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Holiday in Chile (4): more of the Atacama Desert 

October 21st, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Today (Thursday) was spent exploring more of the Atacama Desert with particular reference to the salt flats. Valentina told us the salt flats of the Atacama Desert are the largest in the world after some in Bolivia and Argentina respectively.  We set off south and eventually stopped to look at some salt flats by the […]

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Holiday in Chile (3): the Atacama Desert 

October 20th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

It was a very early start to Wednesday and I mean early.  In Santiago, Silvia’s alarm went at 4.30 am and mine at 5 am.  The group left the hotel at 5.50 am with a packed breakfast and headed to the airport. We flew from Santiago in the centre of the country to Calama in […]

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Holiday in Chile (2): Santiago

October 19th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

London to Chile is 7,240 miles (11,650 kms) as the crow flies but we are not crows. So the flight from London to Sao Paolo in Brazil – starting on Sunday evening – was almost 11 and a half hours and the flight from Sao Paolo to Santiago in Chile was just over 3 and […]

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Holiday in Chile (1): introduction

October 16th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Over the past 16 years, my sister Silvia and I have enjoyed a series of holidays together and we are now about to embark on our 14th such adventure. Following an enjoyable visit to Colombia four years ago, we are now returning to South America to experience Chile with the travel company Cox & Kings.  […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (27): conclusion

September 29th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

It was always apparent that this trip to Central Asia would be a challenging one.  In the end, we visited four countries and not five (because Turkmenistan would not allow us entry); we made seven flights instead of nine; and we stayed at 16 hotels instead of 18. So, not quite what we expected, but […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (26): Tashkent in Uzbekistan

September 28th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Our last day in Central Asia (Day 25) was one of the very busiest of a consistently full itinerary.  In Nukus, the hotel offered the smallest breakfast selection of the trip.  We left the hotel at 8 am and reached the airport in a mere 10 minutes and then the flight to Tashkent was just […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (25): Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan

September 26th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

It was our penultimate day (Day 24) in Central Asia and, leaving behind Khiva after three nights, it was back to travelling, back to bumpy roads, back to the endless desert. However, the temperature had suddenly fallen from around 35C to about 25C which was more comfortable.  Over the last few weeks, we have spent […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (24): around Khiva in Uzbekistan 

September 25th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Day 23 found us still staying in Khiva and it was a light day with simply a morning trip to two nearby locations with a local guide called Enessa.  On the outskirts of Khiva is the Palace of Nurullabay which was built between 1906 and 1912. Like the Summer Palace outside Bukhara, this is a […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (23): Khiva in Uzbekistan 

September 24th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

We are now in Khiva (Day 22). Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand were all caravan cities on the legendary Silk Road, the ancient trading route that led from China through the Middle East and into Europe, and Khiva is the most intact and the most remote of these Silk Road cities. The place has existed since […]

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Holiday in Central Asia (22): the road to Khiva in Uzbekistan 

September 23rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

If our trip had gone according to plan, we would have driven into Khiva from the border crossing between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan a short distance away, having spent three nights in Turkmenistan. Instead on Day 21, we had to travel to Khiva by road from Bukhara, a distance of  some 450 km (over 300 miles) […]

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