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A Trip in 2018 to the "Stans" along the Silk Road

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Dromedary camel in Kara Kum Desert, south of Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan


Map of our trip along Silk Road


Statue of Tamerlane (Amir Timur) 1336-1405, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Tamerlane (Amir Timur) 1336-1405, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Entrance to Tamerlane Museum (Amir Timur) 1336-1405, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Interior of Tamerlane Museum (Amir Timur) 1336-1405, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Baby cribs (with drain hole) in Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Monument to 4/26/1966 Earthquake destruction of Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Kafelsashi Mausoleum, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Barak Khan Madrassah, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Dome in Barak Khan Madrassah, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Bread vendor in Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Produce vendors in Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Spices vendor in Chorsu Bazaar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Wall tiles in subway, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


The Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theater, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Entrance to Applied Arts Museum, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Video of Musicians at Museum


Entrance Arch to "Fifty Fortresses" area of Korezm empire, 5th century AD, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


Toprak Qala ruins in "Fifty Fortresses" area of Korezm empire, 5th century AD, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


Lunchtime in a yurt, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


A Bactrian camel in Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


Collapsible framework of a yurt, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


Camel and "Devil's dung" (ferula foetida), (Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


"Devil's dung" near city ruins, Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan)


South Gate in City wall, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Video of South Gate


Kuhna Ark and Kalta Minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Map of Chinese proposal for massive road construction "The Silk Road Project", Khiva, Uzbekistan


Madrassa near Kalta Minor Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Video of crafts on sale


Locals visiting old town of Khiva, Uzbekistan


Ivory saddle in palace, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Intricate designs on palace doorway, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Royal Audience Hall in Palace, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Throne in Kuhna Ark (Palace), Khiva, Uzbekistan


West Gate, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Women making carpets in Khiva, Uzbekistan


Juma Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Blue dome of Mausoleum of Makhmud Pakhlavan, Khiva, Uzbekistan
My Painting of this scene


Tomb of Mohammed Rahim Khan at the Pahlavan Mahmoud Mausoleum, Khiva, Uzbekistan
Video Inside Mausoleum


Palace Rception Hall, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Royal bedroom, Khiva, Uzbekistan


A local home's dining platform, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Repairing adobe walls, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Crews planting flowers to celebrate visit of Turkmenistan's president, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Madrassa Mohammed Rajim Khan, Khiva, Uzbekistan


Korean vendor selling salads and kim chee in bazaar, Dashoguz, Turkmenistan


Library in Dashoguz, Turkmenistan


Draft beer dispenser in local restaurant, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Carrara marble-clad modern buildings (and white Toyota), Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Video of Marble-clad Buildings


Entering Parthian fortress of Nisa (3rd cent. BC) near Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Video of Nisa Ruins


Kopet Dag Mountains (in Iran) from Parthian fortress of Nisa (3rd cent. BC) near Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Red poppies (Papaver rhoeas) at Parthian fortress of Nisa (3rd cent. BC) near Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Turkmenbashi Ruhy Mosque, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Video Outside of Mosque


Local guide in Carpet Museum, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Video inside Carpet Museum


10 Horses in Monument to 10 Years of Independence, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Monument of Neutrality, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Statue of President Nirazov (Turkmenbashi), Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Massey-Fergeson tractor and sheep at horse stable outside Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


An Akhal Teke horse at breeding farm near Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Horse Demonstration


Mr. Owlyaaguly at his Akhal Teke horse breeding operation (with 14 national champions) outside Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Alabai dog (4000-year old breed of sheep dog from Central Asia), near Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Marble and Glass hotel in Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Wedding Palace, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan
Video of Dancers inside Wedding Palace


Narizov statue, Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


The national bank in Ashkabat, Turkmenistan


Statues of horses at night, Turkmenabat, Turmenistan


The "Girls' Castle" at ruins of Merv, Turkmenistan


Excavations at the "Girls' Castle" at ruins of Merv, Turkmenistan


The "Girls' Castle" in the distance at ruins of Merv, Turkmenistan


Camel herd at Erk Kala ruins of Merv, Turkmenistan
Video of Camel herd


Askhab Mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Red poppies at Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Tomb of Yusuf Hamadani, Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Local men visiting Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Local family visiting Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Women cooking in communal kitchen, Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Local Turkmen women with gold teeth, Hodja Yusup Baba mosque and mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Our tour leader, Jonathan Hodgson with June Krantz and a local family inside Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Inside view of brick dome of Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


Three young women near Sultan Sanjar mausoleum, Merv, Turkmenistan


A dromedary camel walking through the Kara Kum desert north of Merv, Turkmenistan


