Tag Archives: Turkmenistan

Ashgabat Grand Mosque

Ashgabat, Risen From The Rubble

The Ashgabat Earthquake 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 […]

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……

The Akhal-Teke Horses of Turkmenistan

Bring on the Golden Horses –

The Akhal-Teke Horses of Turkmenistan 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 […]

A Journey Through Turkmenistan

Visiting Turkmenistan 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 who 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 […]

The Joy Of Booking

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 […]