Welcome to Clive Bennett’s web site
1952 1973 1992 2000 2010
This is a walled ‘fortification’ within the city, but somehow not quite what you expect. Political buildings, of course, but monuments, squares, space to walk around and Cathedrals. Historically it has been the scene of decisions that had world wide significance … home to Ivan the Terrible and Stalin's terrors, where Napoleon watched Moscow burn, Lenin planned the proletariat state and Khrushchev and Brezhnev led the communist cold war … but also the centre of the Russian Church.
The Kremlin from Red Square Red Square and
Lenin’s Mausoleum St Basils -
Inside The Kremlin …. Cathedral of Annunciation in Cathedral Square Grand Kremlin Palace
A magical name from history and synonymous with the ancient ‘silk route’ from China. Samarkand was already old when captured by Alexander the Great in 329 BC.
The first sight of the The Registan faced on three sides with huge majestic Madrassas is stunning.
The Registan with Madrasa of Ulugh Berg; Sher-
Bibi Khanym Mosque Gue Emir Mausoleum
Samarkand from the hotel roof top
These ancient ruins situated on a rocky hilltop are claimed to be the second oldest in Africa after the Egyptian sites and although not well known are remarkable and provide the name for the modern Country of Zimbabwe. Construction by the Shona people started in the 11th Century and continued for some 400 years. At its peak it probably housed around 18.000 people and is now recognised as a World heritage Site by UNESCO
First view of the ruins …… steps up and entrance
Inside the site
[left] High Priest’s Chambers.
[below] on the plain below is the Great Enclosure and within it
the mysterious Conical Tower
There are bridges … and then there’s Sydney Harbour Bridge. You think you know what to expect but when you first see it the sheer size of the structure is still breath taking. Climb up from the harbour side and look out from the bridge across for a spectacular view of the Opera House.
The Opera House from below The Bridge
close up the size is unbelievable
and when you climb up to walk across
The ancient lifestyle that still exists in today’s modern world. The everyday dust
and dirt against the vibrant colours and cleanliness of the people and the old style
street sellers against modern shops and of course the inevitable cows walking freely
wherever they liked. India -
street scenes and ……………………………………………………………………………………… Jaipur: Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds
Different is an understatement. A multitude of small boats with fruit, vegetables
and cooked foods and the bustle of a market -
Another memory from school geography. The oasis city of Turfan [Turpan], situated
on the northern edge of the Turfan Depression was a crucial oasis on the northern
silk road. It has a harsh desert climate with low rainfall and a summer temperature
as high as 50°C [122°F] while winter can drop to -
Flaming Mountains – hottest area of the Turfan Depression View of the desert town of Turfan from Emin Mosque
Memorable Holiday Moments 12 to 18