Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Legends of Samarkand and Bukhara, Uzbekistan September 2018

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  The cities of Samarkand and Bukhara have existed for over 2500 years. I could try to rattle off some of the civilizations and empires that have ruled these areas from the Persians and Greeks (under Alexander the Great) to …

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The Living Silk Road, Uzbekistan September 2018

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As I travel through Uzbekistan now the mountains have all but disappeared and a dusty haze settles on the landscape. But the road is paved with iconic Silk Road towns – ahead of me lie the almost mythical places of …

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On The Trail of Alexander the Great, Tajikistan, September 2018

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My final jaunt through Tajikistan has taken me to the capital Dushanbe and then on to the north. Dushanbe translates as Monday, and when this was previously a sleepy town the weekly market was held on a Monday hence the …

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The Wakhan Valley – A Stone’s Throw from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, August 2018

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My latest journey has taken a detour from the Pamir Highway into the Wakhan Valley region. Although I won’t bore you with too much geopolitical history, in the 1800s as the Soviet empire was pressing south and the  British were …

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