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... capital was moved to Bokhara and Samarkand went into decline. Over the years the great buildings decayed until the Soviets embarked on a huge programme of restoraton to promote the tourist industry. (see later)
My arrival in Samarkand was not on a golden road but on the AfroSiaob bullet train which shuutles backwards and forwards between Tashkent and Samarkand at speeds of up to 140mph. On arrival you find Samarkand is a thriving modern city, it even has a football ...
... a taxi go to the bazaar in Urgut with them tomorrow.
September 24, 2014
Urgut bazaar is described in the LP as one of THE best bazaars in Uzbekistan. We ordered a taxi for the 1 hour ride. Cissy decided to stay behind and do another round of the sights in Samarkand. So it was Hannah and Rick and us.
....At the market, we agreed to meet ...
... down the population than to be useful to them.
The Long Walk Over the Border
We were dropped off about 300 meters from the first Tajik border check point. We were waved on through and after another 300 meters we got to another checkpoint where a Tajik official actually checked our passports. About 500 meters after that, we got to the Uzbek customs building.
We were given ...
... br> Dinner that night was a thoroughly enjoyable affair in the courtyard of a fine restaurant; unless my memory betrays me, they had run short of nothing we requested. Our taxi journey back from the tomb, haring through backstreets and laneways not fit for a mule, our driver displaying a preternatural knowledge of each contour and dip en route, will never be so betrayed. We savoured our night in style.
Tues 16th: B: Having learnt of ...
... time for tourists/visitors. No worries, plenty more ahead. In the afternoon we visited Amir Timur square. This fellow was ruler of the large domain, including current day Uzbekistan, the other 'stans, parts of Turkey and Russia during the 14th century. He became a national hero after independence in 1991, and there are statues, museums etc all over the place. We also visited the History Museum of the People of a Uzbekistan. This supposedly gave the ...