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Tag Archives: Ancient Merv

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 […]

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Pilgrims Merv, tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish

Friday Photo – Colourful Turkmen Pilgrims, Ancient Merv

In the complex of the Mosque of Yusuf Hamadani there lies a tomb of an unknown 12th Century dervish. As is a tradition throughout Turkmenistan, ladies use their holidays to make pilgrimages to important tombs. The ritual is that the ladies, dressed in their finest clothes and jewelry, walk round and round the epitaph asking […]

Mary & Merv

Ancient & Modern Turkmenistan Cities No this isn’t the name of a US sitcom or Australian talk show hosts, but modern & ancient cities a few kilometres apart in Turkmenistan. We arrived in Mary, one of the largest cities in the Central Asian country, by slow train from capital Ashgabat at around 1 in the […]

Sunday Photo – Camel Train, Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan

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……