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.
Travels in Europe, Asia & The Americas It is the time of the year to reflect back on the year’s adventures and look forward to what 2019 may bring. There is something different for me this year however. A recent nine-day hospitalisation has given me time to think about what the privilege of travel really […]
In the complex of the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani there lies a tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish. As is a tradition throughout Turkmenistan, ladies use their holidays to make pilgrimages to important tombs. The ritual is that the ladies, dressed in their finest clothes and jewelry, walk round and round the epitaph asking […]
Border Crossing Between Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan Our short stay in Turkmenistan was coming to an end. It was the morning we would be heading for the border with Uzbekistan from the Turkmen city of Mary. We had wanted to get the train to Turkmenabat but were told that the times we not convenient, either arriving […]
Ancient & Modern Turkmenistan Cities No this isn’t the name of a US sitcom or Australian talk show hosts, but modern & ancient cities a few kilometres apart in Turkmenistan. We arrived in Mary, one of the largest cities in the Central Asian country, by slow train from capital Ashgabat at around 1 in the […]