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Today we headed for Samarkand. There are 13 guests in our party, and we travel in a spacious and modern bus. Our guide is a lovely young Russian/Korean woman named Diana, who has lived her whole life in Uzbekistan.

Distances here are long, and the roads rather rough, so it takes a long time to get from place to place. En route to Samarkand we travel through lushly cultivated farm lands, rich with fruit trees and crops. We stop for lunch at a kind of oasis, and enjoy our meal outdoors. We like the heavy, fresh bread that is served at every meal here, together with kebabs, fresh salads, and somsas, a kind of samosa.

We arrived in Samarkand, and checked into our hotel. We were free for the afternoon, so a group of us grabbed taxis to take us across the city to the Urug Beg Observatory. The taxi cost us about $.60 per person. Urug Beg was a son of Amir Temur, and built an astronomical observatory. His calculations as to the length of a day and a year were found to be precise centuries later.

In the evening we walked past Registan Square to see the setting sun in the beautiful buildings, before continuing on to dinner. After dinner we went to see Guri Amir Mausoleum lit up for the night. Beautiful!

View from our hotel balcony in Tashkent
A conference facility in Tashkent
Statue of Amir Temur in Tashkent
Registan Square at sunset
Registan Square
Gur-e Amir Mausoleum

Posted by Jimpat 20:35

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Sitting at Heathrow waiting to board my flight home and catching up with your travel blog. Great photos - looking forward to seeing more. Sounds like you are having a fabulous time - enjoy!

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