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    Along the Silk Road...

    Not all is desert...

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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Evening nears in Samarkand...

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    Night falls...

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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Nice and very interesting images from places of which I have very little information. Do you have a general map showing the places you visited?

    Thanks!
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Hi Rayyan, nice to have you and the Df singing again!
    Please let them come..
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Dave, Thorkil; thanks for the comments.

    pegelli, Peter thanks for the likes.


    I flew from Riyadh to Dubai. 2 days in Dubai.
    Dubai to Tashkent by air.

    Then a mix of road and air across these 5 countries.
    Border crossings across some were considerably time consuming and arduous.

    The remnants of the Soviet occupations were evident in all places to varying degrees. However, these folks are trying to overcome those associations in the fastest possible time.

    Except for Turkmenistan, entry formalities were minimal in all countries.

    Invariably, the people were the most courteous and friendly Ayesha and I have come across. This was a trip where we were treated as someone special. From the point of entry to exit and everywhere in-between. Our passports opened
    doors..literally. We came from the holiest land of Islam!! The generosity was at times, embarrassing. Was certainly a very unexpected and surprising experience!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.gt View Post
    Nice and very interesting images from places of which I have very little information. Do you have a general map showing the places you visited?

    Thanks!
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    Hi Rayyan, nice to have you and the Df singing again!
    Please let them come..
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Jorgen, Joel, Alan, Bart...thank you very much.

    Tashkent..At the crossroads of civilization in days gone by.

    The following images are taken at various stations of the Tashkent metro. Until recently photography was forbidden here.
    A remnant of the soviet era; this was a nuclear attack shelter.






    One of the things that struck us, wherever we went and in whichever city, was the cleanliness. The streets, the alleys, the houses, the shops, the eateries...immaculately clean!
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Thank you for these photos, Rayyan. This is a region I planned to travel in some 20 years ago, but then I moved to Thailand. I seem to have missed out on something great.

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    Jorgen, it is just a hop and a skip away! And as Ayesha says, it is never to late.

    And a thank you to a long lost friend, who has not been seen for sometime. Hope you and family are doing fine. My best regards to them.

    Ayesha wanted to know how the Egyptians made and wrote on papyrus ( spelling? ).

    I told her we were in the right place.
    She found a tree. A bark was chiseled out of it.
    She wanted it rolled. 2 days and it would be ready. We spent a morning watching the process that bark went through.

    When we returned, they gave us this:


    It appears making this today is a very expensive proposition!
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    There are no great green vistas except when one scales the rugged mountains.
    Notice from the map that not only do we have landlocked countries; the bordering countries too, in some cases, are land locked.

    The caravans would travel across the deserts and, if a settlement was found, would hunker down for the night.

    Some of these caravan Sara-ai-s have been converted into superb hotels ( those that have survived ).

    The architecture across all countries is generally similar. And to the untrained looks the same. This is a consequence of the Islamic tenet not to draw, paint, carve etc. any animate objects.

    As a result the artisans took to expressing their designs in calligraphy, ceramics, mosaics, silks, doors, domes etc.

    Here is a simple mosque. Notice how clean the courtyard is!


    The onion shaped domes are a hallmark of Central Asian and Persian design..
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Wonderful images rayyan, thank you for sharing your images and travel experience[s]
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    Go as a tourist...leave as a friend. Young or old.

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    Hundreds of years have gone by. The architects and artisans are long forgotten except for the academics.

    However, the work survives. As a testament to the masters of their crafts.


    Look at the complement of colors and dyes. The painstaking effort in the hot sun.
    I can learn so much about color harmonies just by looking at these works of art.
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    Wonderful series of images, Rayyan - especially the portraits - thanks for sharing - what must have been a wonderful experience.

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    Folks, thanks to each one of you that have ' liked ' the posts

    Ayesha, did have a Fuji XH-1 with her. But the wonderful wife she is, she damaged the lcd!! And stopped using it; making do with her iPhone. I love her

    She took a snap. And told me in disgust ' here post this for your forum friends ! '...


    The less said the better about this incident.

    p.s the DF with the BR and one of the 2 lenses I carried. The PD sling was never used.

    p.p.s looking at myself via a 28mm iPhone lens, seems that the debauchery and wild life of youth has caught up with me with a vengeance! Shhh!
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    Friends thank you so much for your ' likes ' and comments. It has been our pleasure having you along on this short journey. A lot of stories have been left untold.
    Some other time, perhaps.

    We shall leave you with this last image...this time looking up!
    This is for real!!


    May good light accompany your journeys always..wherever they lead.

    Best regards.
    Ayesha/Rayyan.
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    I'm sure you both, Ayesha and Rayyan, will be digging out some more nice pictures later on, so please promise to get us updated, if so, here or in Fun..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post

    Go as a tourist...leave as a friend. Young or old.

    Love these to shots! Wonderful smiles; beautiful humans.
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    A revisit from the saved copy...( Thorkil to be blamed for this!! )

    [CENTER]




    Df, 50/85-1.8G
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Very nice!!!

    More evidence that the DF is a great choice for travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayyan View Post
    A revisit from the saved copy...( Thorkil to be blamed for this!! )
    Nice to be blamed then, Rayyan...
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    Re: Along the Silk Road...

    Centuries ago, most countries of Central Asia were within the domain of the Soviet Empire.
    And as such there was a lot of migration of Russian people into the Central Asian region.

    One of the most significant migration was that of the Jewish folks who migrated into various countries of Central Asia and made it their home for generations.
    This exodus continued well past the Stalin era.

    However, after the break-up of the Soviet Union, a large majority of the Jewish settlers either returned to the Russian Federation or other countries in Europe and elsewhere.

    Uzbekistan, even today, has a small Jewish community. Ayesha and I were honored to be invited into one of their homes. The welcome and generosity shown to us was overwhelming.

    I came to know of a hotel in town, which previously was the residence of a very wealthy Jewish family settled centuries ago. Always occupied!!
    But coming from where where I came from, the hotel owners were unbelievably welcoming to find me a place to stay for a few days!!

    I jumped at the chance. Ayesha had had to leave to go to Tajikistan.

    The house is a national heritage building, with the hotel built in front encompassing the house.

    I was privileged to be shown inside the house, which is generally kept closed for preservation purposes.

    You have seen images made with the iPhone from inside this house, posted earlier..without mention of the place.

    Here, with the Df, are a few more images...just as the mosaic, the walls, the wood, etc. were centuries ago!!
    Preserved with love and tender care....




    Do take notice of the mosaics and the wall behind the bench!!
    See the paint. Enduring to this day.

    Such is what I had come to see.
    The old. Time and place that the modern world has forgotten, for the most part.
    Forgotten History. Lost in Time.
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