Bukhara Palace Hotel
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... near the central pool. The story is:
A rich man fell into the pool and couldn't climb out. Lots of people rushed to help shouting, 'Give me your hand, give me your hand.' Being a rich man he didn't understand the word 'give' so didn't respond. The suffi 'fool' with coin between finger and thumb leant down and said, 'Here, take this coin'. The rich man reached up and grasped his hand in a vice;like grip, and was saved.
... Persian and Greek alike, I have cooled Kushan and Arab, I have howled at Mongols and Russians; I will tarry on, long after your race has gone, aeons after the desert swallows all."
I returned before sunset on the second day, to capture it in every audiovisual format available to us; there will be pictures uploaded; none will approach its presence.
That evening I experienced what is (and most likely will remain), by a vast gulf, ...
... or around 20,000 Som. Caveat emptor sprang to my mind. It is always best to ask prices beforehand so that there are no surprises after.
The afternoon took us further across the Kyzylkum Desert and its foreboding heat.
We arrived early evening in Bukhara and I went out of the main square to avoid being ripped off in the shops. The hotel room is so colourful it really is ...
Breakfast preparations begin outside our rooms at an unearthly hour, so no risk of sleeping in. The tables are beautifully set on the courtyard terrace - cherries, apricots and cheeses are attractive, but it is a shame that Nescafe has to take pride of place. Our coffee bags (deepest thanks for the warning, Steve) provoke the usual degree of curiosity from the waiters but we have become quite brazen about searching for boiling water - kettles are a rarity here. ...
... as the triangle that represents "Good thoughts, good words, good deeds," the motto of the religion. Inside, three people were buried but only one tomb remains. It was built between the walls, which was devoted to a cemetery, as it was thought that enemy soldiers would not want to walk on the tombs of the dead, which brought the evil eye. My favorite story from this place: in the old days, pilgrims would leave notes with questions on the tomb. ...