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 ...
... we went out of town a bit to see the Mausoleum of Bakhuddin, who founded one of the largest orders if Sufi. It was most interesting because this was Friday, which is worship day for the Muslims, and this is a major tourist site for them. Love watching the people. There was a a little group of ladies who were thrilled to encounter us. (This has happened a lot. Many people greet us, and ask where we're from. They're always happy to hear that we are Americans, which I frankly ...
... of his talent. He gave us a demonstration of each of the instruments and explained that they were made from all sorts-fish skin and cow heart being the most memorable! His warmth and genuine delight in our interest spurred us to purchase a CD. It felt like a worthy investment (E: cheap and portable too!); something that would remind us of our enjoyable days here.
Exiting the bazaar, our next stop was a carpet warehouse. We ...
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*Of particular note is the Kalon Minaret, which when built in 1127 was probably the tallest building in Central Asia. It stands 47 m tall and has 10 m deep foundations with reed stacking ( an early form of earthquake protection ). It so impressed Jenghis Khan when he arrived in Bukhara in 1220 that he ordered it to ...
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* Khiva's old city is preserved in its entirety. Yes, it's touristy, yes, it's like a large city museum and yes, the vendors sell kitsch. But for all that, it is still charming and the sunset views from up on the city walls are magical.
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