Category Uzbekistan

Sunday Photo – Ceiling in Registan, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. The name Registan means “Sandy place” or “desert” in Persian. The Registan was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis – and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) . Ceiling of Ulugh […]

Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues – Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

My latest blue themed photo aimed at alleviating that Monday morning feeling……. My September 18 visit to Uzbekistan ranks as one of my best trips ever. The walled city of Khiva is sometimes overlooked in favour of Bukhara & Samarkand, but to miss the UNESCO listed city is a crime in my opinion. More laid […]

Wordless Wednesday – The Afrosiyob Train, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

2018 Gone, 2019 Beckons

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 […]

Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Wordless Wednesday – Minaret of Islam-Khodja, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Samarkand, Uzbekistan – Day 1

Arriving in 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 […]

Kalon Mosque Portico, Bukhara

Bukhara’s Best

Highlights of Bukhara, Uzbekistan A breakfast fit for kings at the Safiya Hotel was a perfect set-up for some serious sightseeing. We positively galloped towards the Ark, Bukhara’s fortress and home to Uzbekistan’s Royal Sultans through the ages. We stopped briefly en-route, intrigued by the tap, tap, tap noise emanating from a small courtyard. It […]

Dome of Mir-i-Arab Medressa, Bukhara

Friday Photo – Mir-i-Arab Medressa, Bukhara

What’s the Story, Bukhara’s Glory

Nasreddin – A Silk Road Legend Nasreddin was a storyteller who would arrive in towns and cities along the Uzbek Silk Road on his donkey carrying a few meagre possessions on his back and a myriad of fables, poems, parables, legends & fairy tales in his head. Just like Gandalf the Grey in The Lord […]

Friday Photo -Khiva Souvenirs