Day 3: Fayoz-Tepe

While Kara-Tepe may be the more exciting Buddhist monastical complex, located well within the sensitive border zone, requiring advance permission, nice view of Afghanistan, and shrapnel mixed in among the ancient pot shards, Fayoz-Tepe is decidedly the more monumental of the two.  They're even within sight of each other, and date from the same period, … Continue reading Day 3: Fayoz-Tepe

Day 5: Kara-Tepe

The most extensive Buddhist monastical complex yet discovered in Uzbekistan, the Kara-Tepe archeological site is spread over three sections and dates from the second century AD when territory united under the Kushan Empire enabled Buddhism to spread from India northwards along the silk road.  The three sections represent three distinct architectural periods, with the uppermost … Continue reading Day 5: Kara-Tepe

Day 27: Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi

Don't trust the GPS I love Garmin. She helps us when we travel to unfamiliar areas all over Europe. We keep her maps up to date with a lifetime subscription, and we made sure the very latest were downloaded just prior to this trip. However, Garmin can not be trusted. Garmin likes goat-trails, because they … Continue reading Day 27: Sant’Agata sui Due Golfi