San Marino: The Land of the Clifftop Castles

Being obsessed with geography means you’ll know cities and places that other people haven’t quite heard of. Like for example the five gorgeous microstates of Europe. A microstate is exactly as its name suggests; a small nation with a small population. Sure everybody has heard of arguably two of the most famous microstates in Europe…… Continue reading San Marino: The Land of the Clifftop Castles

Continent in Focus: Australia and Oceania

Last week was the western region of Europe so this week we continue with the final continent, my home continent Australia! And to not leave out some amazing islands in the South Pacific that technically don’t belong to a continent I decided to extend this to include Oceania. My instagram page, @my100by40, is updated daily…… Continue reading Continent in Focus: Australia and Oceania

Continent in Focus: North America

Last week was South America, so this week it makes sense to go to the north and focus on North America. My instagram page, @my100by40, is updated daily with a different theme related to the continent in focus of the week: Monday’s: An Underrated GemTuesday’s: A Place I Would Return toWednesday’s: A UNESCO SiteThursday’s: Most…… Continue reading Continent in Focus: North America

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 13): Turkmenistan – A City of White

A city that knows what it likes – white and gold. Ashgabat. Turkmenistan’s capital and largest city has a reputation of being strange and deserted, and it definitely was. A sea of white, grand buildings dominate the urban landscape of Ashgabat and while there were people on the streets, its emptiness was extremely noticeable. After…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 13): Turkmenistan – A City of White

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Turkmenistan’s landscape is dominated by deserts. The fifth and final Stan of my trip through Central Asia was Turkmenistan. Notoriously known as being closed, reclusive and politically isolated, there was a sense of accomplishment as my passport got stamped with a Turkmen entry stamp. The country is the eleventh least visited nation in the world,…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 12): Turkmenistan – The Journey to the Gates of Hell…

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Departing Bukhara we had an 8 hour drive through the Kyzylkum desert; the 15th largest desert in the world, towards Khiva. Khiva is quite isolated and sometimes left out on some Uzbek itineraries but I am so glad I visited this wonderful city. In fact, upon reflection it made my Top 15 Cities I’ve ever…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 11): Uzbekistan – Khiva; in the middle of the desert.

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Heading west from Samarkand was a 1.5 hour high speed train trip to another well known Silk Road pit stop. It was around 10:30pm when we arrived at Bukhara. Our bus was waiting to take us to our hotel, which turned out to be more memorable than most occasions where I’ve been taken to a…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 10): Uzbekistan – Bukhara, The Silk Road Continues

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Intricate designs both inside and outside The Silk Road. The series of interconnected trade routes between western Europe and eastern China operating during the 2nd Century BC and 15th Century AD. At it’s epicentre, the ancient city of Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s most visited city is one of the oldest continuously populated cities in Central Asia. It…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits