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It is all kinds of wonderful to be home. We landed late on Saturday night in Melbourne, and breezed through immigration and customs in under twenty minutes. As much as I love waiting in line forView full post »

WHERE WE’RE AT: EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

SCOOTLAND! Rob and I both have a bad habit of lapsing into accents when we talk. We try to keep this to a minimum when we travel, for obvious reasons. But we can’t resist growlingView full post »

BUBBLES IN THE DESERT

This boy and his brother live in a yurt camp in the middle of the Kyzylkum Desert during the summer months. They don’t speak a word of English, but became good mates with Rob – showingView full post »

KHIVA, UZBEKISTAN: PART 2

+ KHIVA PART 1 This is a post for those of you who share my love of Islamic architecture. We really fell in love with the buildings in Uzbekistan – the colours, patterns, the sense ofView full post »

KHIVA, UZBEKISTAN: PART 1

The local legend is that Khiva is almost 2500 years old – founded when Noah’s son Shem stumbled upon a well in the middle of the desert and exclaimed “khiwa!” Sweet water. IView full post »

THE AIR CONDITIONED TELPEK HAT, KHIVA

The borders of central Asia were drawn by the Soviets with little regard for the culture, language and ethnicity of the different regions. Many Uzbeks actually identify as Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen,View full post »

BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN: PART 2

[BUKHARA PART 1] Sorry for dropping off the edge of the earth! Too many crepes and poffertjes in Paris and Amsterdam, too little blogging. It’s been a good week. And (Dutch) Christmas startsView full post »

BUKHARA, UZBEKISTAN: PART 1

Bukhara is probably the most touristy of the cities in Uzbekistan, but that’s a relative term in central Asia! It is about the same age as Samarkand, but has been allowed to age far moreView full post »

WHAT’S HIDDEN FROM VIEW

What I choose to photograph and write about inevitably records only a tiny view of our experience of a country and its people. I occasionally get an email asking for the stories we leave off theView full post »

INSPIRATION, DRIED APRICOTS + UZBEK HARRY POTTER | SAMARKAND

A few more from Samarkand – a random collection of snaps that takes me back to the dusty streets and bustling markets and laughing kids. To the joy and energy in the hot, dry air. Uzbekistan isView full post »

THE REGISTAN + OBSERVATORY | SAMARKAND

The two most famous sons of Samarkand share the mausoleum I posted yesterday – Timur, and his grandson Ulugh Beg. Ulugh Beg was more interested in the study of mathematics and astronomy thanView full post »

TERRIBLE TIMUR | SAMARKAND

I mentioned in the last post that Samarkand was the capital of Timur‘s empire in the 14th century. You probably haven’t heard of him (we hadn’t), but he is kind of a big deal. MyView full post »

SHAH-I-ZINDA NECROPOLIS | SAMARKAND

Samarkand was founded in 700BC, making it about the same vintage as Rome and Istanbul. It doesn’t get the hype of the other two, but it is a city of huge historical wealth and importance. ItView full post »

THE COOLEST KID (EVER)

Still going on the many many photos from Samarkand. I have no excuse, except that we’re in Florence. Sunset over the Ponte Vecchio, fresh pesto gnocchi, and spending far too much time stalkingView full post »