Back in Beautiful Bukhara

Posted by on January 14, 2013
Kalon Mosque and Minaret

Kalon mosque and minaret.

If you ever hear me going on and on about some city in Uzbekistan that I love beyond reason, Bukhara is the one. I would go around shouting it from the rooftops if they weren’t so crumbly and I thought they would bear my weight.

Chor Minor

Chor Minor minaret remains.

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Mir-i-Arab as night falls over Bukhara.

Make all the Borat/catapault jokes you want, but if Uzbekistan is the cultural crown of Central Asia then Bukhara is the big shiny jewel that pulls the whole thing together.

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Bukhara’s Ark, the former Emir’s palace.

Market Ma'ams

Market day in Bukhara.

Every time I’ve been here, Bukhara has been full of music and dancing and hospitality and buildings so awesome even Genghis Khan said “Holy ****, look at that!”

Dance Fever

Dance Party!

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Russian tunes in an Uzbek home.

There are even storks’ nests atop some of the old minarets! I still haven’t seen any storks, so I assume they’re all out delivering newborns. One day, though, they’ll show up and I’ll have my camera ready.

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Storks?!

Souvien moi!

Souvenir sales baside the Mir-i-Arab.

Bazaar Alleys

Late-night shopper in Bukhara’s covered markets.

Not only is Bukhara a wonderful atmosphere, but it really is one of the most photogenic places I’ve spent time in. I’ve avoided other travelers here so that I could walk around on my own to take photos instead of being distracted by walking with someone.

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Traditional home on the backstreets of Bukhara.

Cream Face

Seen on the streets behind Kalon.

Vending Madam

Protectin’ that produce.

I think this is the place that made me really love Central Asia, and is certainly one of the highlights of all my travel experiences.

Kalon-ally

Gateway to the Kalon complex.

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One Response to Back in Beautiful Bukhara

  1. purcitron

    not bad at all

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