Category Central Asia

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 […]

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan The mosque in Turkmenistan’s capital was commissioned by the first president of independent Turkmenistan, Niyazov, following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The mosque was completed in 2004 with a mausoleum for the president and his close family constructed alongside. Niyazov was to be interred only two years […]

The Monday Morning Blues Group

The Monday Morning Blues Group

We started the Monday Morning Blues Group over on Twitter 18 months ago with the aim to help us all get rid of the start of week blues by posting an inspiring photo from our travels that features the colour blue. With many of us feeling the lockdown blues we have decided to hold our […]

Mauritius Sunset, Le Meridien Hotel

My Favourite Travel Photos – 11 to 15

What’s the point in taking photographs? This is the second in my series of favourite travel photos based on the memories they evoke and one or two that I consider passably decent. I am presenting them in clusters of five and today show my third favourite quartile. River Vltava, Charles Bridge & Prague Castle – […]

The Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – The Ark & Kalta-minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan

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.