Reed fences placed to trap drifting sand, Kara Kum Desert, north of Merv, Turkmenistan


Geranium in Kara Kum desert north of Merv, Turkmenistan


Jeyhun Hotel, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan


Wedding Palace, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan


City Hall next to Jeyhun Hotel, Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan


Crossing the Amu Darya River (Oxus River) at Turkmenabat, Turkmenistan


Pond at Chor Bakr Memorial Complex, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


A shaded porch at Chor Bakr Memorial Complex, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Chor Bakr Memorial Complex, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Samanid mausoleum, 10th cent. mausoleum built for Ismail Samani, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Interior of dome of Samanid mausoleum, 10th cent. mausoleum built for Ismail Samani, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Chor Minor, Madrasah of Khalif Niyaz-kul, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Bolo Hauz Mosque and reflecting pool, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Video of Bolo Haouz Mosque



Interior dome of Bolo Hauz Mosque, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Video of Interior


The Ark, 5th cent. royal palace, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Nodir Devon Begi caravansari (converted to a madrassa in 1622), Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Dome on Mir-i-Arab Madrassa, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Entrance to Mir-i-Arab Madrassa, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Courtyard of Mir-i-Arab Madrassa, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Video in courtyard


12th century Kalan Minaret, once the tallest building in Asia, Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Nadir Devon Begi madrassa (converted from a caravansari in 1622), Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Entrance to covered bazaar with brick domes, Burkhara, Uzbekistan


Plov, a traditional Uzbek dinner in Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Mausoleum of 12th cent.Sufi Abdulkhalik Ghijduvani, Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


Entrance to Mausoleum of 12th cent.Sufi Abdulkhalik Ghijduvani, Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


Local women visiting Mausoleum of 12th cent.Sufi Abdulkhalik Ghijduvani, Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


7th generation potter in ceramics factory in Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


8th generation potter in ceramics factory in Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


Traditional products in ceramics factory in Ghijuvon, Uzbekistan


Water cistern at Rabati Malik,11th cent. caravanseri visited by Marco Polo, near Bukhara, Uzbekistan


Open sewer, street hazard on walk to Registon Square, Samarkand, Ubekistan


Guri Amir, mausoleum for Tamerlane (Amu Timur), contains the tombs of Tamerlane, his sons Shah Rukh and Miran Shah and grandsons Ulugh Beg and Muhammad Sultan. Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Group photo at Guri Amir, mausoleum for Tamerlane, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Entrance to Guri Amir, mausoleum for Tamerlane (Amu Timur), Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Dome in Guri Amir, mausoleum for Tamerlane (Amu Timur), Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Leaving Guri Amir, mausoleum for Tamerlane (Amu Timur), Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Woman stripping bark from mulberry branches at paper factory, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Waterwheel-powered stamping press at mulberry paper factory, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Video of Waterwheel


Old waterwheel fitted with old pots and pans, Mulberry Paper Factory, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Statue of Ulugbek, astronomer and grandson of Tamerlane, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Astronomical observatory of Ulugbek, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Shah-i-Zinda mausoleum complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Upper group of mausoleums, Shah-i-Zinda necropolis complex, Samarkand, Ubekistan


One of lower group of mausoleums, Shah-i-Zindi necropolis complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Interior of Shodi Mulk Oko Mausoleum, Shah-i-Zindi necropolis complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


In the lower group of mausoleums, Shah-i-Zindi necropolis complex, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Reflections on a rainy day at Registan Square: Ulugbek Madrassa on the left (1420); Tilla-Kari Madrassa (1660) in the middle; Sher Dor Madrassa on the right (1636): Samarkand, Uzbekistan
My painting of this scene


Pansy beds at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Rainy day outside Sher Dor Madrassa, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Night time at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Video at Night


Gate near the Bazaar, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Ceiling in Tilla-Kari Madrassa, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Potter selling his products at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Madrassa courtyard, Samarkand, Uzbekistan


Local women leaving Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Video of visitors


A sunny afternoon at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Video at Registan


Musicians playing in dining room of Miran Hotel;, Taaskhent, Uzbekistan
Video of musicians


Statue of Ismoili Somoni (849-907 AD), emir of Samanid Empire, Khujand, Tajikistan


Horse mural in Somoni Park, Khujand, Tajikistan


Sheikh Massal ad-Din mausoleum and mosque, Khujand, Tajikistan


Vendor of dried apricots, raisins and nuts in Panchshanbe Bazaar, Khujand, Tajikistan


