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 21: Uzbek Wine

Uzbekistan is hardly world renowned for its contribution to the global viticulture industry, but grapes have been cultivated in Central Asia for more than 2,000 years.  Zoroastrians were famous for their wine making skills, and this tradition survived the muslim conquest into the later middle ages, under Russian Imperial influence, during Soviet times, and through … Continue reading Day 21: Uzbek Wine

Day 29: Lada Power!

If Chevrolet has a near monopoly on new car sales in Uzbekistan, Lada takes the top prize for pride in ownership, and raw Soviet aesthetic.  Few cars have maintained the same basic body style as long as the iconic Lada 2100 series, production lasting from 1970 to 2012, an amazing 42 years.  Not the only … Continue reading Day 29: Lada Power!

Day 30: Tashkent Metro

Tashkent residents are very proud of their metro system.  What it lacks in size, it makes up for in being one of the most beautiful in the world.  When it opened in 1977, the Tashkent Metro was the 7th in the USSR, and the first in Central Asia.  The latter held true until the opening … Continue reading Day 30: Tashkent Metro

Day 33: Tashkent TV Tower

Soaring into the skies above the Uzbek Capital, the Tashkent TV Tower tops out at 375 meters (1,230.3 ft), making it the 3rd tallest tower in the former Soviet Union, and is currently ranked the 12th tallest tower in the world.  Like the CN Tower in Toronto, and the Fernsehturm in Berlin, the Tashkent TV … Continue reading Day 33: Tashkent TV Tower

Day 34: Parkent Solar Furnace

Just an hour and a half outside Tashkent, a fascinating Soviet relic sits perched on a hillside near the village of Changikhisarak.  One of the Soviet Wonders of the World, the физика-солнце, literally "Physics Sun" Institute of Uzbekistan, is the second biggest solar furnace in the world surpassed only by the Odeillo solar furnace in the Pyrenees … Continue reading Day 34: Parkent Solar Furnace

Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar

Much more than just a flea market, Yangiobod Bazaar is a treasure trove for basically anything you could possibly ever want, or think you might want.  For collectors of Soviet era memorabilia, this place is a gold mine.  Bargains to be had, and savvy dealers swapping propaganda pins, watches, medals, coins, old and rare books, … Continue reading Day 35: Yangiobod Bazaar