What to buy in Turkey

What to buy in Turkey

Shopping in Turkey is a dream – if you know where to look. Four years ago, I spent two days in Istanbul and came home laden with spices and home wares, so with the festive season looming, I was very excited buy some good gifts 

Flying in Turkey – Pegasus or Turkish Airlines?

Flying in Turkey – Pegasus or Turkish Airlines?

We recently had our “summer holiday” to Turkey  and flew on airlines which both get consistently poor reviews on Skytrax.  At the time of writing, Pegasus gets 2 stars (4/10) and Turkish Airlines gets three stars (5/10). But does the experience fit the reputation?  Whether 

Hotel Review: Boutique Hotel Minzifa, Bukhara

Hotel Review: Boutique Hotel Minzifa, Bukhara

Bukhara is perhaps the place with the widest choice of charming small hotels in Uzbekistan, and perhaps Central Asia. So, on my trip to Samarkand and Bukhara, it made sense to push out the boat a bit and book a characterful traditional small hotel.  I 

Hotel Review: Antica B&B, Samarkand

Hotel Review: Antica B&B, Samarkand

Samarkand is a large city and it is harder to find charming accommodation close to the major sights. A hotel in Samarkand hotel is typically large, business-orientated and geared towards tour groups. After my good and very cheap experience at the Hotel Rahmon, I decided 

Two Days in Samarkand -what not to miss (Part Two)

Two Days in Samarkand -what not to miss (Part Two)

I had the opportunity to fulfill a big dream, thanks to an unexpected week off work and the end of the Uzbek visa rule in March.  And I had to act fast before this gift of extra time was to be booked up. Quickly I 

Two Days in Samarkand – what not to miss (Part One)

Two Days in Samarkand – what not to miss (Part One)

My impromptu Silk Road trip to Samarkand and Bukhara lasted six days, including two long flights, and time was a bit of an issue. What to do if you have limited time, want to see everything, but don’t want to spend a ton of money 

Hotel Rahmon, Samarkand: A model of hospitality

Hotel Rahmon, Samarkand: A model of hospitality

On my recent flying visit to the Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, my first contact with the locals was in this guesthouse I had just booked quickly in order to crash somewhere upon arrival. I had already booked some fancier hotels in Bukhara 

Travelling to Uzbekistan in 2019

Travelling to Uzbekistan in 2019

Uzbekistan has been a rather difficult country to travel in the past.  Most of us would need to apply for a visa, customs rules were extremely strict, immigration was difficult. And once there, you had to change currency at an unfavourable official rate in a 

Flying with Aeroflot: What is it like?

Flying with Aeroflot: What is it like?

Would you fly with Aeroflot? “Never never”, I’d say until a few years ago. You see a previous flight in a noisy Tupolev-134 on a class trip to Moscow did not really excite me, and I was glad to be out again, and years later, 

Hiking to Gergeti Trinity Church for the Unfit

Hiking to Gergeti Trinity Church for the Unfit

No trip to Georgia would be complete without seeing the Caucasus Mountain Range. The easiest mountain trip is three hours up the Georgian Military Road which runs from Tbilisi to Stepantsminda. We had two weeks for Armenia and Georgia, were travelling independently, and had wine tasting, 

Yerevan to Tatev and back in a Day’s Journey

Yerevan to Tatev and back in a Day’s Journey

When you travel to Armenia, you will undoubtledly be offered a tour of the Country.  But will you really need one to see the noteworthy sights, or are Armenia tours something for those who like their trips super organised? And what about Tatev, pretty much 

See Armenia the easy way: Day Trips from Yerevan

See Armenia the easy way: Day Trips from Yerevan

Armenia is a relatively small country.  It makes good sense to base yourself in Yerevan, even if you are planning to tour the country. Day trips from Yerevan may be easier, more comfortable and more budget-friendly than trying to do a tour. Why? Many sights 

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

Buying a Caucasian Carpet 101

When you travel with a backpack and a limited amount of cash, buying a carpet it probably not very high on your list. Of course not! And neither may be shopping. But then, we are past the age of thirty, we have a home that 

A Love Letter to Yerevan

A Love Letter to Yerevan

Would you have thought that Yerevan is a green relaxed city? I wouldn’t. A trip to Armenia didn’t really appear on my radar until I made plans to visit Georgia. And I thought it would be nice to see the some ancient Armenian monasteries dotted 

How to arrive in Armenia in Style

How to arrive in Armenia in Style

Armenia is a small country – with a small airport.  With only three million inhabitants, and Armenians living outside the country outnumbering them by about three times, you might think Zvartnots International Airport near Yerevan is somewhat of a large international hub where you can