I visited Central Asia in 2011 and had a two-day stay in the historic city of Khiva, Uzbekistan. Khiva has a long history as a side branch of the Silk Road. Today it is a well preserved city full of wonderful mosques, tombs, palaces, alleys and medressas. Every stop on my walk through the walled city brought unexpected delights. Here I was treated to a colorful display of handmade puppets, cleverly staged for sale on the brick steps of a palace courtyard.
I visited Khiva, Uzbekistan this Fall as part of a five country trip through Central Asia. While visiting the well preserved city of Khiva, I stopped at the popular food market. I got used to expecting the unexpected, but even so, I was surprised to see these delicious looking cakes displayed in an old Pall Mall cigarette box at the market. An odd pairing, but an entertaining find.