Abu Simbel, Egypt
A little about Carly.....
Two years ago today I boarded a plane to Shanghai, China. Nothing particularly special about that. Except by deciding to board that plane I’d made some of the hardest decisions of my life and I was about to embark on the biggest adventure of my life!! On this anniversary I’ve been reflecting on the last
Istanbul is one of my absolutely favourite cities in the world. A city which straddles Europe and Asia, a city where those two different continents merge and meld to form a wonderful mix of cultures, a city of fantastic history – first as Byzantium, then as the capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, and
Arriving in Istanbul represented the end of my Silk Road adventure and it was an incredibly emotional experience for so many reasons. I first travelled to Istanbul ten years beforehand when it was my first time in the Middle East. That was an overwhelming visit where I was mesmerised by the incredible history and architecture of
Without warning cold water was being sluiced all over me, drenching me head to toe. Not long after strong hands were roughly scrubbing months of grime from my back. Those hands belonged to a half naked local woman with enormous, pendulous breasts. Throughout this experience no English was spoken. But hang on, you’re probably wondering what
In the far east of Turkey, under the shadow of the enormous and legendary Mt Ararat, lies the frontier town of Dogubayzit, the first stop on my brief journey through eastern Turkey. Dogubayzit I arrived in Dogubayzit after crossing the nearby border from Tabriz, Iran on my way to London after having spent the last
My travels in Iran draw the most attention and the most questions when I talk about my recent trip following the Silk Road from China, through Central Asia and eventually all the way to London. What was it like to travel to Iran? Was it safe? Was I scared? What did I have to wear?
You absolutely can travel to Iran as a solo female traveller! To prove it this is my experience of travelling in Iran as a solo female. In the months before I visited Iran many of my family and friends worried about the dangers I would encounter as a solo female traveller in Iran. Some people would
My epic overland adventure was about to continue. I’d already travelled from Shanghai across the vastness of China, into the mountains of Kyrgyzstan, onto the dazzling blue tiled Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan, through the strange and bizarre country that is Turkmenistan and I was now in the final stages of my travels in Iran that would see
Visiting Tehran can be a daunting experience. It’s a huge, heaving metropolis home to 15 million people and it’s the capital of one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. By the time I visited Tehran I’d been travelling in Iran for over two weeks and had already learnt that Iran was a fascinating,
Delightful surprises were hidden behind the tall mud-brick walls of the desert town of Kashan. Rich, detailed stucco decorations and stained glass windows of large traditional houses built by wealthy merchants many years ago were set amongst tranquil gardens of roses, pomegranates and pools of water. In another location was a wonderfully sumptuous bathhouse and