Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan.
below: Tashkent has a subway system with 29 stations. This is the entrance to one of them (you go down the stairs that are under the relief sculpture).
below: The entrance to another metro station. Looks rather quiet doesn’t it!
below: A class of school children link hands and form a circle around the base of a minaret.
below: A small WW2 memorial in a residential area of Tashkent. It looks like a list of names.
below: A young man waits for a bus.
below: A playground in the foreground, the circus behind.
below: Two men change the billboard, one strip at a time. There are very few billboards in Uzbekistan.
below: An apartment building from the Soviet era.
below: A modern looking building. It may be in fact a building from the Soviet era that has been re-clad as the Uzbeks erase as many traces of the Soviets as possible. Uzbekistan has been an independent country for 25 years.
below: As close as one gets to murals on buildings in Tashkent
below: The front of the Hotel Uzbekistan
below: If you go up to the restaurant on the top floor of the hotel, this is the view from out the window. This is Amir Temur Square and if you look closely, you can see a statue in middle. Independence Square is at the top right. One of the white buildings at the very top of the picture is the National Security building… no photos allowed! The problem is that it is right beside the park and the park looked lovely with the autumn leaves and the people and yes, I got in trouble. Sort of. Stupid tourist seemed to be the Uzbek soldier’s response and he sighed and rolled his eyes while making sure I deleted the picture.
below: And this is the statue. You can’t go anywhere in Uzbekistan without hearing about Amir Temur (also written as Amir Timur or Tamerlane). He was born in 1336 and spent most of his adult life fighting wars and winning. I can’t even begin to summarize the complicated history of Central Asia at the time so suffice it to say that he beat the Persians, sacked Aleppo and Damascas, captured Delhi, and died on his way to wage war against what is now China in 1404.
below: Another view from the top of the hotel. The building with the blue dome is the Amir Temur museum. There aren’t many cars on the road at the moment, but it’s not always that way!
below: A theatre
below: I didn’t get the opportunity to explore all of Tashkent but in the parts that I did see, there was very little graffiti. This was the one that stuck out the most. It’s sprayed on the base of a minaret.
below: There were a couple of trees that were marked, but this was rare.
The remaining pictures are taken at the Chorsu Bazaar. Most towns have an a market place, often outdoors. Chorsu was the largest one that I saw and it was a marvellous place.
below: Bakers at work.
below: The bread is baked on the sides of a dome shaped oven.
below: The finished product. All the bread that I saw was circular like this.
below: Dried cheese