Category Central Asia
Khiva was the third major place I visited in Uzbekistan in 2018 after Bukhara & Samarkand. Despite such fierce competition, the walled city did not disappoint.
I went to Urganch in 2018 – well to Urganch train station anyway. At the time Urganch was the nearest train station to the wonderful Silk Road city of Khiva and it was there that we travelled on an overnight train from Samarkand, as well as leaving from there a few days later for another […]
Samarkand, Uzbekistan There are certain names that conjure images of exotic travel to far flung magical destinations. Timbuktu, Port Said, Tangiers, Damascus, Jaipur, The Caspian Sea, Lake Titicaca, Saigon. Samarkand is one of those places and is a location that very much lives up to expectations. It is undoubtedly the Crown Jewels of Islamic architecture […]
Today’s photo comes from my 2018 visit to Uzbekistan. The market in the capital is stuffed with colourful stalls selling nuts, fruit, spices & sweets. Follow me on Twitter @wilburstravels to join in with me and others who post pictures every Monday to help us beat those Monday morning blues.
Tashkent If you visit the Central Asian jewel of Uzbekistan, the likelihood is that Tashkent will be either your entry or exit point. The Uzbek capital is unsurprisingly somewhat in the shadow of the fabulous Silk Road cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand and if like me it happens to be the 4th major spot […]
In Turkmenistan ladies use their annual leave to go on pilgrimages to holy sites to pray for fertility. They are often joined by their mothers who pray for family health. Here’s some I met in Ancient Merv.
The best selling tour out of Baku is to visit Gobustan and the Absheron Peninsula, which takes you out into both the desert and oil-well & gas pipeline country. The tour was to leave me underwhelmed and more than a little irritated due to poor organisation, pain in the rear guests and a case of […]
Today’s photo aimed at beating the Monday morning blues comes from my 2018 trip to Uzbekistan. Lyab-i Hauz is the name of the area surrounding one of the few remaining hauz (ponds) that have survived in the city. Until the Soviet period there were many such ponds, which were the city’s principal source of water, but […]
Travel is a great defining constant in my life and as I reflect on the last ten years of travels, I am extremely grateful that I am able to indulge in my passion on a regular basis. I have visited 22 new countries in the decade and revisited many more old favourites. I found it […]