Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

The Al-Hakim al-Termizi complex on the edge of old-Termez is a conglomerate of several structures built from the 11th to 15th centuries dedicated to the 9th century Sufi mystic, great early Islamic author, and most important representative of Central Asian Sufism, Abu Abdullah Muhammad bin Ali bin Hasan bin Bashir Al Hakim At-Termizi.  Born in … Continue reading Day 12: Mausoleum of Al-Hakim al-Termizi

Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Located between Independence Square and the Monument of Courage, directly across the street from Tashkent's Crying Mother Monument, the Palace of Arts "Turkiston" is another of the Uzbek capital city's most imposing Soviet era monuments visitors will find hard to miss. Construction started in the final days of the USSR, but was derailed by lack of … Continue reading Day 20: Palace of Arts – Turkistan

Day 52: Assumption Cathedral

One only has to look back to the period of Russian Imperial colonialism in Central Asia for the first evidence of the Russian Orthodox Church in Uzbekistan.  As early as the 1840s, Siberian Cossacks began to settle what would eventually become Russian Turkistan bringing their faith along with them.  Russian settlers poured into Uzbekistan in … Continue reading Day 52: Assumption Cathedral

Day 54: Sherdor Madrassa

Part of the Registan ensemble, the Sherdor Madrassa is most famous for its mosaic depictions of fantastic beasts resembling lions or tigers which are today featured prominently as a national symbol of Uzbekistan.  The mosaic creatures appear not only on the 200 сўм note of the national currency, but are also replicated on the Palace … Continue reading Day 54: Sherdor Madrassa

Day 56: Reconsidering The Netherlands

We're on the road today, heading for a stop in Germany before we reach home in Italy once again. As we exited The Netherlands, I began to reflect about my awesome 4-day adventure and realized that my attitude towards Holland has changed drastically since I first visited in 2005. Then, and even in the last … Continue reading Day 56: Reconsidering The Netherlands

Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Ciao a tutti. We are continuing our weekend trip here in Torino, or Turin, as English-speakers call it. Turin is a bit off-the-beaten path to first-time Italy travelers, despite being a very large Italian city, mainly because it is not one of "the big 3"(Venice, Florence, Rome) visited on large-group tours. You may have heard … Continue reading Day 97: Palazzo Reale a Torino, an all-day event!

Montagnana – Città Murata

Rising from the Veneto plain, surrounded by some of the best preserved medieval walls in Europe, Montagnana is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Please click HERE, or the picture below, for a direct link to the article! I'm now a contributing travel blogger for the vacation rental company "Campaya" and their travel related news feed. While Alicia … Continue reading Montagnana – Città Murata