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The Registan

Blue Domes
Samarkand

April 22nd 2016
<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 89 Saturday 16th April 2016 – Tashkent to Samarkand Moving city today and we are both excited about this one because we are going by train. Both love train travel and we take this option every time we can, so both were looking forward to Uzbekistan because we can get so much of it. Up at 6, for an early breakfast and a check out and then a t ... read more
Asia » Uzbekistan » Samarkand

Uzbekistani Flag Russia conquered Uzbekistan in the late 19th century. Stiff resistance to the Red Army after World War I was eventually suppressed and a socialist republic set up in 1924. During the Soviet era, intensive production of "white gold" (cotton) and grain... ... read more
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24th April 2016

Not so mythical Samarkand!
Thanks for going there, so I don't have to! I've always dreamed of visiting what I'd imagined was a whole city of blue-tiled domes and being transported to some ancient time. And while the domes and the Registan are beautiful (great photos), I'm glad you let us in on all the reconstruction and how the place is rather commercial. Glad you found cold beer and didn't get hit by any falling masonry.
25th April 2016

Shattered dreams
Yes we expected to see camels marching over sand dunes and old traders weaving past bags of spices, but got Toyotas screaming along asphalt roads and camera totting tourists gazing into glass front souvenir shops. Damn all those tourists!!! hang on a minute, maybe I am one of them?

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