Category Central Asia
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
This Monday’s photo to help beat the start of week blues comes from my visit to Azerbaijan last month.
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 […]
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 […]