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Bukhara and the Carpet Shop – 29th April 2015

Bukhara and the Carpet Shop – 29th April 2015

Today was our first real day in Bukhara and we were both excited to see what it offered. We knew we had a fairly packed day ahead and a promise of a wonderful carpet shop! Our first point of call was the Ismael Samani Mausoleum which was centred in a large park. To be fair the park was very pretty but did look a tad tired and had remnants of its Russian rule in the shape of a Ferris wheel… View Post

Junipalooza 2015

Junipalooza 2015

Another quick break from our Uzbekistan series for some gin!!!! The Gin Foundry ran its second successful gin festival – Junipalooza at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London. Our love of gin is fairly recent but I think it’s safe to say we are a little addicted. In essence Junipalooza is a coming together of gin companies (dare I say small batch/craft companies) and gin lovers who are very willing to sample their wares. We made our way round the stalls sampling… View Post

Samarkand to Bukhara – April 28th

Samarkand to Bukhara – April 28th

Our original plan for today was head to Bukhara from Samarkand via Nurata but our driver had told us that the roads to Nurata had got considerably bad and would add an additional 3 hours of driving to a 6 hour day. We collectively decided to skip Nurata and head straight for Bukhara. The roads in Uzbekistan are awful to say the least. Pot holes the size of craters and lunatic drivers. The going was rough and bumpy and long.… View Post

New Forest – June 2015

New Forest – June 2015

A quick break from our Uzbekistan series for a very short run down of a switched off weekend away.   When you spend 5 of the 7 days of the week at work and spend your spare time planning your next exciting adventure you can burn out pretty quickly. With our two year wedding anniversary looming we decided a switched off weekend was needed. Living in West Sussex, UK we are located very close to some wonderful National parks, the… View Post

Samarkand – 27 April 2015

Samarkand – 27 April 2015

We awoke to yet another beautiful day in Uzbekistan – the weather was stunning for 99% of the trip, with only 1 day of rain I was a very happy bunny!! Which was good as today was an action packed day visiting 6 more sights of Samarkand! After breakfast we hopped back onto the bus and drove over to the Afrosiyab museum in the older area of Samarkand. Afrosiyab is the site of the ancient city of Samarkand, it was… View Post

Shakrisabz – 26th April 2015

Shakrisabz – 26th April 2015

We awoke to a nice sunny day ready for a 3 hour drive to Shakrisabz – Timur’s summer palace. We sped past fields of poppies – they really were everywhere, beautiful row upon row of poppies. Around half way there we turned into a small country road and pulled up on a grass verge. Surrounded by fields and small farmhouses it was idyllic. The sun was beating down and a very smiley Uzbek man met us and ushered up a… View Post

Tashkent to Samarkand – 25th April 2015

Tashkent to Samarkand – 25th April 2015

We all awoke at the crack of dawn to get ready to depart at 6:30am for our train to Samarkand. The weather had closed in bringing rain and wind. Wonderful. We all packed on to the bus and made our way to the station. Uzbekistan loves its security xray machines and almost everywhere we went our bags were scanned. The station was fairly quiet as far as English train stations go and there weren’t rows of people standing far too… View Post

Portsmouth Dockyards – May 2015

Portsmouth Dockyards – May 2015

Bank holiday Mondays were invented for day trips! Well in our house they were anyway. They are a good British excuse to visit somewhere or if the weather holds out stick the BBQ on. As the weather wasn’t looking amazing we opted for the former. Having previously bought some tickets on Groupon the trip was much more affordable. A full price ticket for an adult to the Historic Dockyard is £32.00!!! A little steep in my opinion especially if you… View Post

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – 24th April 2015

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – 24th April 2015

We arrived! We rested (this was very much needed) and then were ready to go. Alongside Amelia we had a local guide Tanya for the day. After lunch we headed out to our first site of the trip. Museum of Applied Arts, pulling up alongside a quite an unassuming building we entered a lovely courtyard with an oak tree providing the only shade. The exhibits of suzani and jewellery led us round and museum and gave a small taste of… View Post

Uzbekistan 2015

Uzbekistan 2015

When my husband first broached the idea of going on a trip to Uzbekistan I laughed and thought it was a ridiculous idea. I dismissed the notion but he kept insisting. Over and over again he kept bringing up the idea of travelling to this unusual country, then in November 2014 I began to show more of an interest. Researching the country I began to stumble across endless reams of intriguing blue domes and the faces of interesting people. The idea… View Post