Uzbekistan has some of the most important cities of the Silk Road – particularly Samarkand and Bokhara.
Many of the historic buildings have been restored ( some perhaps over-restored ) so the richness of their history is on display. At their best they are magnificent.
Markets People and Food
The city markets of Uzbekistan are full of a wide range of fresh produce.
Food seems plentiful, the stallholders friendly and welcoming ( many in traditional dress ).
There are mountains of pickled, shredded vegetables, dried fruits and nuts and of course the many fresh herbs, that play such an important part in their cuisine.
Their bread, Non, looks so decorative, is delicious and addictive
The most important traditional dish seems to be Plov , made in large iron pans with huge quantities of rice , shredded yellow carrots , onions and lamb. No wedding is complete without it’s main dish of plov.
Carpet making has historically been one of the great skills of Samarkand . You can still find carpets hand-made to traditional designs using colours from vegetable dyes, all as it was done hundreds of years ago.