Uzbekistan’s Museum City

We spent the entire day and evening Saturday in the ancient walled city of Khiva, an important stop along the old Silk Road. Meandering  through Khiva is like visiting an incredibly beautiful open-air museum. The city celebrated its 2,500th birthday in 1997. The old streets and alleys were packed with people shopping, dining al fresco, and taking in the magnificent sites. The centuries-old structures have been carefully restored and/or maintained and it is not possible to pass by without stopping to appreciate the splendor of the craftsmanship. But the scene of so many people enjoying the beautiful day belies the often violent past of Khiva. After spending the day learning the history of the city, we returned to our hotel a few miles outside the city walls for a little down time late in the afternoon.

 

There were dozens of dance troupes in town for the dance festival and they loved stopping for pictures with members of our group.

 

At 7 pm, we again passed through the city gates and made our way to the home of a ruler from a century long ago. There, in the courtyard beside the chambers of the harem, we all almost gasped at the magnificent table set before us. Below you can take a look at the table and our dinner menu. After dinner, we were entertained by a group performing traditional Uzbek dancing. Since Saturday evening was the kick off night for the yearly Uzbek Dance Festival, the night sky was lit up by a fabulous fireworks display and the timing made it seem like the show was just for our party which made it especially fun.

 

As we retraced our steps back to the city gate, we were able to see the old city in the night lights. It was a magical way to end a magical evening.

9 Comments

  1. Dorothy Young on April 29, 2024 at 8:31 am

    What great photos! That area where you dined is stunning!

  2. Sarah Guida on April 29, 2024 at 3:20 pm

    Wow oh Wow! Kiva is beautiful! Love all the photos. Are there only 6 people on this tour?
    You had a dinner to remember forever!

    • Ruth Anne Lawson on April 29, 2024 at 10:03 pm

      Yes, our group consists of a couple from Wyoming, a man from Texas. A woman from New Jersey, and us. The company founder is with us and we have an Uzbek guide. Apparently, when the October terrorist attack happened, people canceled. Don’t know why. It’s much safer here than anywhere else I can think of. A terrorist attack in Paris or London or NYC is much more likely than in Tashkent.

  3. Gail Delaney on April 29, 2024 at 3:44 pm

    Magnificent!!

    • Ruth Anne Lawson on April 29, 2024 at 10:04 pm

      It was a beautiful evening!

  4. Melinda Young on April 29, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    Interesting and loved the pictures.

  5. Judy on April 29, 2024 at 6:04 pm

    This looked like more fun than the ant hill!😊

    • Ruth Anne Lawson on April 29, 2024 at 10:08 pm

      It was incredible! Let me know when you get back home.

  6. Pam Morgan on April 30, 2024 at 9:08 am

    It can’t get any more beautiful and fun!

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