Tashkent has many shady tree-lined streets and parks. And canals! Who knew? The city is immaculately clean and the wide Soviet era boulevards are seldom busy. In the mid 70s construction of a subway system was begun that now features three different lines and two dozen or so stations that are artfully decorated with Uzbek and Soviet themes. (No pictures allowed, however.) Our hotel is the 17 story Soviet-era Hotel Uzbekistan, once the 1970s posh spot that could now use a face lift. It's probably the largest hotel in town catering to tourists... there are quite a few French and German groups.