Maria’s book, Silk Road Journeys has been ten years in the making and contains 171 photographs and 10 maps. Her amazing story of Silk Road Journeys takes you into 1,000 year-old Buddhist caves in western China and India, across the Taklamakan Desert and over the Pamir Mountains into Uzbekistan. You will travel the maritime route which became important from the sixth century as trading units tried to cut out the middle man. Follow the Dhow along the Nile, stop at Petra and join a caravan or continue on to Sri Lanka and then to the great Indian port of Mamallapuram to the site of the five chariots. Your travels will also take you to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam.
I have been wanting to travel the Camino de Santiago, known as St. James Way, in English. This is the walk that is featured in the 2010 movie, The Way. The complete pilgrimage is 500 miles. A friend and I are doing the last 150 miles. Hopefully my readers can follow me as we visit the churches and monuments along the Way. Madrid 4/26 and then Lion Spain, 5/3.
September 15 will leave for Almaty but more about that later.