Samarkand Day Two

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On our second day in Samarkand another amazing breakfast at the Antica, then an easy taxi ride to Khazret Khyzr Mosque which on a hillside overlooking the Bibi Khanum Mosque, Siab Bazaar and gives a vista over a portion of the city. Then a walk through part of the modern day cemetery, which strangely have some granite gravestones carved with the faces of the deceased.

We walk further and arrive at Shah-i-Zindah, an extraordinary assemblage of 14th- and 15th-century Timurid tombs. Simply amazing, and to my eye the best work in both scale and detail we have seen so far.

Then a walk over to the Siab Bazaar, with a stop for tea and a very light first course taste of salad. We end the day at the Bibi Khanum Mosque, then grab another taxi back to the hotel to meet up with Aziza, the hotel proprietor, who is also a Suzani dealer and collector. She takes us into a room used for private parties at the hotel that also stores her collection and takes one magnificent Suzani after another out of its cabinet to show us. Wow – what beautiful work. Some classic pieces of excellent quality and others made by more rural peoples that are less sophisticated and polished, but also great.

Then dinner and bed.

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