Sighnaghi, Walled Town, Georgia

Signagi is situated in the Georgian wine growing region of Kakheti in the shadow of the Caucus Mountains. In the 18th Century a 4km wall was built to protect against potential invaders and my picture shows a part of that wall that is still intact.

Ceiling of the Juma Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

With foreign travel perhaps on the agenda again I am sharing a few photos of my last trip outside Europe to the Caucasus country of Azerbaijan. The former Soviet is considered as Europe by some, but is very different to the rest of the continent, especially if you venture outside Baku as we did. We […]

I took this shot from the balcony of our accommodation in 2006. We travelled to Ohrid by bus from Skopje and had a fabulous time by the beautiful lake.

Khiva Train Station

I have magical memories of my 2018 trip to Uzbekistan. We zipped about on the train taking in Bukhara, Samarkand, Khiva & Tashkent. Here are a couple of the station buildings.

Unfortunate news this week of a bad fire in the iconic cafe in Edinburgh where JK Rowling penned parts of her Harry Potter books. Hopefully it can be restored to its glory quickly.

Nohor Lake, Azerbaijan

My last trip outside of Europe was to Azerbaijan in late 2019. When and where will the next one be?

The Ashgabat Earthquake In 1948 the capital of Turkmenistan was razed to the ground by a devastating earthquake. The two shocks lasted less than a minute in total, but are said to have measured 9.6 on the Richter Scale and claimed 110,000 lives, about 60% of the then population. This would make it the most […]

With foreign travel off our agenda for the time being, we arranged to visit places in the UK that we had (mostly) not been to before. We first made for Lincoln, braving the Friday madness of the M25 & M11. I had pulled out a couple of aces for our stay – firstly by booking […]

The Akhal-Teke Horses of Turkmenistan

This morning’s picture comes from just over a week ago, which I took on our UK tour. We arrived on the island by boat from Seahouses and found the place almost deserted as the tide was in making it inaccessible by car at that time. You can see the 16th Century built Lindisfarne Castle in […]