The Road to Oxiana
Registered by conto of Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on 12/6/2014
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Journal Entry 1 by conto from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Saturday, December 06, 2014
In 1933, the delightfully eccentric Robert Byron set out on a journey through the Middle East via Beirut, Jerusalem, Baghdad and Teheran to Oxiana - the country of the Oxus, the ancient name for the river Amu Darya which formed part of the border between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union. While his arrival at his destination, the legendary tower of Qabus, is a wonder, the journey itself is a captivating, quirky record of his adventures and a rare account of the architectural treasures of a region now inaccessible to most Western travellers.
Read it in the last months of 2014, before a trip to Iran.