Category Central Asia

Sunday Photo – Earthquake Monument, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

On 26 April 1966, at 5:24 a.m., an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.3 shook the city. It changed Tashkent”s appearance forever. Half of the city’s inhabitants were left without a roof over their heads and had to live in tents. The earthquake had had its epicentre at a depth of 10 km right under […]

Monday Morning Blues – The Lyabi-Khauz, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan is a truly magical country to visit and Bukhara is certainly one of the jewels in the crown. The ancient Silk Road city is stuffed full of wonderful Islamic architecture. Lyabi-Khauz is right in the centre featuring wonderful madrasahs and caravanserai. The pool used to be a watering hole for thirsty camels.

Cargo Trucks, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

Friday Photo – Cargo Trucks, Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan

This is a photo I took in September 2018 as we travelled back from our visit to see the Darvaza Gas Crater.

Sunday Photo – Khiva Train Station, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Itchan Kala, Khiva, Uzbekistan

My latest photo aimed at beating the Monday Morning Blues.

Ashgabat Neutrality Monument

Wordless Wednesday – The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Sunday Photo – Timur The Great, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Timur (1336–1405) was the ferocious and terrifying founder of the Timurid empire of Central Asia, eventually ruling much of Europe and Asia. Throughout history, few names have inspired such terror as his. Also known as Tamerlane, Timur comes from the Turkic word for iron. Amir Timur is remembered as a vicious conqueror, who razed ancient […]

Chor Minor, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Chor Minor, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

My latest Monday morning shot designed to help blast away those Monday morning blues with an image of a far away place. Chor Minor was built in the 19th Century as the gatehouse of the now destroyed Madrasah of Khalif Niyaz-kul in Bukhara, the city on the historic Silk Road.

The Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Samarkand Day 3 – The Registan

Think India and you think Taj Mahal, with Cambodia its Angkor Wat, Peru conjures images of Machu Picchu. In Uzbekistan, the chances are that thoughts will turn to Samarkand and the Registan in particular. And with very good reason. The Registan Meaning sandy place in Persian, the Registon was the ceremonial centre point of the […]

Gur-e-Amir, Samarkand

Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Day 2

We managed to resolutely resist Samarkand’s Crown Jewels, the Registan. That was for day 3, with today being dedicated to Amir Timur the Great. We would be driving 80km south over the hills and via a bustling market to Timur’s birthplace of Shahrisabz in Kashkadarya province whilst that evening we would also take in his final […]