Malika Khiva Hotel
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... the streets aren't swept and litter not collected. Because the tourists who move around in mobs with their guides don't go there.
I went that way this morning to find the stairs up onto the wall but you can't go right round. At one point it ends in a precipitous drop of 30 feet or more where they have chopped a hole in the wall to build a new market, no fence either!
So there you have it. Islam in Central Asia in aspic. Actually - not ...
Of the many stunning structures, first we saw the fortress and residence for rulers, first built in 12c, but the highest period was 16th c.
Khiva was an important center of learning with many madrassas, which are Islamic colleges. In addition to religion, they teach other subjects and specialize in math, fine arts, etc. The decoration of these buildings is jaw dropping.
... schedule developed by the tour company instead of me.
So feeling quite 'done' on the bus...then we arrived at the ancient Silk Road oasis of Khiva, which legend says was founded where Shem, son of Noah (!) discovered water in the desert !
And then the moon rose over the city wall, and I knew that view was the same to travelers centuries ago. To me, moments like that are worth whatever it takes to get there !
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... city feels like going back in time. People here live a simple, less complicated life which is really appealing.
After a full circuit of the perimeter and the market outside the east wall, I came back to shelter from the sun.
Late morning, I took a second trip out. I headed to the Juma Mosque with its 47 metre minaret and 218 wooden supports holding up its roof. From here, I headed to the Kalta Minor minaret which stands so proudly in the Khiva ...
... Moynaq on some pretty bumpy and pot-holed roads. Moynaq was once a thriving seaside town but is now a dried up isolated town. It's a really sad story of how the sea has depleted. There is an area just out of town where there are some remaining shipwrecks. They had to remove a fleet of about 500 ships when the sea regressed and there are nine remaining ones they didn't have a chance to remove. Once we had had a look around the ships and couldn't ...