Bukhara Palace Hotel
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With Uzbekistan's internationally famed historical city seen at Samarkand it was time to move on to what I was determined not to view as its supporting cast. We would be embarking on a well-defined loop of the highlights of Uzbekistan which starts in Tashkent and travels via Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before returning to the capital. It is a route which is followed by the country’s burgeoning package tour trade (which attracts mainly French and German ...
... starts to set and the extreme heat eases the people come out and gather and walk,and talk.The old men play dominos, and the children climb on the statues or ride their bikes. Around the pond on two sides there are an outdoor cafe and a restaurant. On the streets beside that and for a few blocks there are vendors, markets for carpets, clothing, souvenirs, scarves, steel work, etc. and everybody offering to change money for you at the black ...
... open on one side, facing a pool, by which I perched, taking in the forest of tall carved wooden columns supporting the exquisitely decorated ceiling. Other benches played host to grey-bearded men in skull caps, chatting in the sunshine, calling me over to take their pictures, while a hypnotic prayer chant was sounding from within, as the mosque attendants spread out carpets and swept them. I kept reminding myself ...
... who at the age of 18 cured the ruler of a chronic illness and was granted access to the library - to which he later added many works.
Wrecked by Ghengis Khan it flourished again in the time of Timur, though he had moved the capital to Samarkand.
Suffering from a shortage of water the city was built around a series of pools from which the population could draw their water (though it didn't get changed often and a number ...
September 25, 2014
SAMARKAND to BUKHARA by train 3 hours ($9 each)
Sarrafon B&B $35, double including breakfast
Slow Train Coming
Word was that there are always open seats on the train to Bukhara and we didn't bother buying our seats in advance. We took a taxi to the station and found the ticket booth easily enough but they took FOREVER with each customer. Luckily, we had ...