In 1948 the capital of Turkmenistan was razed to the ground by a devastating earthquake. The two shocks lasted less than a minute in total, but are said to have measured 9.6 on the Richter Scale and claimed 110,000 lives, about 60% of the then population. This would make it the most powerful quake on […]

I am just back from a two week trip in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan visiting the ancient Silk Road sights. Sometimes the most memorable sights are the unexpected ones……

There cannot be many countries that revere a breed of horse like the Turkmen. The image of the Akhal-Teke is the national emblem and features on the likes of postage stamps & banknotes, whilst many cities have a statue of the breed in prominent positions in their centres. The beautiful thoroughbred horse can be several […]

As usual the response from people who don’t know me that well when I mentioned that I was going to the Central Asian country was “why?” Those how know me a bit better already knew, “because it’s there, it’s slightly mysterious and well, why not?” It is indeed a little mysterious to us in the […]

I had armed myself with two Northern Light apps designed to let you know whether you have any chance of witnessing Lady Borealis. I got addicted to the site in an unhealthy ‘World of Warcraft’ kind of way, constantly logging in for the latest update only a few minutes after the previous look. It was […]

Those with good memories may remember that we embarked on a Norway tour this January and that I had left off with our time in Narvik and our side trip by train to Abisko in Sweden, plus an unfulfilled attempt to catch the Aurora Borealis. So having visited Oslo, Trondheim, Fauske and Narvik, we now […]

Having travelled on a fair few overnight train journeys overseas, I thought it about time I did one in the UK. With little interest in Paddington – Penzance, it was the opportunity to do London to Edinburgh that won my vote. So what did I think? Platform 3 London Euston I paid £185 for a […]