Archive sections: ‘Issyk Kul’

The Issyk Kul Basin is ringed by mountains, (the Kungei Ala Too to the North and Terskey Ala Too to the South – the Sunny and Shady Mountains respectively).  The Eastern and Western approaches to the Basin are formed by the Karkara Valley (Black Crane) and Boom Gorge (Shoestring Gorge). The generally held opinion is […]

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on Karkara

There were a couple of very sad items in the news last week … and one of them led me to a shock discovery and a “moral dilemma”. It concerned the death of a fifteen year old boy.  Tragically sad in itself, the article was even more poignant because it went on to report that […]

Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 07:00 1 comments. »

Svetly Mys, (Bright Cape), is a small hamlet in the Kermenty Bay on the Northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul, (near to the village of Belavodsk and about180 km from Balykchy at the Western end of the lake and 50 km from Karakol at the Eastern end). Since Independence it has been officially renamed as […]

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013 at 07:00 1 comments. »

When I was a lad, (as Gilbert and Sullivan put it in the Admiral’s Song in the Pirates of Penzance), I am sure that I taught that the first steamship was the SS Great Britain, designed by the great British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company and which entered service in […]

Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on The first steamship

Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to the revival of an old plan to develop the Hydro Electric potential of the Kyrgyz Republic.  Most of this attentian, of course, has centered on the Naryn Cascade – a series of dams to be constructed along the course of Kyrgyzstan’s longest river – the […]

Monday, June 17th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on Sary Djaz

Paul Pelliot may not exactly be a household name, but he is renowned as a Sinologist, (an expert in the Study of China and Chinese topics), an explorer and traveler.  He spent most of his career as an expert on the Western part of China – bordering Central Asia.

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on In the footsteps of … Paul Pelliot

On 24th May, 1900, a ship was launched from the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg, a two masted, three funneled cruiser that was to play that was to play a role in the October Revolution of 1917, and is now preserved as a museum in the same harbour where she was built: the Aurora. Actually, […]

Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on When I say Avrora – I mean Aurora … or vice versa

April 29th, 1957, saw the opening of the Prezhervalskiy Museum on the headland between the Karakol and Kara Suu Rivers, at the eastern end of Lake Issyk Kul – some 12 km from the regional center of Karakol. Nikolai Mikhailovich Prezhervalsk had died at the Military hospital on the same site on 20th October, 1888. […]

Monday, April 29th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on Prezhervalskiy Museum, Karakol

Earlier this week I came across an interesting post containing photos from an expedition to the Enilchek Glacier in 1900, which I thought might be of interest to others. The expedition was mounted by Prince Scipione Borghese, the tenth Pince of Sulomona.  (His full name was Luigi Marcantonio Francesco Rodolfo Scipione Borghes, but he is usually […]

Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on Some photos from a bygone age

A little boy called Nikolai was born on 31st March, 1839, (or 1st April – I have seen both dates quoted – in the same book(!)), in the village of Kimbor, in the Smolenmsk region of Russia. The boy, Nikolai Mikhailovich Prezhevalsk, went on to become a great Russian explorer who opened up vast areas of Central […]

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 07:00 Comments Off on The Prezhervalsk Monument, Karakol