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Central Asia

Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelling to Uzbekistan/Kyrgyzstan... arriving in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), via Incheon (South Korea) then travelling to/through; Tashkent, Fergana (Uzbekistan), Osh, Jalalabad, Arslanbob, Bishkek, Cholpon Ata, Karakol, Tamga, Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Tashkent, Khiva, Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and back home via Seoul (South Korea)...



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Incheon Evening
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Outdoor dining on the streets, Incheon, South Korea.





Fresh Bread
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Fresh Uzbeki 'Odi Non' bread at the local markets, Fergana, Uzbekistan.





Margilan Minaret
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Ancient mosque in the 'Silk Road' town, Margilon, Uzbekistan.





Apartment Art
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Classic Soviet-era apartment block, Osh, Kyrgyzstan.





Arslanbob Views
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View of the stunning Khrebet Babash-Ata Mountains from the small village, Arslanbob, Kyrgyzstan.





Cholpon Ata
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A brief respite for the weary traveller on the tranquil shores of Lake Issyk Kul, where Kazakh and Russian holiday makers flock to frolic in the waters of the lake, Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan.





Russian Orthodox
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The unique and intricate detail of the all wooden 'Russian Holy Trinity Orthodox Church', Karakol, Kyrgyzstan.





Village Rose
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On the streets of the small, dusty, rural village, Tamga, Kyrgyzstan.





Last of the Eagle Hunters
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A young male eagle belonging to one of the handful of Kyrgyz who practice 'Burkutchu' or Eagle Hunting, Bokonbaevo, Kyrgyzstan.





Changing of the Guard
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At the central Ala-Too Square you can see the ritual of the 'changing of the guard' in the capital, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.





City of Walls
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The ancient 'Silk Road' town of Khiva is completely enclosed within these spectacular Mughul walls, Khiva, Uzbekistan.





Sunset Departure
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Late afternoon on the platform at the Urgench Railway Station, Urgench, Uzbekistan.





Kolan 'Great' Mosque Dome
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The Kolan 'Great' Mosque holds 12 000 worshiper's and is so grand, that in 1219 Genghis Khan thought it was the 'Palace of the Emir', Bukhara, Uzbekistan.





Uzbek Pottery
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Traditional pottery for sale on the streets outside the Kolan 'Great' Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan.





Bibi-Khanum Mosque
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The sublime colours of the famous Bibi-Khanum Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan.





Jongno
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On the busy streets, Jongno, Seoul, South Korea.



Other photos from my travels;

Uzbekistan photos
Kyrgyzstan photos
Korean photos





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Japan/Korea

Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelling to Japan/South Korea... arriving in Osaka (Kansai), (Japan) via Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), then travelling to/through; Osaka, Kyoto, (Kansai), Hiroshima (Chugoku), Fukuoka, Karatsu, Nagasaki, Shimabarra, Beppu, Fukuoka, (Kyushu), (Japan), Busan, Daegu, Seoul (South Korea), and back home via Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).



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Dotombori Streets
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The alleys and laneways of Dotombori are some of the liveliest in Osaka very reminiscent of those in the movie 'Bladerunner', and which come alive after night-fall, a must for any visitor to experience! Osaka, Kansai, Japan.





Fushimi-Inari Taisha
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The famous 'red torii' path-way of the Fushimi-Inari Taisha shrine, Kyoto, Kansai, Japan.





Golden Temple
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The famous Golden Pavilion of Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto, Kansai, Japan.





Pull Rickshaws
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Beautiful 'Old style', large-wheeled, Japanese pull-rickshaws that take tourists around the town, Arashiyama, Kansai, Japan.





A-Bomb Dome
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The chilling memorial of the destructive power of war on the people, Hiroshima, Chugoku, Japan.





Yatai Stall
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One of the hundreds of popular Yatai stalls that come out each evening to sell a variety of foods on the streets, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan.





Porcelain Bridge
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An exquisite porcelain tile clad bridge in the artisan village, Okaewichi-yama, Kyushu, Japan.





Limited Express
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The ubiquitous Japanese train shot, in fact it's the 'Limited Express', my 'weapon of choice' when it comes to transport, Nagasaki, Kyushu, Japan.





Kannawa Hells
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Hells or Jigoku, ie. steaming hot volcanic waters, used for the city's Onsen, surging through the streets, Beppu, Kyushu, Japan.






Yamato-Zep Drummers
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The exciting Yamato-Zep 'Taiko' drumming troupe performing one of their traditional lively drumming performances, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan.





It's Show-time!
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Mask at the annual International Mask Festival, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.





Postman Delivers
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Postbox at the annual International Mask Festival, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.





Jangseung
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Traditional Korean Jangseung, carved wooden totems, at the annual International Mask Festival, Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea.





