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Oct 30, 2013 - Khiva

The steppe is a good place for learning patience. With the absence of landmarks, you never seem to be getting anywhere. Finally in the distance a minaret, azure blue domes announce ancient Khiva - a name redolent of slave caravans, barbaric cruelty and terrible journeys across one of the worst deserts in Asia. Shem is said to have marked out its city walls. Lonely Planet is commonly referred to here as Lying Planet. It suggests that Khiva is so well preserved "that the life has almost been squeezed out." It is true that Khiva's core, the...

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Oct 11, 2012 - Khiva

Après une nuit passée dans le train couchettes version soviétique (et la traversée du désert ouzbekh), nous arrivons à Khiva, la plus petite des 3 villes principales de la route de la Soie en Ouzbekhistan. La ville se trouve à la frontière avec le Turkmenistan, et elle est entourée d'un désert. Khiva est un vrai musée à ciel ouvert: la vieille ville est encore entourée de ses remparts, et une fois a l'intérieur de la citadelle, on a l'impression de faire un voyage dans le temps: tout est couleur sable, il n'y a pas de voiture, on dirait...

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Jun 28, 2012 - A carpet ride in Khiva

Finally to get the blog up to date, I awoke this morning feeling a hell of a lot better. Khiva is a walled old city dating back approximately 2500 years. Many of the buildings though are only a few hundred years old. Our new local guide Jalol, an Uzbek trend setter IMO, very smartly dressed and very intelligent, took us on a 4 hour tour (in real hours 5 1/2) of the city. it is quite compact full of medressas, mosques and minarets. The city and country is renowned for the carpets it sells. Absolutely beautiful carpet, but even at the...

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Jun 27, 2012 - Day of the dead

Today, was a living nightmare after yesterday. I was feeling so sick after the night and day before. We had a stop in the ruins of Kunye-Urgench, which were amazing except for the amount of sun and lack of shade. The drive to the Turkmen-Uzbek border was OK. the wait at the border was unbearable. Apparently I was literally passed out and or asleep at a few customs/immigration buildings on both sides of the border. It really wasn't a pleasant day at all. I wasn't the only one suffering. In fact probably 75% of the tour has suffered over the...

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Apr 4, 2010 - Tashkent - Urgentch - Khiva

A 4h45 nous sommes debout et le petit dejeuner nous attend en bas. On a pris soin de nous preparer a manger pour qu'on ne parte pas l'estomac vide... Quelle gentille attention!!! L'avion pour Ourgentch part a 7h00 pile. Il n'est pas parti a 6h59 alors qu'il etait pret a decoller, ni a 7h01... Precision suisse (ou plutot heritee du regime sovietique). Notre avion est un vieil avion russe qui date probablement des annees 1970, a en juger par l'etat des sieges et l'absence de compartiment pour ranger les bagages a main... Je ne suis pas...

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Sep 23, 2009 - Khiva

After a not very quick dash from Bukhara through some pretty desolate land and a drive over a train bridge - they are too tight to build a road bridge so you travel the train tracks! We have arrived in Khiva. The trip was only about 500 Kms but we took nearly 10 hours on the truck mostly because of the state of the roads. I believe you can do it by train in about 4 hours. Khiva is a walled city - very touristy but also very pleasant. There are 53 buildings to see and this morning we saw most of them so once again I am all historically...

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Oct 15, 2008 - Exploring Khiva

October 15, Wednesday – Khiva We spent the day exploring the mosques, museums, madressas, minarets and palaces in the old city. It is geared to tourism and only by walking the residential lanes along the inside wall do you gain a flavor for what life was like in centuries past. But the central tourist area offers restored grandeur on a scale you seldom experience while traveling. The data on my digital camera photos indicates that I walked the city from 8:33 AM until 6:50 PM and kept 312 of the 450 images I took during the day. I took a...

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Oct 14, 2008 - Dasoguz to Khiva

Our Czech guide Martin has been unable to secure a visa for Turkmenistan for the past four years apparently for somehow offending an official or talking too much with locals. Thus, he went on to Uzbekistan while we were in Turkmenistan and met us with a big bus on the Uzbek side of the border. We were soon our way to the ancient city of Khiva via the modern city of Urgench. The terrain was, as it was all the way across Turkmenistan, flat desert. However, we were now close to the Amu Darja River. Various canals siphon water from the once...

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Sep 11, 2008 - Khiva, Uzbekistan via flight from Ashghabat to Dashkhovuz

Pic #4001-4030 in Turkmen 4031-4045 Up at 4 am for flight to Dashkhovuz...arrived via Turkmenistan Air at 7 am - no driver at airport(first and only glitch), so we went to Hotel to wait...just 15 min. - it was an internal mixup. Off to sites...see day trip. 9-12 Met w/ K&T in am and made plans...1)Sat. trip to Aral Sea 2)Sun. Castles tour - 7 castles ruins. Today we get 2 day pass for entry into old city 'museums' and mausoleums and medressas(Islamic schools). Walking about the totally reconstructed old city of Khiva is like walking around...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Khiva (UZBEKISTAN)

Al cruzar la frontera tome un taxi a Khiva, $13 por 30-40 minutos de taxi, no estuvo tan mal. Me tomo un tiempo encontrar un hostal abierto en Khiva, ya que hacia mucho frio y como era temporada baja, la mayoria estaban cerrados. Finalmente encontre uno bastante bueno, bonito y barato ($10 inc. desayuno!). Khiva es espectacular. Desde que llegas, ves la ciudad antigua toda amurallada y todos los palacios, fuertes, mezquitas, minaretes, medressas, etc en perfecto estado, hasta con toda la decoracion de mosaicos y mayolicas azules tipicas de...

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Oct 11, 2007 - Khiva (Xiva)

Khiva (Xiva) er nok en by som hadde sin storhetstid mellom 100 F.K. til ca. 600 E.K. naar det var full aktivitet langs silkeveien. I dag er det bare turistene som staar for handelen. Paa ett eller annet tidspunkt endte byen sikkert i ruiner (Timur eller Djengis Kahn), men det som staar der naa er definitivt restaurert og glanset. Innenfor de gamle bymurene staar naermest en tegneserieby, der senteret for slavehandel laa langs silkeveien. Enkelte minareter og mausoleer kan gi inntrykk av aa vaere bygget opp av plast, men i naermere oeyesyn...

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May 14, 2006 - Khiva

Khiva es una ciudad Patrimonio Mundial de la Unesco y esto se nota. Hoy es domingo y hay miles de turistas. La mayoria son uzbekos con sus mejores galas y con sus miles de niños corretones por todos los lados. Hello, hello. Where are you from? What is your name? Se hace pesado al cabo de un rato. English? France? Italian? (deben ser los paises que mas tour-comandos mandan a Uzbekistan). No, no, no. Buon giorno! Buon giorno! Ellos ya han decidido que debo ser italiana. En Khiva empiezo a ver los primeros tours de turistas europeos. En Iran...

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