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 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 […]
What’s the point in taking photographs? They are souvenirs of course, memories of fabulous sights, magical holidays & iconic locations. They can evoke amazing feelings and transport us right back to a special moment in time. Nowadays, with the advent of smartphones and digital cameras we take thousands of pictures and videos every year, an […]
The Akhal-Teke horses are the national animal of Turkmenistan. They are thought to be one of the oldest horse breeds in the world and have been the companions of the nomadic Seljuk Turks & Turkmen for many centuries. The strikingly beautiful beasts shine golden in the Central Asian sunshine and are rightfully a great source […]
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.
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 […]
As I prepare to embark on a trip from Georgia to Azerbaijan that will feature a few train journeys, it is a good time to reflect on a trip that I made a year ago from Turkmenistan’s capital Ashgabat and the eastern city of Mary. Ashgabat to Mary by Train Having spotted a train travelling […]
This is a photo I took in September 2018 as we travelled back from our visit to see the Darvaza Gas Crater.