Category Central Asia

Kalon Mosque Portico, Bukhara

Bukhara’s Best

A breakfast fit for kings at the Safiya Hotel was a perfect set-up for some serious sightseeing. We positively galloped towards the Ark, Bukhara’s fortress and home to Uzbekistan’s Royal Sultans through the ages. We stopped briefly en-route, intrigued by the tap, tap, tap noise emanating from a small courtyard. It was a chap chiseling […]

Dome of Mir-i-Arab Medressa, Bukhara

Friday Photo – Mir-i-Arab Medressa, Bukhara

What’s the Story, Bukhara’s Glory

Nasreddin was a storyteller who would arrive in towns and cities along the Uzbek Silk Road on his donkey carrying a few meagre possessions on his back and a myriad of fables, poems, parables, legends & fairy tales in his head. Just like Gandalf the Grey in The Lord of the Rings, Nasreddin was revered […]

Friday Photo -Khiva Souvenirs

Wordless Wednesday, The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Sunday Photo – The Ark & Minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – Colourful Turkmen Pilgrims, Ancient Merv

In the complex of the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani there lies a tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish. As is a tradition throughout Turkmenistan, ladies use their holidays to make pilgrimages to important tombs. The ritual is that the ladies, dressed in their finest clothes and jewelry, walk round and round the epitaph asking […]

Wordless Wednesday – Mary City Mosque, Turkmenistan

Carry On, Follow That Camel!

The unusual title for my blog post is actually the title of one of my favourite films in the long running series of comedic ‘Carry On’ films that became a much loved staple of UK cinema in the ’50s, ’60s & ’70s. This one had our bawdy crew of iconic innuendo spouting stars such as […]

Bordering On The Ridiculous

Our short stay in Turkmenistan was coming to an end. It was the morning we would be heading for the border with Uzbekistan from the Turkmen city of Mary. We had wanted to get the train to Turkmenabat but were told that the times we not convenient, either arriving at 1, 3 or 5 in […]