Rich tapestry ... a workshop of women embroidering textiles in Tashkent.

A stitch in time

On a trip along the old Silk Road, Sandra Hall admires intricate carpets and embroidery, and the revival of a nation's traditions.

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Uzbekistan. Savitsky Museum in Nukus. Painting "by the sea" by Kliment Redko 1933.

Canvas in the desert

Sandra Hall discovers a trove of art rescued from the Soviet regime and housed in an unusual outpost.

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Woman pretending to kiss the Sphinx, Egypt. Solo travel.

Roam alone

Breaking free of the tribe can deliver the holiday of a lifetime, writes frequent soloist Julietta Jameson.

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Kyrgyzstan, on road to the border.

Traveller's Tale

In freezing Kyrgyzstan, Barbara Bryan has dinner in a yurt and is warmed by hearty soup, vodka and dancing.

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Remote beauty ... camel dealers at Tolkuchka Bazaar.

A tale of two 'Stans

Helen Anderson finds the bizarre and beautiful on a road trip through Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

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Yangtze River, China.

Pursuits of passion

Be it saving bears, unearthing ruins or chasing miracles, special-interest tours get you to the heart of the action.

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