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My Top Five in Mongolia

Have you bagged eight to ten days in Mongolia but curious as to how to fill them? Fear not. My list of must sees and do's in the landlocked nation (given in no particular order) will fill your itinerary to the metaphorical brim.

Desert… Or Mountains in Uzbekistan

One of the great things about this little known country is that you can be in the sultry deserts of Karakalpakstan one minute (a semi autonomous region in southern Uzbekistan - ever heard of it?!), and then the snow capped mountains bordering Kazakhstan the next. Uzbekistan is small and easy to get around with a good connection of domestic flight services and now a high speed 'Afrosiyab' train criss-crossing the country, reminiscent of something out of Japan with neatly uniformed staff serving three course meals and headsets.

Top Five Sights in Uzbekistan

By the end of a twelve day tour of Uzbekistan you might have had your fill of monuments beginning with 'M' - for there are so many Mosques, Mausoleums, Madrassah's, Museums and Markets its enough to make ones' head spin. And the problem is trying to remember them all as they have a habit of blurring into one magnificent shimmering turquoise dome. Many of the sites have been overly restored, but sometimes this isn't a bad thing… And I still don't tire of the sight of them. Here are a few standout favourites of mine -in no particular order:

Plov Recipe from Uzbekistan

This plov recipe was picked up by Simoon Travel's Amelia in Uzbekistan. Plov is the country's national dish, a hearty mix of rice, lamb and vegetables.

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