Central Asia: rebuilding a heritage

Central Asia: rebuilding a heritage

I spent a couple of weeks this summer in Central Asia, visiting the Silk Road nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.These countries have had a chequered history. From a rich heritage as trading posts, and at the heart of Timur's vast empire, all three nations have natural beauty but also magnificent historic cities, fortresses, mosques and madrassahs which play a substantial part in their heritage. All three countries have withstood countless invasions and destruction of the places Read more [...]
Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

Bukhara to Tashkent: Night trains in Uzbekistan

It's quarter to ten on a Wednesday night, and I'm standing on a station platform in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.I'm here on a trip-of-a-lifetime, bucket-list kind of adventure - and that's saying something for someone who travels as much as I do. But for many years now I've dreamed of visiting the beautiful squares and madrassahs of Uzbekistan, with their towering turquoise domes and exquisite mosaic façades. Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva: they have been on my wishlist for years, and this was the trip Read more [...]