TASHKENT and some other bits.

THE UZBEK CAPITAL isn’t a bad place at all. Pleasant parks, Russian palaces and theatres, colourful, bustling bazaars.
The Soviets bequathed their usual elegant and efficient subway system, and some outstanding Islamic history is here, too.
Unfortunately for Tashkent, it will never out do Samarkand, Khiva or Bukhara, perhaps the three greatest silk road era cities. Where could?
(I’ve tacked on a few pics from opposite ends of the country as well.)