September 22, 2011 |
The Silk Road conjures exotic goods -- ivory, wine, spices and gold -- transported along a network of trade routes between Asia and Europe. Mir Corp. hosts a 20-day trip along one route, from Tashkent in Uzbekistan to Tehran, where hand-made carpets are still sold along the way. "Once Forbidden Lands of Central Asia & Iran" starts in the Uzbeki capital of Tashkent, continues on to Turkmenistan's capital city of Ashgabat and visits Tehran, Persepolis and Isfahan as well as other parts of Iran.
February 12, 2011
After seven years in the California governor's mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting. Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he's ready to start considering film roles again. The former governor tweeted Thursday night: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously. Gave them the green light today. " Schwarzenegger's personal aide, Daniel Ketchell, confirmed the tweet Friday. Before leading the state from 2003 to 2010, the former bodybuilder was the star of such films as "The Terminator," "True Lies," "Kindergarten Cop" and "Twins.
November 29, 2010 |
Rev up the engine and hit the road with “ Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips,” a new coffee-table book from National Geographic ($40, hardcover) that explores highways and byways around the globe. Some of the trips are long-distance odysseys on the far side of the planet, such as the Silk Road across the vastness of central Asia. Many are easy drives for Californians , such as the Gold Rush trail along the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada, and California Highway 1 along the rugged coastline of the Big Sur region.
November 17, 2010 |
At the Sunday market in Kashgar, it isn't a wild stretch to imagine commerce as it might have been in the 13th century when Marco Polo passed through this Silk Road oasis: Smooth-faced boys wrangle with horses, sheep and camels. Mounds of melons and grapes are stacked on the bare wooden planks of mule-drawn carts. A wizened man wearing a skullcap sharpens knives on a lathe operated by foot pedals. But modernity is catching up with a vengeance, as the Chinese government yanks the nation's westernmost city, despite the misgivings of many residents, into the 21st century.
May 2, 2010 |
HIKING Workshop Follow @renelynch firstname.lastname@example.org Six-hour field class offers beginners tips on using maps and compasses. When, where: 9 a.m. Sunday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission, info: $60 members, $80 for non-members. (310) 458-4370, http://www.rei.com/class/162/market/162 SILK ROAD Presentation Yue Chi will show photos and discuss "Drive the Silk Road: From Istanbul to Beijing.
April 4, 2010 |
UZBEKISTAN AND TURKMENISTAN 'Cities of the Silk Road' A key highlight of Wild Frontiers' 16-day "Cities of the Silk Road" itinerary is seeing Darvaza, fondly called Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell," a 280-foot-wide crater that's been ablaze since 1971, when geologists ignited its natural gases. Besides that fiery spectacle, there's plenty else to take in between these two rarely visited Central Asia nations, with their many archaeological sites, culture and history aplenty, the world's largest carpet, the Oxus River, the moonscape of the Karakum Desert and Ashgabat's impressive architecture.
March 28, 2010
'Secrets of the Silk Road' Where: 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays. Through July 25. Price: $16 to $20 Contact: (714) 567-3600; www.bowers.org
March 28, 2010 |
The Taklimakan Desert in northern China is one of the largest in the world -- vast and inhospitable, and its howling winds were once thought the cries of ghosts and demons. Yet since ancient times, travelers have braved its edges, some engaging in the East-West trade that eventually earned the routes a fabled name, the Silk Road. This weekend, the Bowers Museum opens an exhibition featuring about 150 artifacts from the area, "Secrets of the Silk Road: Mystery Mummies of China" (through July 25)
March 25, 2010
On display for the first time outside of Asia, Secrets of the Silk Road features more than 150 objects, including mummies and other archaeological items found buried in the parched sands of the Tarim Basin in the far Western Xinjiang Uygur region of China. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Through July 25. Weekends adult $20, children $18; weekdays adult $18, children $16. (714) 567-3600. www.bowers.org.
September 29, 2008 |
Last year was the octocentenary of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi, whose nondenominational messages of tolerance and spiritual love resonate among newly enlightened folk in the West. This year is the 10th anniversary of ever-curious cellist Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, whose musical highway from China to the Mediterranean runs right through Persia (now Iran).