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  • Day25


    August 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Bukhara leek wat op Samarkand, maar dan kleiner en gezelliger. In centrum kan je verdwalen tussen de vele mooie moskeeën, madrassa's, caravanserai en overdekte markthallen. Mooie uitzichten vanop rooftops en uitgebreid dineren bij de familie van ons guesthouse maakten het plaatje compleet!Read more

  • Day10

    Days 10 to 13: Bukhara

    August 31, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    As I proceed to Bukhara, afternoon rumbles into late evening. I have arranged to be collected from the station, 10 km. from the city centre. A young man is there to meet me. He is amiable but speaks no English so we have to communicate by Google Translate---phone in one hand, driving wheel in the other, in the dark, in 4-lane traffic! Furthermore the second language in Uzbekistan is not English but Russian which I don't speak either but I can decipher the signage. It is mostly in the Cyrillic script although the country has officially adopted the Latin alphabet. When words do appear in the latter, the spelling is often unfamiliar so Bukhara becomes "Buxoro". And Uzbek itself? It is related to Turkish and from a trip there many moons ago I recognise the numerals: bir, iki, uch are 1, 2, 3. All is not lost!

    On arrival at the guest house Kemol (for that is his name) collects my passport for scanning, to ensure registration of my stay with the police. He notices my suspicious look and says the proprietor of the guest house is his father. Later I meet him as well; again communication is by GT but he is affable and being a qualified chef, demonstrates his cooking skills. If anyone can do justice to the national dish of "plov" (mutton with rice) it is he and on Independence Day (1st September) he does us proud. Washed down with some Uzbek vodka.

    Inasmuch as there is a tourist trail in Uzbekistan, Bukhara is on it. There are a number of tour groups and thanks to the relaxation of entry requirements, independent travel is on the up as well. The mainly 16th century Ark (first image) is impressive from the outside but frankly underwhelming within. I prefer the 17th century Abd al-Aziz Khan madrassa, lent an informal air by the footballing kids, and the earlier Kalyon Mosque with its chimney-like minaret (seen at dusk with floodlights coming on as if it were aflame). For some reason these 7 Dwarfs (next image) figures are ubiquitous. Next I turn to weddings and photograph two bridesmaids who were looking upstaged and seem delighted to get some attention.

    After four days the guest house has become like home and I say so to Kemol (final image, with a nephew). It's a shame to leave but the railway calls.
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    Speak, World

    What exquisite tiles!

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    Speak, World

    How fabulous! Just seeing these magnificent structures in photographs is satisfying, so I can imagine how much better it would be to GO there. Lucky you! It might take another generation or two for the transition to the Latin alphabet and disuse of Russian to settle in. Tourism will help greatly, no doubt. And then everyone will be learning English! (Maybe they are already.)

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  • Day220

    Mirror, mirror on the Wall

    December 1, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    The verdict is still out, as tomorrow I will arrive in another one of central Asias treasure boxes, Khiva.
    The sights of Bukhara were again overwhelming. Lots of mosques, Madrassas, carvanserais. Bukhara as well as Samarkand were quite comfortably visited with the dog, quiet streets, pedestrian only areas and parks and hardly any tourists around filling the streets. Being here in the off- season is definitely an advantage.
    We first admired the outside of the buildings together, there are not as many cultured dogs around, and then I looked at the inside without the Rexelby.
    When arriving I meet again friends that already were here for a few days; staying on the car park in front of the Ark I got to know Paula and Finn. We declared the carpark our home: Paula cut my hair whilst Fin attempted to fix my reversing camera and in the evening we had some wines and dinner when some other Co travelers arrived who are on the same circuit as I am. It's the 3rd time we bump into each other. It is so wonderful to meet these people again and again, it makes you feel a bit at home on the road.
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    Naomi Joel

    Great photos of the architecture, wonderful for you to walk around and experience with no crowds of tourists. So nice to reunite with fellow travelers 😎💕

    ElisaLola Rexelby

    Yes, no tourists is definitely an advantage. For this I can put up with some cold days.

  • Day36


    August 31, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Auf dem Weg mussten wir vielen nicht vorhandenen Gullideckeln ausweichen. Seitdem der Schrottpreis gestiegen ist, sind da nämlich öfters welche weg. Zum Glück waren unsere Ausweichmanöver immer erfolgreich.

    Nicht so erfolgreich ging es unseren Mägen. Die wahrscheinlich zu erwartenden Verdauungsprobleme aufgrund der für uns mangelhaften Hygiene in den Ländern machten uns zu schaffen. Wodurch es nun wirklich kam, konnten wir nicht feststellen. Wir freuten uns jedenfalls über jede Toilette. Und mussten Mittag sogar eine Pause im Schatten am Straßenrand einlegen um uns beide zu erholen.

