what happens when a birder and a potter hit the road, and traverse 100 countries, overland and by public transportation? they look at the past (the cultures, as an inspiration to make pottery), the present (the people, to learn about their dreams and their problems, make portraits and write stories, and the birds, to prepare birdwatching tours), and the future (the children, so beautiful and hopeful all over the world)


Kaifeng, China, December 1994.  New Year’s Day in the center of the country, on a fast, sturdy, and punctual train.

our singularity? we  combine photography and writing, we interact more with the people than gaze at the monuments or the landscape, we concern ourselves more with the point of view of the people on the photo than the traveler/photographer’s usual worries, we focus more on the reality of the people than the artistic side of the photo

our planning? poring over maps, we do loops or follow lines, like around the Mediterranean or the Sahara, or from Europe to Hokkaido along the 40th North Parallel via Central Asia (including parts of the Silk Road and Alexander the Great’s path)

our involvement? representing five cultures between the two of us, we were at interesting times in challenging places such as Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Vietnam, Pakistan, Kashmir, Niger, Algeria, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, Albania, Georgia, Xinjiang (and along Afghanistan)

our products? back at our base in Northern Greece we have birding programs and a Byzantine tour (also in Turkey), a pottery studio, a stock of travel photos, and a short-to-medium term apartment rental (in Athens)

please write to us at:    Alexander***[AT]***TravelWithAlexander[DOT]com
or, specifically for art, at:    Blanca***[AT]***TravelWithAlexander[DOT]com
(when typing the email address, please ignore the *, I put them here to fend off the spam bots)

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admin June 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm

thank you!, fellow Neo-Kallikrateian! that is exactly what we are looking for – touch people and share what we are seeing throughout the world, the good and the bad
and thank you for your very useful suggestions

Yannis June 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

What an interesting pair you guys are. I am quite shocked that people like you exist in Northern Greece… In Kalikratia! – which is where I spent part of the summer holidays when I was a kid, with my Greek grandmother (the rest of the summer I’d spend in the UK with my English grandad who was into birdwatching – which is the reason I stumbled on your website). You come across as true citizens of the world, creative, alive, informed, adventurous, knowledgeable, sensitive, entrepreneurial, enlightened and with backpacks full of experiences and stories. It seems like you’ll be my personal heroes for at least the next couple of days. Then I’ll probably get all cynical again – I know my mood cycles by now! You are very inspiring though! P.S. I think it would be a good idea to put bio-profiles on the welcome page so we can read a little more about you guys and also to include an online shop – or at least price estimates for crafts and tours – just an idea 🙂

Gustavo July 21, 2011 at 12:17 am

Hi from Brazil,

I discovered your site today and i love it! Congratulations for your work !! I would love visit Central Asia…someday who knows??


CB LIM July 15, 2011 at 10:05 am

Dear Alexander and Bianca,

I have come across your website by chance in searching for pictures that might be useful for my organization (see our website) which works on child protection in several regions around the world. The pictures on your site certainly are interesting and we would like to know if you are willing to let us see more of them, and if possible for us to buy some of them from you. Can you please get in touch with me, and let me know the full range of pictures and your rates?

Thank you.


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