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May 3, 2016 - In Ashgabat

Tuesday 3 May 2016 In Ashgabat Today is our last day in Ashgabat before we leave Turkmenistan to fly to Baku in Azerbaijan. We woke up pretty late and had a leisurely breakfast then went back to the room, packed up our bags, had a bath, then checked out. After leaving our bags at reception, we headed out to the market – Lynn’s watch battery had died and David needed a new watch band. We soon achieved these small tasks then bought a couple meat filled pastry things (same as yesterday) – delicious again. We then set out to walk around and...

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Apr 26, 2016 - In Ashgabat

Tuesday 26th April 2016 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Had breakfast in the hotel this morning and met at 9:00am for our visit to the Nisa Fortress UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 16km from the city. The weather today is fine and warm. The Nisa Fortress was built in 323BC after Alexander the Great’s death. It was part of the Seleucid Empire and the Parthian Kings who lived here ruled over this area for the best part of 600 years. The Kings brought the Hellenistic culture to this area and conquered Iraq, Syria, Palestine and the Caucasus as well...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Istanbul, Turkey to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Monday 25th April 2016 Istanbul, Turkey to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan After waiting in Istanbul Airport for about 8 hours, we left for Ashgabat in the middle of a wild thunderstorm. The Turkish Airlines flight was full and we were both pretty tired but ate dinner and napped too. We arrived in Ashgabat at about 2:30am and checked through immigration with visas (pretty extortionate at $US109 each), picked up our bags which had arrived correctly (amazing) although Lynn’s bag was very wet – must have sat uncovered during the Istanbul storm and...

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Jun 3, 2015 - Turkmenistan

OK, my apologies in advance. This is probably the sloppiest entry I will ever write, and I probably won’t have the heart to try to improve on it in the future. Two things initially shadowed our time in Turkmenistan, arriving as we did in the capital of Ashgabat. First and foremost, I was suffering some serious stomach pains and gut reactions which would mess up anyone’s travel plans. Second, Fran made the mistake of checking our bank account while in Iran, and because of the US sanctions, Schwab was forced to shut down our accounts until we...

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Nov 4, 2013 - Ashgabat

"Tolkuchka Bazaar - An archetypal Asian bazaar as Cecil B. de Mille would have created it." Sadly all that is left is the animal market and a row of rug sellers within a giant complex that could have been built for Walmart. The city itself appears new born since much of it was destroyed in a 1948 earthquake that took over 100,000 lives, a third of the population. It is a desert city reborn in marble and gold and black granite. It has to be seen to be believed. However, I have to say that it is much more tasteful than I had expected. And...

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Nov 26, 2012 - Turkmenistan

Meine zweite Reise nach Turkmenistan. Diesmal geht es nach Ashgabat, nach Mary und Turkmenabat. Ashgabat wie immer unglaublich abgefahren - die Stadt wächst und wäschst, überall die weißen Marmorbauten, neue Prunkbauten und Ministerien, ein Riesenrad, und alles nachts in bunten Farben beleuchtet. Die Stadt ist sauberer als sauber, nirgends liegt ein Blatt oder geschweige ein Papierchen. Im Gegensatz dazu Mary und Turkmenabat, zwei klassischen zentralasiatische Provinzstädte, wie man sie auch in Kasachstan oder Usbekistan finden kann. Als...

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Jun 24, 2012 - City of Marble

This morning I met the rest of the tour group. A fair mix of people but out of 18 or so I think only 2 were younger than me. Its a who's who of travellers. Think of a place and someone in the group has been there. I'm impressed with the age and fitness of many of the older members of the group. As it turns out the next few days will be tough, but today was a stroll in the markets. Our first group trip was to the Tolkuchka Bazaar. It recently moved locations as it was apparently too cramped. Now its this massive spread out place that is an...

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Jun 8, 2011 - Turkmenistan (Ashgabat) - Ben au Turkmenistan (Ashgabat)

Zum ersten Mal in Turkmenistan. Nach einigen Wochen Wartezeit habe ich endlich ein Visa bekommen. Ankunft auf dem Flughafen in Ashgabat. Mitten in der Wüste, mit mehr Springbrunnen als in Las Vegas, breiten Prachtstraßen, Ampelsäulen aus Edelstahl, überalll Prachtbauten aus weißem Marmor und die Statuen des letzten und aktuellen Präsidenten in Gold - das Geld aus dem Öl- und Gasgeschäft lässt grüßen. Die City ist so sauber, dass man fast überall vom Boden essen könnte. An fast jeder Ecke steht ein Polizist, fotografieren ist nicht so gern...

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Sep 29, 2009 - White White White

Hey I have finally made it to Ashgabat the end of the truck trip. I t was quite emotional yesterday when the truck left and I was waving good bye. Especially as I then had to get moving and make some different than planned travel arrangements for myself. Ashgabat is a very interesting city it is literally all white the previous president planned the city himself and it is really sprawling with wide roads lots of parks and beautiful buildings which get boring because there are so many of them. To get to the bank was a 5km trip to a...

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Oct 13, 2008 - Ashghabat

10/13/08 Monday Ashghabat We commenced our city tour with our local guide Eliah. Martin, our Czech tour manager, somehow managed to offend someone in the Turkmen government and has been unable to secure a Turkmenistan visa for the past four years. He is unclear as to the nature of his offense and the government, being the totalitarian outfit that they are, feel no need to disclose their reasons to him. He will rejoin us tomorrow when we arrive in Uzbekistan. It took a while for the pieces to fall into place but I finally realized that Eliah...

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Oct 12, 2008 - Baku/Ashghbat

10/12/08 Sunday – Baku/Ashgabat After a late morning checkout from our hotel, we had 12 hours to kill before our evening flight to Turkmenistan. It turned out to be a rewarding 12 hours. We drove northeast of Baku on the Abseron Peninsula to Suraxani, site of the Atesgeh Fire Temple. For centuries it was a sacred Zoroastrian site where an underground vent of natural gas provided an “eternal” flame, particularly appropriate for fire worshipping Zoroastrians. By the 18th C. the grounds were occupied by Indian Shivas who indulged in a...

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Sep 9, 2008 - Ashghabat after tour of Merv

9-9 Pic #3976-86 & 3987-4000 Tour of Merv 5th century BC – Razik canal, is largest city site undisturbed in C. Asia. Sites…Mausoleum Sultan Sanjar, one of the ‘Alexandrias’, Merv from 5th cent BC to 2nd AD rivaled Damascus, Bagdad, & Cairo as trading ctr. Known for its libraries and splendid & legendary architecture. Craftsmen developed highly prized Damascus steel here centuries before products came from European foundries. CIS’s most extensive archaeological site. Zayd & Talkhatam Baba – sufi & dervish mausoleums. Four hour drive to...

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