Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Intricate designs both inside and outside The Silk Road. The series of interconnected trade routes between western Europe and eastern China operating during the 2nd Century BC and 15th Century AD. At it’s epicentre, the ancient city of Samarkand. Uzbekistan’s most visited city is one of the oldest continuously populated cities in Central Asia. It…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 9): Uzbekistan – Samarkand, the Silk Road awaits

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover

As my Central Asian journey continued I walked over the border into Uzbekistan.. COUNTRY NUMBER 50!! – And half way to my goal! Gone are the stunning landscapes of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the surprising modernity of Kazakhstan. In its place the Silk Road. The ancient network of trade routes – yes there wasn’t just…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 8): Uzbekistan – A Tashkent stopover

Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 3): Kyrgyzstan – A dynamic landscape

Red sandstone formations in the Jeti-Oguz region My trip in Kyrgyzstan (kihr-giz-stan) was just full of highlights, as you saw in Part 2. This time, I’ll focus on my last two days as we head down the Tian Shan Mountains closer to the Kazakh border. Wildlife As we said bye to Song-Kol and headed back…… Continue reading Three Weeks in Central Asia (Part 3): Kyrgyzstan – A dynamic landscape