Cities of the Silk Road: Ferghana Valley

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Finally, as an extension to the main tour, we drove (or, technically, were driven) over the mountains and into the Ferghana Valley to see yet another part of Uzbekistan and some more of the traditional crafts.

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Cities of the Silk Road: Tashkent

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Then it was a flight back to Tashkent taking us full circle. Tashkent was also where we said goodbye to the rest of our group whilst we stayed on for a few more days.

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Cities of the Silk Road: Khiva & Nukus

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We then crossed the border back in to Uzbekistan to visit the ancient Silk Road city of Khiva and the modern regional capital of Nukus where we learned more about the history of this part of Uzbekistan.

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Cities of the Silk Road: Darvaza & Konya Urgench

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After the bizarre sights of Ashgabat we then drove north through the desert to the sink hole gas craters of Darvaza for more craziness. We camped overnight by the burning crater before continuing north to the town of Konya Urgench.

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Cities of the Silk Road: Ashgabat

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From Mary, it was a short flight to Ashgabat which lived up to its reputation of being a very strange city indeed.  

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Cities of the Silk Road: Mary & Merv

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After Bukhara we continued across the border into Turkmenistan and then on to the city of Mary where we saw some spectacular new buildings as well as the ancient sites of Merv and Gonur Depe.  

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Day 256: Too Many Tourists

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Fri. 26th April 2013 Its our last day in Asia today before we head off to Africa for the final section of our trip. Our flight is not until late this afternoon so I have prepared a short itinerary to …

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Day 255: One Night In Taipei

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Thur. 25th April 2013 Today, we are off to Taipei for our final night on Taiwan. Although there is no particular rush to get there, there is still no lie in for us as we need to get up to …

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Day 254: Mountain High, River Deep

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Wed. 24th April 2013 Looking at a map of Taiwan, today we just have to cross the middle of the Island from east to west, which is the least distance of our three drives. The problem is that the road …

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Day 253: To Boulderly Go!

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Tue. 23rd April 2013 To paraphrase that well known Sci-Fi show – ‘Taiwan, the final frontier. Our 1 week mission to explore alien civilisations…’. Fair enough, but why did that have to include bouldering / river-walking? And what is involved …

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