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... sights we had so looked forward to.
Visited the Registan Complex
The Registan was only about a kilometer walk from our hotel. The sky was blue and temperature hovered around 26C. Yes we were awe struck at the sight of the three medressas making up the Registan. The sheer variety in tile work and different but matching combinations of shades and color. Mind blowing. How ...
September 21, 2014
DUSHANBE to SAMARKAND 483 k
Hotel Abdu (Bahodir 2) $15 per person, ensuite with breakfast
Uzbekistan $1=3000 Som
More bribes, stacks of money and cranking our negotiation skills up a notch.
Night Under the Persimmon Tree
Mohamed, our driver, spent the night in the yard under the persimmon tree on one of those large dining "beds" so common here. ...
... the continent; Ulugh was mediocre in war, and yet is immortalised by having both a lunar crater and an asteroid in his name. His star catalogue of 1437, Zij-i-Sultani, is the thesis that earned him such celestial doctorates. And it was researched at the observatory that had been completed some thirteen years previously.
Unfortunately, the value of permanent posts for watching the stars had not yet been realised at that time; once ...
... parks and medressas sitting in the shadows, fountains gushing water under the gaze of multi coloured lights giving a glimpse of the cities former grandeur.
On the search for food we first came across a place described as "good, very good", the peacock strutting around and the doves landing on the tables covered in bird **** convinced us that in fact this wasn't a "good, very good" place to eat. Emerging from here we came across peacock number two on a leash having ...
... a set of star tables as accurate as Tycho Brahe's nearly 200 years later. His data were still being used in the 1840s. We look round the fascinating museum housed in the usual madrassah building with mosaic portal, and view a preserved section of his quadrant, a lovely piece of engineering.
Taking pride of place by the entrance is a quotation from the current President, Islam Karimov, in the style of the best Victorian moralists - we have already seen ...