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Monday, May 31, 2010

Khiva - Uzbekistan

Samarkand and Bukhara were the magical cities on the silk road that called and lured me for so many years, but I wasnt aware that it was in the town of Khiva, I surprisingly found what I was looking for.

I am sure we all know some of the stories Scheherazade tell to King Shahryar to save her life in 1001 Nights or Arabian nights. For years I always dreamed of a place just like Khiva for the background of those stories.

It is a very well preserved town and a world heritage site, where you can jump into the history easily and be a character in one of the stories.

 The only unpleasent thing I remember from my day in Khiva was heat. Although it was early May, the weather was so hot, making it difficult to walk in the beautiful streets of the town.

21 comments:

  1. Quite amazing to see such history and beauty on my computer screen - provided with such love and interest by YOU! Thank you.

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  2. oh my goodness - the colours - the daring men - fabulous as ever !

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  3. Any place that is a World Heritage Site is always worth visiting! I'd love to see Khiva some day! It looks gorgeous!

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  4. I love the architecture! You've been to the coolest places! Jennifer:)

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  5. Wow amazing,i've been intriged by Sherezahade since i first heard of her and she and her stories are an inspiration,and you are right this is the place for her.Beautiful colours and wood-carving.I hope i'll get the opportunity one day to go there.Thanks for sharing.

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  6. These structures are so beautiful and blend so well with nature. Creates such a serene feeling, unlike those glass and metal skyscrapers you see everywhere. The last photo is simply stunning.

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  7. Thank you for such a wonderful Pictures. Khiva is definitely one of the best Town of Interest to Tourist. People are nice and whole town in a Qalla offers a great Experience

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  8. When you tie all this in with the stories of the Arabian Nights, you set my imagination ablaze. And the photos make me wonder about the history that goes along with the myths: who built these buildings? Who lived here? Who carved that wood? I'd like to read a book about Khiva then walk among these treasures, knowing the answers.

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  9. These photos tell such rich stories, easy to see where she got 1,001 tales. Well, easier in theory than actually telling them I imagine.

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  10. these are incredible, what great stories you will have to share!!

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  11. Wonderful photos. I loved being an armchair traveler to this exotic locale.

    Great post!

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  12. SO so beautiful aysegul.
    instantly transported as if you are there. i love the heat but you are right... when i went to croatia, it was so hot due to all the stone and walled cities.
    just more need for gelato :)
    ~laura

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  13. Very exciting and exotic place to visit, you saw so many things of great interest, so glad I stopped by.

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  14. Hallo, all the photos of your blog are very interesting

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  15. A trip on the silk road, wonderful like wonderful your pics

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  16. omgoodness aysegul..gorgeous!
    love all the details you shared..especially the colors, the carved woodwork

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  17. Excellent shots. Your are a great photographer, but I know you have a great assistant too!!

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