Category Uzbekistan

Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

I love an indoor market and Chorsu is up there with the best. The colourful displays of sweets, cakes, nuts & aromatic spices are quite a picture, but it is the hustle & bustle that that goes on over two floors that is the real draw. The picture below is the main domed building of […]

Friday Photo – Shahi Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

I visited the wonderful mausoleum complex in September 2018. It seems like a dream right now! Hamish & I were the only Westerners there at the time in fact there were very few men at all with the majority of visitors being groups of women. The colours & patterns you can are typical of the […]

Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

Sunday Photos – Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand

The tile work above the entrance to the Sher-Dor Madrasah at the Registan is amazing. It features a pair of tigers with a rising sun with human faces on their backs as they seem to be about to devour an antelope each. Notice also there is an image of swastika, which from ancient times was […]

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 […]

The Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues

Two years ago I was in Khiva in Uzbekistan, a truly wonderful walled city on the Silk Route. The minarets and historic buildings are fantastic and the small city has a relaxed vibe. I would love to go again! My photo to beat the Monday Morning Blues comes from inside Khiva’s Kunya-Ark Citadel, and features […]

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 […]

Tashkent Train Station, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Tashkent Railway Station, Uzbekistan

I have chosen a train theme for today’s Monday Morning Blues on account of our social on Zoom tonight at 8pm BST. That’s because our main presentation tells the tale of a remarkable train journey aboard the iron ore train of Mauritania. Lindy Pyrah will be recounting her nighttime journey through the Western Sahara on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 – […]