Today the eyes of the world will be trained on London and especially the abbey as the state funeral of our beloved monarch takes place. I walked alongside the queue to Westminster Hall last Friday, a stroll that brought home just how much Queen Elizabeth II meant to so many people. Rest in peace your […]

I walked past the world’s most famous queue on Friday and onto the touching floral tributes at Green Park. I share a small gallery below.

Marseille is France’s third biggest city, situated on the south coast close to Provence. We travelled by direct train from London a few years ago and had a wonderful time.

Kok Gumbaz Mosque, Shahrisabz (Timur's Birth City), Uzbekistan

Shakhrisabz was the birthplace of Timur on April 9, 1346, to the family of a minor local chief, and during the early years of the Timurid dynasty, enjoyed its considerable patronage. Timur regarded Shakhrisabz as his home town. It is 90km south of Samarkand, a scenic drive through mountains to get to.

This shot is taken from our train travelling eastwards to Erzurum in the Kurdish part of Turkey as we made our way to Georgia in 2015.

Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Memories of my 2018 trip to Central Asia helped to sustain me through the barren Covid years. Khiva was one of the last places we visited and fabulous it was too.

Lake Butrint, Albania

On my second visit to Albania in 2016 we took in the Roman ruins of Butrint in the south of the country. The site offers splendid views of Lake Butrint.

Fruit, Kish, Azerbaijan

During my 2019 visit to Azerbaijan, I took a train to Seki and whilst there took a local bus to an area known as Albania (nothing at all to do with Balkan Albania). Noted for its striking hilltop situation and tranquil villages, I walked to the church in Kish and spent a good hour doing […]

Quite a lot actually. The Southern French city on the River Garonne is a delightful place stuffed full of striking architecture, appealing al fresco cafes & restaurants and well-presented independent shops. I stayed there recently for two nights sandwiched either side of a trip to Andorra, and spent a very pleasant few hours strolling around […]

Skyros is a lovely unspoilt Greek island in the Sporades group that includes the better known Skiathos, Skopelos & Alonnisos.