Busts of former Tajik leaders (including two women) along Syr Darya River, Khujand, Tajikistan


Historical Museum of Sughd Region, Khujand, Tajikistan


Arch near Historical Museum of Sughd Region, Khujand, Tajikistan


Colored lights on water fountains in Kamoli Khujandi Park, Khujand, Tajikistan


Approaching Kamoli Khujandi Mausoleum in Kamoli Khujandi Park, Khujand, Tajikistan


Closeup of Kamoli Khujandi Mausoleum in Kamoli Khujandi Park, Khujand, Tajikistan


Women hoeing cotton in field south of Khujand, Tajikistan


Mug Teppe Fortress, rebuilt in 2002 (one of Cyrus's fortresses, destroyed by Alexander the Great in 329 BC), Istaravshan Tajikistan


Mosque in Istaravshan, Tajikistan


Mustard in yard of Mosque in Istaravshan, Tajikistan


Vendors on mountain road selling dried apricots, nuts and yogurt balls, near Shahriston Pass on M34 highway to Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Video near Shahriston Pass


Village along Zerafshan River south of Khujand, Tajikistan


Stone houses along Varzob River north of Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Couple washing carpets along Varzob River north of Dushanbe, Tajikistan


End of Anzob Tunnel ("Tunnel of Death"), 3.2 miles long, between Khurjand and Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Vendor selling rhubarb stalks north of Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Statue in Rubaki Park of Ismoili Somoni (849-907 AD), emir of Samanid Empire, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Petunias in Rudaki Park and Emblem of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Emblem of Tajikistan (showing wheat and cotton) atop stele in Rudaki Park, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Monument to Rudaki, Tajik poet (858-941 AD), in Rudaki Park, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Kids playing chess in Rudaki Park, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Reclining Buddha in Museum of Antiquities, Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Skeleton of tall princess in Museum of Antiquities (3500 BC), Dushanbe, Tajikistan


One of 20 Event Halls in Navruz Cultural Palace, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Video in banquet hall


Me in Navruz Cultural Palace, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Video in conference hall



Wedding couple on promenade in Bag-i-Rudaki Gardens, Dushanbe, Kajikistan


Tulips in Panfilov Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Museum of Folk Musical Instruments, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Petroglyph of a Bactrian camel in Museum of Folk Musical Instruments, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Statue of soldiers commemerating Russian revolution of 1917 and battles in WW I, Panfilov Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan


World War II monument in Panfilov Park showing soldiers from all 15 republics in USSR, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Interior of Zenkov (Ascension) Cathedral, completed in 1907, built of wood without nails, Almaty, Kazakhstan


A sign showing how Zenkov Cathedral will look after renovation, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Utility poles suspended above ground with concrete piers, overlooking Big Almaty Lake, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Above frozen Almaty Lake, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Video from above Big Almaty Lake


Bill and Bruce, two roommates from the 1960s, above Big Almaty Lake, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Water pipeline from Big Almaty Lake to Almaty, Kazakstan


Abai Opera and Ballet House, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Statue of the Beatles at Kok-tobe (Green Hill), Almaty, Kazakhstan


A Kazakh Falconer holding a Golden Eagle at Kok-tobe (Green Hill), Almaty, Kazakhstan
Video of golden eagle


Costumed children ready to compete in dance competition, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Video of girls in costumes


Subway station in Almaty, Kazakhstan


Saddles at Historical Museum, Almaty, Kazakhstan


Statue of Baatyr Kozhumkul, a wrestler who reputedly could carry his horse, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


My hand showing the size of Baatyr Kozhumkul’s hand, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


Shepherd guiding his sheep alongside of the highway east of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


The Chu River in Buum gorge west of Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic


Blue trumpet flowers (campanula glomerata) above Chu River in Buum gorge west of Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic


Toilet sign at "Food Zone", a road-side cafeteria west of Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic


Cemetery monuments and the Ala-Too Mountains near Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyz Republic


Site of Saka-Usun (Sythian) ceremonies 2000 years ago in glacial boulder, Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyz Republic


Animal petroglyphs made for Saka-Usun ceremonies 2000 years ago in glacial boulder, Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyz Republic


Central mosque of Cholpon-Ata and Ala-Too mountains from Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyz Republic
Video from the lake


Daffodils at resort on Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgys Republic


Drying fish at roadside vendor, Kyrgyz Republic


Burana Tower (11th cent. AD) at Kegeti east of Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


Cattle Drive past Burana Tower, near Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


State Historican Museum, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic


Changing the Guard, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Video of changing of the guard