    Angekommen in Buxoro fanden wir eine wunderschöne Stadt vor. Für uns ist es die schönste Seidenstraßenstadt, denn die Altstadt ist noch völlig intakt und abgetrennt vom Rest der Stadt.
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    Elfia Fähnrich

    Das 5 Eurofrühstück ohne Wodka ist euch nicht bekommen.

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    märchenhaft Bauwerke und so gut erhalten

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    toller Verkäufer

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  • Day36

    Buxoro unsere Perle

    August 31, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    290 Kilometer, 6 Stunden unterwegs

    Um den Abend ausklingen zu lassen, machen wir noch einen Spaziergang. Und für unsere kranken Bäuche gibt es heute nur eine Suppe und eine Kanne Tee. Das tut uns auf jeden Fall gut.

    Mal sehen wie es morgen aussieht.
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    Elfia Fähnrich


    Elfia Fähnrich

    Kamele überall

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    Mir-Arab-Madrasa Moschee

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    Kalon Moschee

  • Day240


    November 30, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Bukhara, eine wundervolle Stadt mit vielen wundervollen alten Moscheen 🕌 und Madrasa gekachelten Portalen und wundervolle Fassaden mit Ornamenten und Schriften.

    Als wir abends die Stadt erreichen waren es bereits dunkel und die Straßen recht leer. Wir suchten also einen schönen Platz wo wir mitten in der Stadt stehen können und niemanden störten. Den fanden wir am Ende einer Sackgasse dann auch. Am nächsten Morgen dann die Überraschung, wir standen 50m weg vom Basar und dieser Platz wurde zum Parken benutz. Es war also recht laut. Störte aber nicht weiter. Geklaut oder abgeschleppt konnten wir auch nicht werden da wir eingeparkt waren. Die Nächte waren mit -7 grad recht frisch aber es wurde immer wärmer. Nach drei Tagen gingen wir dann in ein Hostel zwecks Registrierung und duschen. Nach dem wir alle Sehenswürdigkeiten der Stadt besichtigt hatten und auch bekannte und Freunde wieder getroffen hatten, geht es nun weiter Richtung Khiva.Read more

  • Day52

    Boukhara 1

    September 25, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Il est agréable de se perdre dans les rues étroites de la vieille ville de Boukhara et de se laisser surprendre. Le nombre de mosquées, medressas et mausolées est impressionnant et laisse imaginer à quel point ça devait être plein d'intellos ici...Read more

  • Day10

    Goodbye Turkmenistan

    May 17, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Well I’m glad I visited as there were some interesting sights but when I reached Bukhara in Uzbekistan I actually felt as though I was back in comfortable territory.
    Yesterday I visited the ruins of Margush, which flourished between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC. The site is still being studied by archeologists and quite amazingly you can walk over it all, I actually worried I was destroying 2000 year old UNESCO world heritage listed walls as we clambered about. There are pieces of broken 2000 year old pottery all over the place, if it were nearly anywhere else the place would be roped off.
    Today we spent time in the ruins of the ancient city of Merv before heading to the border where I said goodbye to my guide Olga and after 1.5 hours including two short bus trips made it across the 1.5km border area and into Uzbekistan again.
    Tonight I’m in Bukhara which is a good city from what I have seen. My hotel is in the middle of the old city which is great for walking around .
    Tomorrow I get down to a day of serious sight seeing here.
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  • Day132

    Buchara, Kalon Moschee

    September 15, 2018 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Als zweites gehen wir zur Miri Arab Medrese und der Kamin Moschee. Beide Gebäude stehen sich gegenüber, wie häufig hier.

    Die Moschee besteht aus einem riesigen Innenhof, keine übliche Moschee. Sehr tolle Atmosphäre.

    In der Sowjetzeit wurde das Gebäude als Warenhaus genutzt, seit 1991 dient es wieder als Moschee.
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  • Day6

    Bukhara, Fayzullo Khojaev House Museum

    April 18, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a quick stop at a stand selling Soviet-time hats and jackets, it's time for a lunch break! We start driving through the outer suburbs of Bukhara zigzaging through road bumps, crack and paddles... Just to realise that the road leading to our restaurant is closed! 😕 Going back will take too long, so we just get off and walk.

    Our restaurant is located inside what looks like a museum, but it's actually the house of a rich merchant of the 20th century: Fayzullo Khojaev. Lunch consists of the usual salad and soup, followed by a chicken & veggie soup. For the first time we get to try some local cheese, which reminds me of smoked scamorza. 😍

    After eating we visit the women's section, which usually also includes a kitchen since cooking is "women's duty".
    The visit starts from a wide porch with wooden columns. The most impressive parts are however the rooms: every single centimetre is decorated with bright colours. A local woman shows us how cradles were set up: babies were tied to the bed and had a sort of canalisation system that was bringing the pee to a bucket under the cradle.
    Said convinces me and Noha to try some traditional clothes and he does the same. It feels like carnival time... 🙈
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bukhara Province, Bukhara, Бухара, Buxoro