Category Central Asia

Lyab-i-Hauz, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Lyab-i Hauz, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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 […]

Wilbur’s Travels – My 7 Travel Wonders Of The Past Decade

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 […]

Sunday Photos – Camels

Today’s photo collection features that ridiculous looking but truly amazing creature, the camel. Without the ship of the desert there would have been no Silk Route, no Samarkand and perhaps little or no amazing Islamic architecture throughout Central Asia. We have much to thank our hump backed friends for. Kraka the Camel, Krak des Chevaliers, […]

The Caravanserai, Sheki, Azerbaijan. Wilburstravels.com

Wordless Wednesday – The Caravanserai, Sheki, Azerbaijan

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Central Asia – The Joy of Looking Up

Whilst on my travels through Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan, I was taken aback by the sheer beauty of the Islamic art & architecture. Whilst the tile work and art on walls, doorways & minarets was quite exquisite, it was the colourful intricate interior ceiling designs of mosques, madrasahs, mausoleums, khans & palaces that really took […]

Monday Morning Blues – Lake Nohur, Qabala, Azerbaijan

This Monday’s photo to help beat the start of week blues comes from my visit to Azerbaijan last month.

Ceiling of the Juma Mosque, Shamakhi, Azerbaijan

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – Baku Excursion #1 Qobustan, Shamakhi & Gabala

Some of our best ever excursions have been when we have just found a taxi driver, negotiated a fare and pretty much controlled our own destiny. We resorted to book a couple of group excursions through a Baku agency and on the whole were left frustrated by the logistics and underwhelmed by the destinations. Why […]

The Caravanserai, Sheki, Azerbaijan. Wilburstravels.com

Georgia & Azerbaijan 2019 – Sheki

Continuing the October 2019 tour in the Caucuses….. Baku to Sheki, Azerbaijan Sheki is a picturesque town situated on the Ancient Silk Road 300km north west of Baku. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and is home to fabulous Summer & Winter Palaces, an amazing caravanserai and a nearby ancient Albanian church. More of […]

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Wordless Wednesday – Pilgrims, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Wordless Wednesday – Deniz Waterfront Building (AKA The Death Star), Baku