Silk Road by MGB – Days 63 to 71 in Uzbekistan
11 June 2017 | Places
Kyrgyzstan was a case of continuous culture shock, not what I had expected of the ex-Soviet Central Asian ‘stans when it came to the geography or the culture. The surprises continued in Uzbekistan, when we reached Samarkand and Bukhara with their wonderful Islamic art...
Silk Road by MGB – China & Kazakhstan Day 47 to 57
5 June 2017 | Places
I’m in to Uzbekistan now on Day 65, but here’s a quick catch up from Day 47 to 57
Day 49 – Dunhuang is famous for its Buddhist caves and for the Singing Sand Dunes. The caves were indeed terrific, but after Maijishan it was hard to be impressed. The sand dunes, how...
On the Road – Part 3
31 May 2017 | Transport
We’re at Day 60 on our Silk Road by car odyssey, out of China, through Kazakhstan and into Kyrgyzstan, but here are some final thoughts on driving in China after covering 10,500km from the Laos border to the Kazakhstan one.
▲ My car, Burgundy, in trouble. It was to...
32 Days along the Silk Road by MGB – On the Road – Part 2
5 May 2017 | Transport
◄ Most of our driving in China has been on ‘Highways’, the extensive network of toll roads which have popped up in the last couple of decades. They’re fast, generally well maintained and for the first week or so after we crossed the border from Laos often remarkably e...
32 Days along the Silk Road by MGB – On the Road – Part 1
4 May 2017 | Transport
Of course a lot of our Silk Road travel – and we don’t even really start on the Silk Road until we get to Xian – is actually on the road. Part 1 of some ‘on the road’ shots. The trip has featured in an Australian Financial Review article.
▲ We can pack out a petrol...