Category Uzbekistan

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 – […]

Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Wordless Wednesday – A Trio Of Ladies, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Friday Photo – The Ark & Kalta-minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Khiva was the third major place I visited in Uzbekistan in 2018 after Bukhara & Samarkand. Despite such fierce competition, the walled city did not disappoint.

Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – U for Urganch (I really mean Khiva), Uzbekistan

I went to Urganch in 2018 – well to Urganch train station anyway. At the time Urganch was the nearest train station to the wonderful Silk Road city of Khiva and it was there that we travelled on an overnight train from Samarkand, as well as leaving from there a few days later for another […]

Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – S for Samarkand

Samarkand, Uzbekistan There are certain names that conjure images of exotic travel to far flung magical destinations. Timbuktu, Port Said, Tangiers, Damascus, Jaipur, The Caspian Sea, Lake Titicaca, Saigon. Samarkand is one of those places and is a location that very much lives up to expectations. It is undoubtedly the Crown Jewels of Islamic architecture […]