Khast Imam Complex – Tashkent

It's hard to find "old" Tashkent, but seeking it out is certainly worth the effort. 50 years ago, an earthquake damaged the city, and opportunistic Soviet planners used the seismic event (described in various magnitudes depending on the source) as an excuse to bulldoze the old town and build a social modernist utopia. Today, wide avenues and … Continue reading Khast Imam Complex – Tashkent

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Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장)

Some may call it an aquarium of death, others a seafood lover's paradise. Whatever your inclination, a visit to Seoul's Noryangjin Fisheries Wholesale Market is a one of a kind experience you won't soon forget. PashbyMaul Adventures was in Seoul for a conference last November, and with precious little free time explore the city, we had … Continue reading Noryangjin Fish Market (노량진수산시장)

PashbyMaul Adventures – Update

It's been six months since our last post. An epic failure on our part to keep our followers updated on life in Uzbekistan. This time last year, we were nearing the end of our "Last 100 Days in Italy" series, as we prepared to continue the great PashbyMaul adventure in Central Asia. Here's what you've missed: … Continue reading PashbyMaul Adventures – Update

Legend of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque

For a bit of a romantic twist in the history of Samarkand, we visited the massive 14th century Bibi-Khanym Mosque. The monument is best known today for an illicit affair that supposedly took place between Timur's Queen, and the mosque's architect. Legend says that while Timur was away during his military campaign to India, his favorite wife, Queen Saray Mulk Khanum, ordered … Continue reading Legend of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque

Samarkand Photo Essay – The Registan

Our photo tour of Samarkand continues with a visit to the iconic Registan. As the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, the Registan was once the center of all activity in the city. As caravans met from all corners of the known world via the Silk Road, the square was a bustling center of … Continue reading Samarkand Photo Essay – The Registan

Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum

PashbyMaul Adventures just returned from a much needed and very restorative autumn break to the Silk Roads midpoint capital city of Samarkand. We were blessed with amazing conditions - perfect temperatures, blue skies, clear air - conditions that only enhanced the photogenicity of Samarkand's many spectacular monuments. In the ancient city of Kesh, just 100km to the … Continue reading Samarkand Photo Essay – Gur-Emir Mausoleum

Samarkand – Hovrenko Wine Factory

  If the bus loads of silver-haired European tourists are any indication, we feel very fortunate to be here in Samarkand well before our 65th birthday. Never a fan of the massive group tour, there's something inherently unauthentic about being driven around in an air-conditioned luxury motor coach. Sailing by in blissful comfort high above … Continue reading Samarkand – Hovrenko Wine Factory