Woori Nara Gogigui
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While this may not be Gangnam-style, Korean Gogigui (BBQ meats cooked at your table) is one of my all time favourites, usually served with lettuce, kimchi and an assortment of sauces, washed down with cold Soju, good enough to put a smile on anyone's face! Seoul, South Korea.





Jongno Tower
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One of the iconic buildings on the city skyline, Seoul, South Korea.





Other travels to Japan/Korea include;

South Korea 2007 - Kimchi tour around the unique island.
Tokyo 2004 - Exploring the urban megalopolis that is Tokyo.



Other Japanese/South Korean photos from my travels;

Japanese photos
South Korean photos





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Eastern Europe

Travel Map and Photographs

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Travelling to Eastern Europe... arriving in Istanbul (Turkey) via Seoul (South Korea), then travelling to/through; Istanbul (Turkey), Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria), Bucharest, Brasvo, Sighisoara, Sibiu (Romania), Budapest, Esztergom, Eger (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic), Tirana (Albania), Skopje (Macedonia), Sofia, Plovdiv (Bulgaria), Istanbul (Turkey) and back home via Seoul (South Korea).



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Galata Bridge
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Strolling across the famous Galata Bridge, Istanbul, Turkey.





Patriarchal Cathedral
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The medieval Patriarchal Cathedral, in the fortress of Tsarevets, in the "Village of Kings", Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.





Bucharest Evening
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Late evening in downtown Bucharest, Romania.





Brasov Square
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The lively square in tourist friendly Brasov, Transylvania, Romania.





Dracula's Castle
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The alleged castle of infamous 'Vlad the Impaler' aka 'Count Dracula', Bran, Transylvania, Romania.





Citadel Clock Tower
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Clock tower, in the medieval Transylvanian town, Sighisoara, Transylvania, Romania.





Transfăgărășan
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Upper section of the famous and spectacular winding, Transfăgărășan, Transylvania, Romania.





Bâlea Lake
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Two nuns walking around snow-covered Bâlea Lake, at the top of the spectacular Transfăgărășan, Bâlea Lake, Transylvania, Romania.





Saxon Cemetery
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Medieval 13th century Saxon cemetery, attached to the oldest UNESCO listed fortified church in the region, Viscri, Transylvania, Romania.





Saxon Streets
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Traditional Transylvanian Saxon houses, in the streets of UNESCO listed Biertan, Transylvania, Romania.





A Road Less Travelled
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Transporting a load of timber, by traditional horse and cart, on the back-roads between Viscri and Dacia, Transylvania, Romania.





Life in the Shadows
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A marginalised gypsy family, in the small isolated Saxon village, Malancrav, Transylvania, Romania.





Sibiu Solstice
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Locals share their atmospheric old town, with a winter make-over, ready for the production of a movie, Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania.





The Danube
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Cruising down the Danube, past the impressive Hungarian Parliament building in beautiful Budapest, Hungary.





Esztergom Streets
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This small historical border town is particularly significant for Catholics, with it's huge Bazilika, Esztergom, Hungary.





"Valley of Maidens"
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In the famed wine growing region and spa town, you'll find the "Valley of Maidens", where you can sample and buy a variety of local wines, Eger, Hungary.





Spooky Clock Tower
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A spooky gothic clock tower, from my hotel balcony, Prague, Czech Republic.





Pražský Hrad
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The massive bohemian Pražský Hrad Castle, on a gloomy night, Prague, Czech Republic.





Taking the Piss
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Controversial sculptor David Černý's Proudy', two men pissing into a pool the shape of the Czech Republic, outside the Kafka Museum, Prague, Czech Republic.






Above the Clouds
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Flying over Albania's "Mountainous Zone", on the approach to Tirana's 'Mother Teresa' International Airport, Albania.







Rruga Murat Toptani
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The enchanting Rruga Murat Toptani, lit up during the evening, in downtown Tirana, Albania.







Kruja Views
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Nestled into the hills an hour north of Tirana, is the spectacular village of Kruja, where you'll find a historical castle, interesting bazaar and awesome views, Kruja, Albania.





St Nedelya Church
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St Nedelya's is a medieval Orthodox church, dating back to the 10th century, and a landmark in the city centre Sofia, Bulgaria.





Nebet Tepe Views
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Evening view over the Thracian Ruins of Eumolpias, from Nebet Tepe (aka Prayer Hill), Plovdiv, Bulgaria.





Blue Mosque
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The famous 15th century Sultan Ahmed Mosque (aka Blue Mosque), Istanbul, Turkey.



Other Eastern European photos from my travels;

Bulgarian photos
Romanian photos
Hungarian photos
Czech Republic photos
Albanian photos





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