Hotel Malika Samarkand
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For many years I had been dreaming of visiting Samarkand, the legendary city on the silk road with its blue domed madrasa's (Qur'an schools).
In 1370 Tamerlane (Timur Lenk) made it the capital of his Timurid Empire. But what remains of it today was mostly rebuilt by the Russians in the past century. They did a nice job in restauring ...
September 22-24, 2014
Abdu Hotel, $15 per person including breakfast
September 22, 2014
Breakfast was served on the covered terrace on large divan beds with pillows for back support. From there we got our first glimpse of the top half of the bright blue tiled domes and main buildings of Registan Plaza. What a sight.
... Shah's idolising act of vandalism is plain to see. The fact that the headstones merely indicate the location of the actual tombs in a crypt directly underneath the main chamber does not diminish the experience.
Next we visited Bibi-Khonum Machiti (Bibi Khanym Mosque), named for Mrs. Tamerlane, though sadly mainly a replica of the original, most of which collapsed in an 1897 earthquake. Here Yuhan treated us to an alternately saucy and ...
... warmed you inside whilst clearing the airways as it's breathed in. The nearest comparable thing is having a very bad cold with a blocked up nose and then applying a cream that instantly clears the headache, lungs and nostrils and makes you feel better than normal. After sitting for ten minutes with the ginger applied, and being rejoined by Tim and Dom following their massage, the guy who had given us the massage returned and refilled the buckets of water. As the last two buckets of ...
... dictator. The main point of interest in the town is a gate which is all that is left of Temur's palace. What makes it so unique is that unlike everything else in Uzbekistan, the gates are unrestored so completely authentic. Just in front of the gates is a statue of Temur that seems a popular place to get wedding photos taken. We saw six wedding parties there all having their photos done. One party was ushering us up to have our photo taken so I went up and had a photo with the ...