. Morocco is one of the largest producers of top quality saffron which is exported to markets around the world and generates income of around $8 million.Harvesting saffron is a manual process and farmers typically involve all members of their families in the hard work during the short season. It takes about 150,000 flowers to produce one single kilogram of saffron.I had an excellent local guide Said from the Escale Rando Kasbah in Taliouine http://www.escalerando.com/ An early start is required to get to the harvest areas just after sunrise.
When walking through the back streets around the market areas of Istanbul you will come across street porters carrying massive loads of goods on their back. The men continue a tradition established during the Ottoman Empire and perform an essential task moving cargo around the narrow streets.
Mount Nemrut in south-eastern Turkey is over 2,100 metres high has a spectacular tumulus and three terraces built by Antiochos I of Commagene (69-31 BC). The site is it believed to be the sacred resting place of Antiochos although archaeological research has yet to reveal any grave chamber or cavities in the huge tumulus.
Cairo’s Tahrir square which is known today as an emblem of the Arab Revolution in Egypt has also become an important source of income for many Egyptian families today. With the high unemployment rate in Cairo, hundreds of Egyptians earn their living, quite literally, from Tahrir Square.
Bonawe, the most complete charcoal-fuelled ironworks in Britain was founded in 1753 and brings to life the industrial heritage of the area and illustrates how pig iron was made.