Tag Archives: Central Asia

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 […]

Wilbur’s Travels is Four Today

Those nice people from WordPress have just informed that my first post was published four years ago. That first post told the tale of my 1995 visit to the Chinese city of Guangzhou by boat from Hong Kong. 710 posts later I am still enthused and planning much more. Here are a selection of photos […]

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

Ashgabat Neutrality Monument

Wordless Wednesday, The Neutrality Monument, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Sunday Photo – The Ark & Minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan

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 […]