Alfred de Montesquiou began his journey in Venice, just like Marco Polo, the most famous voyager to have plied this ancient route.
At the edge of the European continent, Alfred de Montesquiou enters Turkish territory through the city of Edirne.
At the heart of the Anatolian plateau, Alfred de Montesquiou visits the first of the caravanserais which dot his journey, as they once dotted the ancient trade routes. The caravanserai at Aksaray is a perfect ...> more
Alfred de Montesquiou discovers Iran from the north and the city that was once the nerve center of the entire Silk Road in Persia: Tabriz. He heads into the bazaar, said to be the finest in the country, to wander through its 36...> more
Alfred learns that Iran has a special Silk Road Secretariat. Its representative in the northern city of Qazvin, Hooman Babapoor, explains the government’s wish to develop links between other countries along the route...> more
In the oasis of Kashan, in central Iran, Alfred marvels at the famous pleasure gardens of Fin.
Alfred arrives in Uzbekistan, halfway along the ancient Silk Road.
Some used to say Samarkand, in central Uzbekistan, was the centre of the world. Alfred follows the ancient "Royal Road" to the city associated with the great Turco-Mongol warrior Timur, who was famed for his refinemen...> more