Photographer's Note

When I visited the Khan's Palace (Lonely Planet: "set in a walled rose garden") the only flowers I found were these artificial water lilies floating in a (not working) fountain by the front door. The joy of visiting places out of season...

I must admit though that the palace (Xan Sarayi) is nevertheless very beautiful (see WS). But here is the ultimate reason (I promised Gert I would reveal) why I didn't fall in love with Sheki: you can only visit the interior accompanied by a local guide AND the first thing you see as you enter is... a "no photography" sign. There may be a practical reason for that but I felt extremely disappointed having read in my Lonely Planet (well, published 6 years earlier) that photography is allowed once a special "photography ticket" has been obtained for the equivalent of 3 USD.

Before arrival, based on what I had read about Sheki, I was planning to stay for at least two nights but I could only get a room for one night in the Caravanserai (see my previous post) and it turned out to be a "lucky lack of luck". Next morning, feeling a bit down, I left for Lahic in the mountains, which turned out to be the highlight of my trip. But that's a story for the next few uploads...

In WS: the amazing facade of the Khan's Palace and the only interior photo I managed to "steal" - I went back in and took a snap of the back door from the inside while both local guides were busy showing people around the front of the building.

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