'Karambek' in Samarkand where we ate plov for the first time. If vodka is the national drink of Uzbekistan, then plov is the national dish. It's like a pilau consisting of rice with vegetables, usually carrots, with chunks of meat on top.
The holy spring at the tomb of Daniel.
A horse hair symbol at the top of a pole indicating the location of a shrine. We saw these a lot during our trip.
On the train from Samarkand to Bukhara.
No climbing in or out the train window!
Young breadsellers waiting for the next train at Samarkand station.
Samarkand - waiting for the train.
Waleed contemplates the architectural merits of Samarkand railway station..or maybe he was asleep.
Local women preparing to sell their bread to train passengers at Samarkand
Bread sellers at Samarkand station. The bread is called 'non'.
At the bazaar, bread for sale.
Local woman in the Samarkand bazaar.
Checking the produce in the bazaar in Samarkand.
Shiniest basins ever, complete with engraved tops.
You want a bucket?
The metal bazaar, anything you want or want made in metal, you can get it here.
Local ladies queueing to collect pots of the holy water from the spring at Daniel's tomb. The headscarf indicates that the wearer is married. Though Muslim, the majority of Uzbeki women do not wear the hijab.
Just something arty from the river outside Daniel's tomb. There is a spring that is holy to the local people.
Cathy admiring the green velvet cloth that covers the tomb of Daniel. Legend has it that Tamerlane brought the body of Daniel (the one in the lions' den) back from Susa in Iran and interred it in Samarkand. The tomb in Samarkand is 18m long as, legend also has it, Daniel's body continues to grow at half an inch a year.
The Afrosiab archaeological site, uncovering the remains of ancient 'Marakand'. In th distance the domes of Tamerlane's Samarkand.
Local life in Afrosiab.
Inside Hijar Hizar mosque.
The domes at Hijar Hizar mosque.
Hijar Hizar mosque