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The Oriental Caravan's 

Postcard from 

Tokyo to London

September 2007

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All images copyright
Phil Colley Photography

the car
 
 


the cause...

www.makeroadssafe.org

 

the crew

 

the route

(map courtesy of EUROWATCHCENTRAL Limited)

     







Early morning Osaka, Japan Amazing hospitality, Korea Busan, Korea
     






En route from Busan to Seoul - the first (and last!) sign that we were actually on the Asian Highway
Asian Highway map
Iranian cargo ship at Tanggu docks, China Car marques to Karl Marx? Mao's portrait in Tiananmen Square, Beijijng
     




Happy man Some of the going in China got rough... Uighur girl, Urumqi
     
 

 

 

 

Somewhere along the Gansu corridor Cyclist, Hami

Arrival in Zhengzhou

     
 

 

Young boy, Hami Commuting home, Hami Young man, Zhangye
     
 

 

 

 

Road-side stop, near Xian Chinese settler in Urumqi,  Traffic jam, near Xian
     
 

 

 

 

Girl, Zhangye Happy man in situ Passing through the Great Wall of China, Gansu
     
 

 

 

 

Chinese chess, Zhangye Camouflaged cyclist, Hami Kazakh yurts near Lake Sairam,
     
Sunset precedes a hellish night time drive to Almaty, Kazakhstan Uzbeki driver, Uzbekistan The road to Samarqand...
     
Registan Square, Samarqand Samarqand Courtyard of Kalan Mosque, Bukhara
     
 

 

 

 

Mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar in Merv (Mary) - once the largest city in the world, Turkmenistan Merv Negotiating bovine traffic, Merv
     
Bizarre architecture in a bizarre city, Ashgabat. One of many gold statues of megalomaniac Sapurat Niyazov (aka Turkmenbashi), recently deceased President of Turkmenistan.  Learn more... A giant 'book' statue of Niyazov's strange political testament, the Rukhnama, Compulsory, though not exactly compulsive, reading for Turkmenis the book opens up periodically to play a video of the ex-President's life. Study of the book comprises a third of the country's education system. Available to read online here...
     
The Niyazov Olympic Stadium awaiting the day... Niyazov's successor - Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov Changing money on the black market, Ashgabat
     
 

 

 

 

Phil's birthday celebrated in Ashgabat Beautiful baby poster, 'Russian Bazaar', Ashgabat Camel's pose one of the main road hazards in Turkmenistan - particularly after sunset when they lie down on the still warm tarmac to sleep
     
 

 

 

Car and tractor Guitar at sunrise, awaiting the Caspian ferry at Turkmenbashi port After a long, dusty night sleeping under a car cover in a flowerbed we finally board the ferry, which also takes oil freight trains
     
 

 

 

 

Caspian water snake On board the ferry across the caspian Sunset over the Caspian

Azerbaijan's former President Heydar Aliyev with de rigueur dictator's moustache. Now succeeded by his son, Ilham. Azeri pastures Old houses, Tbilisi, Georgia
 

 

 

Tobacco drying, Samsun Down on the duck farm with some muck-spreading friends in Samsun Turkey's beautiful Black Sea coast
     
 

Tower block, Belgrade, Serbia Presque la... France Bulletin board, Ivanic Grad, Croatia
     
Roads already travelled... Our arrival in Paris coincided, coincidentally, with the arrival of the 2007 Peking to Paris Vintage Car Rally almost 10 years to the day since Phil's participation in the same event About to board the ferry across the Channnel. Time for a quick cup of tea with LIz. And then home...
     

 

That's all for now.
Wishing you a safe
and happy autumn.

With best wishes,
from Phil

and all aboard
The Oriental Caravan

28/09/07


 


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