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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Statue of legendary Seljuk Turk satirical story teller Nasreddin on his trusty donkey. Nodir Devon Begi Madrassa in the background.
I subscribe to the notion that the joy of a trip should be in the journey as well as the destination or more often than not the destinations. I love getting somewhere by train if possible. For example, SNCF strike permitting, I am off to Marseille by train from London in a few weeks. Eight […]