Category Central Asia

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Week 36 – A Tale of Two Cities

April 28th – May 4th, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey As we alighted our Pegasus Air flight to be graciously met by our CS host Ibrahim, we were astonished to be back in Istanbul. It didn’t seem like 47 days since we first stepped foot into this mesmerising, cultural city and into this enthralling, historical country. Back then, we were […]

Week 35 – A Rich Slice of Anatolia

Week 35 21st – 27th April 2014 Week 35 sees us in Goreme, one of the Crown Jewels of the Turkish tourism trail.  Goreme has given itself to the trade, and, nestled in a valley of its iconic wind-form rock towers, and peppered with man-made caves, is gearing up for another season. Rockville As a […]

Week 34 – Turkish Cuisine: Top 10

14th to 20th of April, 2014 Note: This post continues the Ship’s Log from Week 33. Our travel blog this week has subheadings that are a tribute to the joy of Turkish food. The food here has been  amazing. Turkish cuisine has made our now almost six weeks in Turkey even more memorable. Here are some of […]

The V-Go at anchor

Week 33 – On The Turquoise Coast

7th – 13th April 2014 Becalmed in Fethiye – and loving it We spent the first few days of this week pleasantly becalmed in the pre-season sun of Fethiye.  Ensconced in the light and airy flat of Emre, himself a tourist yacht operator from Marmaris, we enjoyed the nearby Fethiye foreshore, wandered its wide and […]

Week 32 – Hot Water At Cotton Castle

March 31st to April 6th, 2014 My Harbour (Merhaba=Hello in Turkish) This week sees us continue to shun the ant trail and have superb times in places the guide books don’t rate highly. This was ensured by the wonderful local people we met, who touched our hearts. These places have been the kind of places […]

Celsus Library - Ephesus

Week 31 – Roaming Asia Minor

24th – 30th March 2014 Our week began in the flat of Kutay and his girlfriend, who had generously put us up on their couch after their friend and our intended couch host Aytac was delayed returning from his playing commitments to the Canakkale Patriots American football team. The boys did some homework and made […]

Week 30 – A Turkish Welcome

March 17th to 23rd, 2014 A Small Miracle In week 30, we continued to enjoy the wonders of Istanbul. Istanbul, a universal beauty where poet and archeologist, diplomat and merchant, princess and sailor, northerner and westerner screams with same admiration. The whole world thinks that this city is the most beautiful place on earth. – Edmondo […]

Blue Mosque - Istanbul

Week 29 – Europa (or, there and back for a bit)

10th – 16th March 2014 Week 29 of our travels, and it’s time to move on from India, this fascinating, colourful, frustrating, proud and crazy country. Another side of Delhi We transfer over from the comfortable welcome of Greater Noida, to the keen hospitality of a couchsurfing host – Manmeet – who installs us in […]

Week 28 – Random Acts of Kindness

3rd to 9th of March, 2014 Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. – Scott Adams (1957) Creator Of Dilbert Comic Strip Week 28 found the Sabretoothed Chickens couchsurfing in Greater Noida, about one hour from Delhi. Our host Rishi works as […]

Winter...has come

Week 27 – Chilling in Mussoorie

24th February – 2nd March 2014 A room in the clouds This week we planned to slow down and relax, up among the off season quiet of Mussoorie, a Hill Station about three hundred kilometres north-east of Delhi and in the Himalayan foothills. We arrived on the Sunday, in the wheezing bus from Dehradun railway […]

Week 26 – Fantastic Five

Monday 17th – Sunday 23rd of February, 2014 Delhi Belly Unfortunately although soldiering on this week, we were all still getting over various levels of stomach upset. Although we had definitely acquired things before Delhi, it was fun to label it Delhi Belly. It was our first real bout of family illness since our episode […]

Hawa Mahal - Jaipur

Week 25 – Halfway Day

10th – 16th February 2014 The second half of our week-long stay in Bikaner was the flipside to the first:  we shifted out to a single room house lent to us by Ranjeev, a Bikaner couchsurfing host who dwells nearby in the same quiet eastern residential suburb.  Far from the bustle and railway horns of […]

Week 24 – Barren to Lush

3rd – 9th February 2014 Goodbye Desert Dreaming  I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince This morning Graham explored the Allure or wall walk on the ramparts of the Sonar […]

The colours of Jaisalmer

Week 23 – Of Marble Rooms and Silky Dunes

27th January – 2nd February 2014 We strolled up in the dreamy lake side calm of Udaipur, where high on a hill overlooking the old man-made Lake Pichola, and surrounded by a rim of mountains, is the City Palace, that echoes with the memories of twenty-three generations of Mewar Maharanas of Udaipur.  Since 1559, this place […]

Week 22 – The Taj

20th – 26th January 2014 Week 22 sees Graham and Prunella (now in their fifteenth year of marriage) fulfil a long held, romantic dream to stand together before The Jewel of India – the Taj Mahal. The Taj was comissioned in 1631 by the then Emporer Shah Jahan to house the body of his third […]


Week 21 – Varanasi to Agra

13th- 19th January 2014 The Indian Microcosm Varanasi.  A melting pot of India in one city, so they say.  Week 21 and the Sabretoothed Chickens’ Tour train arrives at Varanasi Junction.  Well they’re right so far: the train arrives about half a kilometre short of the station and waits for half an hour.  Some people […]

Week 20 – Better Late Than Never

6th – 12th January 2014 Week 20 would see us say a sad goodbye to all our artist friends at the Nagpur festival, have a luxury break and Safari at Pench National Park, explore the exquisite temples of Khajuraho and move onwards to Varanasi. Closing Ceremony Our Couch Surfer friend Deepak had led us through […]

Rajasthan Mahotsav Dancer

Week 19 – Couch Surfing into India

30th December 2013 – 6th January 2014 A Chilled Out New Year After a week of social events, sightseeing and catching up with our friends in Aundh, it was time for us to move on.  Having transferred over to the small but modern apartment of a Pune Couchsurfing host, Aniruddah (Ani), we welcomed a chance […]

Week 18 – Festivities with friends

23rd – 29th December 2014 Ancestral Village Day 124 started with comforting cornflakes and warm milk in the hospitality of Mangul and Henant’s home. Today we would be visiting Henant’s home village, his family farm and his middle school. We were impressed to learn that Henant and his father are still deeply involved in their […]

Gateway of India

Week 17 – They say it was in India…

16th – 22nd December 2014 Some days are better than others There are days on the road which can change your perceptions totally. Arriving in Bangkok for the fourth time in our travelling career, we had braced ourselves for another two days of battling through the traffic, noise, muggy heat and sheer scale of the […]

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