Day 49: Kok-Gumbaz

Our supr-of-the-moment decision to take a side trip to Shakhrisabz turned out to be well worth the extra expense of $50 for the whole day.  We met our taxi driver (as I was reminded after erroneously reporting our hotel arranged it) when we arrived at the Samarkand train station.  He was waiting patiently well past the … Continue reading Day 49: Kok-Gumbaz

Day 94: Ak-Saray Palace

In the ancient city of Kesh, just 100km to the south of Samarkand, stand the remains of Timur’s summer palace.  On the ruins of the impressive gateway the phrase “If you challenge our power – look at our buildings!” can still be made out.  The Ak-Saray Palace, ironically, is nothing more than a crumbling ruin … Continue reading Day 94: Ak-Saray Palace