Mary to Ashgabat


We began our day with drive around the city viewing the sights and then a visit to the museum which had relics from Gonur and Merv. Gonur is a site north of Merv and these relics dating 5 and 6 millenniums BC. Quite a collection in the museum. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see Merv or Goner ruins. However the piece that impressed me the most was  a large copper bowl that was dented but dated 5 millenniums BC.  Wow!IMG_3234IMG_3235IMG_3273

We drove towards Ashgabat. Stopped at tea house for tea and break and again the landscape was arid.

In the afternoon we stopped at some more ruins which had been in use over the years as a place to stop on the silk road.IMG_3294

Arrived in the marble city late afternoon.

The next day we had a non travelling day so we toured the city of white marble. There were many monuments lavishly built with landscaped gardens in their early stages.

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I walked to the Russian market which was interesting. Dinner at local restaurant.IMG_3428IMG_3425

Last alcohol for a while as we are crossing into Iran tomorrow.

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