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We arrived in Tashkent late afternoon, and checked into the Grand Orzu hotel. Not so grand, but quaint, with a nice outdoor restaurant. With only one day in this city, we set off early for the Chorsu Bazaar, a huge marketplace, full of buzz and friendly people. We then walked to the first of many medressas, places of learning. These buildings were covered in intricate mosaic work in a very recognisable style. We skipped the mosque because it was Friday, not ...
Written by Kris
4th -5th August
"We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand."
Stumbling across the poem 'The Golden Road to Samarkand' as a child the vision it evoked was one of far off exotic cities and adventure. Many an hour was spent daydreaming of this near mystical place, fuelling a desire to see the corners of the world ...
... The interior is decorated with onyx and gold, covered with geometric flowers and stars. It was ostentatious enough for an emir. Timur is buried in the center in a black box of jade. The story says that his bones were disinterred by the Soviets that day before Hitler unleashed Barbarossa and, the day after his bones were returned, the Germans because to start their retreat. It is only a myth, ut w teill it to unsuspecting tourists, and dsoon tey will not ...
... it was one of his favourite parts of the trip so far. He even went as far as to say it was equally as beautiful as the Taj Mahal. Even though I hate India I don't necessarily agree with that. Yes the Registan is stunning, both from afar and up close, but to me the Taj Mahal is still by far the most magnificent sight to behold. From the Registan there's a pedestrianised promenade lined with shops selling locals crafts down to the Bibi-Khanym mosque where ginormous doors ...
... a sheep fur hat for $30, and a carved business card holder for $10) but I'm holding off to do my shopping in the next city of Bukara. I would have probably walked further today but it was so cold today and also sprinkling much of the day.
Barb left to go back to the hotel so I decided to walk around the old Jewish quarter. Our guide had told us there were at one time 30,000-40,000 Jews in the city and now there are 164. This was supposed to be the old part of ...