26 September to 11 November 2018.
My partner Jools and I are about to embark on a trip to Uzbekistan, Greece, Spain and north-west USA. In due course I will post for each part of the journey under the maps below. I may produce some temporary posts as I go but only if I have sufficient time. Final posts will appear later (and I still have to finish final posts for Cuba and the Caribbean).
Links for summary posts and then final posts will appear under the maps in due course.
(Tashkent/ (Urgench)/ Khiva/ Bukhara/ Shakrisabz/ Samarkand/ Tashkent)
A country with a long history and the centre of Timur’s (Tamurlane’s) empire in the 14th century.
(Istanbul/ Athens/ Thira/ Crete)
Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern
Athens: Acropolis, National Archæological Museum
Thira: Oia, Akrotiri, Ancient Thira
- Hagia Sophia
- Topkapi Palace
- Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, and Hippodrome
(Heraklion/ Knossos/ Zakros/ Matalia/ Phaestos and Gortys/ Sougia/ Chania/ (Heraklion))
Home of the Minoan Civilisation and many layers of subsequent History.
- Heraklion and Knossos.
- Zakros and Eastern Crete.
- Matala, Phaestos and Gortys.
- Matala to Sougia.
- Chania and Rethymnon.
((Granada)/ Cordoba/ Malaga/ Almeira/ Cabo del Gata/ Granada)
Incudes Mezquita and Alhambra.
Also Barcelona, not shown on map of Andalusia above.
Sagrada Familiar, Gaudi Houses.
Olympic National Park, Washington.
((Portland)/ Quinault Rain Forest/ Hoh Rain Forest/ La Push/ (Portland)).
Rainforest, coastal seascapes, maybe wildlife.
((Portland)/ Cannon Beach/ Bandon/ Trinidad/ (San Francisco)).
A wild coastline where development has been banned since the 1960s.