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Ichan-Qаl’а – The Walled City of Khiva, Uzbekistan

Posted by Pat on October 3, 2022 in Travel |

2 October 2022

Ichan-Qаl’а is the walled inner town of the city of Khiva. In 1990, it was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. A day visiting it’s sites, wandering it’s narrow streets and squares, and walking it’s walled fortifications clearly proves why it has earned that honored designation.

Early morning finds us at West Gate, one of four gated entries into the walled city. Ichan-Qаl’а, even with its multitudes of Uzbek salespersons, is an easy city to explore.

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Bukhara to Khiva – Looking for Camels and Caravans

Posted by Pat on October 2, 2022 in Travel |

1 October 2022 Mosques, madrassas, museums, meals, walks…it is becoming a blur. Don’t ask me where I was two nights ago and expect a quick answer. I drag myself into breakfast at a slower pace. I fruitlessly hope for a good cup of brewed coffee. There is always lunch just a few hours away so […]

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Bukhara, Uzbekistan- The Dollar Store of Central Asia

Posted by Pat on October 1, 2022 in Travel |

30 September 2022 Directly across from our Hotel Asia is the magnificent assemblage of architecture known as Lyab-i-Hauz which has survived unchanged since the 16th century. This area once served as a caravansaray along the Silk Road. It includes the Kukeldash Madrassa, Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrassa and the Khanada or lodging house, all centered around Lyabi […]

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Posted by Pat on September 29, 2022 in Travel |

29 September 2022 We travel by bus for 175 miles west from Samarqand through green agricultural land, quiet sunbaked villages and towns to Bukhara, fifth largest city in Uzbekistan. I am introduced to this major caravan city along the Silk Road, Temur’s second city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – via a puppet show. […]

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Posted by Pat on September 28, 2022 in Travel |

27-28 September 2022 We arrive late to the Asia Hotel, our lodging for the next two nights. Traffic and narrow surface roads are challenging, or as our guide says: “Samarqand is very special for the traffic.” Our hotel is located in historic Old Town and just a few minutes’ walk from the Registan. My kind […]

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Touring Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Posted by Pat on September 27, 2022 in Travel |

26-27 September 2022 Tashkent is a city of very modern buildings interspersed with some ugly Soviet relics, green manicured parks, fountains, and a very organized traffic system. Except for closing down the streets and having armed guards every 100 feet, severe restrictions as to where you can take a picture without being shot, all in […]

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Posted by Pat on September 26, 2022 in Travel |

26 September 2022 I keep reading about colorful straws served with beer. Haven’t been able to confirm this. No straw with beer because no beer. But did get a bright blue flex straw with my coffee latte this morning. Today we are driven to the Tajikistan/Uzbekistan border. We were warned that it can be a […]

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