Hotel Malika Bukhara
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Breakfast at Sarrafon B&B was an elaborate spread of pancakes, oatmeal, fruit, bread, eggs coffee or tea. The B&B is not what I consider bursting with ambiance. The friendly family who run it make more than up for that. The beds are comfortable, it's clean and the wifi works, plus it is walking distance from all the major sights.
Cissy had a stomach bug today so she stayed at ...
Sat 13th:After a delicious early morning breakfast that included apple pancakes, Dalia met us at our hotel, and we ventured out to further explore the wonders of Bukhara. Our taste buds were further entertained by the exploits of the local bakers. The aroma of freshly baked bread wafted through the back alleys as we made our way towards Lyabi-Hauz square.
As we drifted through this peaceful plaza, adorned ...
... some new useful sewing supplies. The real excitement/ experience was my encounter with the "photo police". Traditionally Muslims do not believe in portraying people, so it's important to ask if wanting to take close-up photos. Several of us did this and vendors gave us smiling permission. We took some from a distance, which our guide advised was okay. Then we learned that to enforce the beliefs, ...
... line-height: normal; font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*Today the old city of Bukhara remains largely unchanged for the last couple of hundred years and is therefore a favourite stopover for all contemporary travellers of the 'Silk Road'. Lonely Planet states that the 21C has been kept more or less at bay. But SG sees evidence of kitsch infiltration which does not augur well for its future development. ...
... Khiva is famous for its distinctive minarets. They are gorgeous, amongst the loveliest we have seen. And by now we have seen a considerable number. Traditionally each madrasah would have a minaret located close by so that students could be summoned to prayer/ lessons. Minarets were also considered symbols of power, were useful as watchtowers and provided the necessary height for quick disposal of criminals.
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