Hotel Malika Samarkand
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October 13, 2007
We arrived late last night and went to the Malika Hotel for a room with bath for $50; a very nice modern hotel, in fact it so nice that we were lucky they had a room for us last night. We have to move out today because they are booked up for the rest of the season. We moved today to the Antica Bed and …
... Julius Caesar (our guide pointed out that Timur is not as well known since the other three had movies made about them). The country flourished under Timur and he and his wife erected two of the largest Mosques in the world - a descendent of the family was the ruler in India and built the Taj Mahal - in other words, the Taj was copied from the mosque that Timur built. At the risk of offending Allah, I will only mention that we visited Timur's mausoleum, Shahki-Zinda, a collection ...
... real life mingled with my fantasies to allow me to envisage the city I have read about. But here, with the buildings, as Thubron writes, " restored to a serene, sanitised brilliance" resembling" awkward theatre sets", real life shut off behind walls to preserve the 'tourist zone', and the long tedious line of shops selling tourist junk, I struggled to latch on to any real feel of history.
... It was comical and irritating at the same time. The ladies even donned the outfits and head gear they were selling and put on big smiles, their gold glittering in he sun. We were saved by a group of English tourists who looked like better prospects. We wandered along the perimeter of the bazaar where we were pulled in by the unmistakable aroma of fresh baked manti's and the smoke of the shizliks ...
... ears, however skilful he was.
Following this, Yuhan asked if we wished to visit any further sites, it being after four; in a delectably ironic twist, this old man proved the spryest, desiring to beat on, with all those babes of the 1980s voting to bow out! We retired to appreciate the luxuries of our lodgings.
That evening we rallied and sallied in order to (if not banish- such abhorrence is permanent) soothe the culinary scars of ...