Category Central Asia

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#2) – Samarkand

Number 2 – Samarkand, Uzbekistan My 2018 trip to Uzbekistan with travel buddy Hamish was absolutely superb. You may already have read about the Turkmenistan leg of the trip (Darvaza Gas Crater was iconic travel moment number 4). Uzbekistan just about edged it for me, and even then it was a pretty close call between […]

My Iconic Travel Moments Part 3 – 2011 to 2019 (#4) – Turkmenistan

Number 4 – The Gate to Hell in Turkmenistan Turkmenistan was a truly amazing country to visit. From its surreal capital of Ashgabat to Ancient Merv and the city of Mary. One site however stands out as a truly memorable experience from my 2018 visit – the Darvaza Gas Crater in the remote Karakum Desert. […]

Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

The Gate to Hell – The Darvaza Gas Crater, Turkmenistan

Karakum Desert, Turkmenistan In October 2018 I visited the amazing country that is Turkmenistan. I have been looking back on a truly remarkable trip. 80% of Turkmenistan is made up of the Karakum Desert and 270 km northwest of capital Ashgabat there lies one of the nations gas fields. In the late ’60s gas was […]

Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

I love an indoor market and Chorsu is up there with the best. The colourful displays of sweets, cakes, nuts & aromatic spices are quite a picture, but it is the hustle & bustle that that goes on over two floors that is the real draw. The picture below is the main domed building of […]

Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Two years ago today I arrived in the Uzbekistan capital, the culmination of a memorable tour of the amazing country together with its off-beat neighbour Turkmenistan. I arrived with Hamish by overnight train from Urganch, back then the gateway to Khiva. Arriving at 7 in the morning we managed to find a cafe in the […]

Wordless Wednesday – Camels For Sale, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Bibi-Khanym Mosque Interior, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Bibi-Khanym Mosque Interior, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Remarkably it is nearly two-years since my epic trip to Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan. My photo today comes from what many consider to be Samarkand’s fourth biggest draw, the awesome Bibi-Khanym Mosque. The tilework and artwork are exquisite and in most cities would be the premier attraction. Samarkand really does spoil you! Join me and a […]

Music On My Travels – Years 2000 to 2019

This is the final part of my series highlighting the music that has accompanied me on my travels and that evokes extra special memories each time that I listen to it since. In the last 20 years I have been to many magical places, starting with Lebanon in May 2000 and culminating with Azerbaijan in […]

Monday Morning Blues Group – Peru & Central Asian Presentations & A Quiz

Last night we held our inaugural MMBG social on Zoom. The technology behaved, the presenters sparkled and a good time was had by all. This is how the evening panned out. For The Love Of Peru by Julia Hammond Freelance travel writer, proprietor of Julia’s Travels website and serial traveller (120 countries and counting) Julia […]

Dead Woman's Pass, Inca Trail, Peru

Friday Photos – Central Asia & Peru

This coming Monday at 8pm UK time on Zoom we will be having two brilliant presentations – see details at the end of the post. To whet your appetite, here are a few pictures from my archives. Peru Dead Woman’s Pass, Inca Trail, Peru Uros Islands, Lake Titicaca, Peru Inca Trail Start Marker, Peru Puno […]