Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Monday Morning Blues – Uzbekistan Railways Engine in Bukhara

My something blue today is from my 2018 visit to glorious Uzbekistan. I photographed this beauty as I awaited the Afrosiyob to speed me to Samarkand. Join us over on Twitter to post a ‘blue’ image from your travels every Monday morning. @wilburstravels

Sunday Photo – The Deniz Mall Building In Baku, Azerbaijan

I visited Baku in 2019, just as this interesting building was nearing completion. Situated on the Caspian Sea, it is one of several unique buildings in the city which also includes the nearby Carpet Museum.

Monday Morning Blues – Blue Train, Odessa, Ukraine

This is the bluest train that I could find without a deeper delve into my archives. It was taken in 2011 after we arrived at the Black Sea Port by train from Chisinau.

Sunday Sunsets – The Vanšu Bridge in Riga, Latvia

On the first Sunday of every month I join a group on Twitter that post a picture of a sunset. This month’s photo comes from a trip I made this January to the Latvian capital of Riga. The city is split in two by the Daugava River and

Friday Photo – Shahi Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

I visited the wonderful mausoleum complex in September 2018. It seems like a dream right now! Hamish & I were the only Westerners there at the time in fact there were very few men at all with the majority of visitors being groups of women. The colours & patterns you can are typical of the […]

Backgammon Players, Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sunday Photo – Playing Backgammon, Sighnaghi, Georgia

Sunday is for relaxation and chilling will family & friends. I love the traditions in Eastern Europe where older men gather to play chess or backgammon. The picture below was taken in the charming town of Sighnaghi in the Kakheti region of Georgia. The backgammon board was placed on a bin and play commenced.

Friday Photos – Armenia & Azerbaijan

Nagorno Karabakh Conflict The two former Soviet Republics are in conflict once more over the Nagorno Karabakh region – officially part of Azerbaijan but with a huge ethnic Armenian population. It is to Armenia what Kosovo is to Albania. NK as it is known, declared its own independence in the ‘90s and runs as an […]

The Ark, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Monday Morning Blues

Two years ago I was in Khiva in Uzbekistan, a truly wonderful walled city on the Silk Route. The minarets and historic buildings are fantastic and the small city has a relaxed vibe. I would love to go again! My photo to beat the Monday Morning Blues comes from inside Khiva’s Kunya-Ark Citadel, and features […]

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday Morning Blues – Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Türkmenbaşy Ruhy Mosque, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan The mosque in Turkmenistan’s capital was commissioned by the first president of independent Turkmenistan, Niyazov, following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. The mosque was completed in 2004 with a mausoleum for the president and his close family constructed alongside. Niyazov was to be interred only two years […]

Mauritius Sunset, Le Meridien Hotel

My Favourite Travel Photos – 11 to 15

What’s the point in taking photographs? This is the second in my series of favourite travel photos based on the memories they evoke and one or two that I consider passably decent. I am presenting them in clusters of five and today show my third favourite quartile. River Vltava, Charles Bridge & Prague Castle – […]