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Novofiryuzinskoe shosse, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan | Hotel
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The White City

A travel blog entry by ahartry


... The site is very eroded, and almost all that remains are some bricks of some of the inner walls and a few column foots. Some of the walls have been covered by recent adobe by the archaeologists, in order to protect the site. It takes imagination to try to see what was there before, but our guide had some artist depictions (apparently created by the wife of a famous Soviet archaeologist), which helped us visualize what was here before.

It was a walled compound, ...

Turkmenistan... it only deserves one entry

A travel blog entry by lukeandloumann


... much to the amusement of the staff and embarrassment of our guide.

After a whirlwind tour we were off to the Darvaza gas crater and another bushcamp.

The gas crater was left after the Soviets did some exploration work which went wrong, collapsed/exploded and caused a m*********** in the desert which is still alight. It was amazing. Truly like you would imagine the gates to hell. We took lots of photos.

On our last day in Turkmenistan we drove ...


A travel blog entry by ahartry


... but didn’t cross it off the list (which was true). So I ran back down to BART, but we had still missed the train.

I took a call on BART. Arriving at airport, we went to check Pas’ bag in the International terminal, since he is going first through London. I decided I might as well check my bag, too … but they could not get it all the way to Ashgabat. Fortunately, Pas was still there, so we added ...

City of Marble

A travel blog entry by marqual


... in sharply pressed black suits, white shirts, and black ties. The girls have on long kelly green dresses with white aprons. The local women are also very sharply dressed. Many of them wear long dresses of green, red, or fuschia. Some of the dresses have some traditional trim around the neckline and some women wear their hair with two long braids.

I just had some snacks for dinner as a few people from the group congregated in the hotel ...

Where the Golden Boy lost his Marbles

A travel blog entry by wenzels


... not even plants, are permitted. With its wide empty boulevards, 1000s of fancy streetlights, its space-age air-conditioned bus stops and the sterile whiteness of the buildings driving through Ashgabat gave me the feel of being in the middle of a utopia. By the way, cladding a multi-storey building with marble costs roughly 8 million US dollars we were told by our excellent guide. My main concern here is the fact that there will be more major earthquakes in Ashgabat ...


This hotel, located on Novofiryuzinskoe shosse, Ashgabat, is near Ancient Merv, Turkmen Akhalteke Horse Trekkings, and Flying Fish Cove and Settlement.
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