Fantastical Mountains and Forests with a Touch of Stalin for Reality

Posted by Pat on September 22, 2018 in Travel |

21 September 2018 We retrace our miles south down the Military Road through sheep herds; following deep gorges, waterfalls and lakes; through the magnificent scenery of the Greater Caucasus as its trees begin to show their fall colors. Today we learn about a more somber time of history. One should never forget history: the who, […]

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Up Georgia’s Military Road to Gudauri

Posted by Pat on September 20, 2018 in Travel |

19-20 September The Georgian Military Highway wears an ominous name but, presently, is a scenic route that has linked Europe and Asia for centuries: seventy-five miles of twists and turns, sparkling lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks, passes and stomach churning edges. I am expertly driven north along the historic Georgian Military Road which weaves from Tbilisi […]

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Tbilisi Georgia – Stories of Monks and Massacres

Posted by Pat on September 19, 2018 in Travel |

17-18 September 2018 I weave eighty miles of up and down and up, endless around and around on sad roads within these Greater Caucasus. Our Georgian driver speeds us around pot holes, cows and the occasional slow driver. We cross over the Gombori Pass, our final peak at an altitude of just 5,315 feet, but the […]

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Georgia – A Day of Wine and Song

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2018 in Travel |

16 September 2018 Sorry, but entering the country of Georgia, I have Ray Charles singing in my head. I’ve had worse jingles haunting my memories (like when I visited Bologna Italy and every time I think of Disneyland). I am told this part of Georgia is synonymous with wine. My kind of place!  The route […]

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Sheki – Republic of Azerbaijan

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2018 in Travel |

14-15 September 2018 Today is what busy travelers call a day of rest. We board a bus, greet our driver, strap into our seats, and just go along for the ride. These are days I love because I can relax, gaze at the countryside, observe village life, and see what Azerbaijan looks like outside its […]

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Baku – From Rock Art to Hell Fire

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2018 in Travel |

9-13  September 2018 The Absheron Peninsula has long been a coveted location. Jutting into the Caspian Sea, one flies into Heydar International over the largest inland sea on Earth. Its shores were home to not only early civilization, but the long dead organisms, fossils and marine life that produced immense deposits of fossil fuel. Azerbaijan: […]

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Baku Azerbaijan “The Windy City”

Posted by Pat on September 17, 2018 in Travel |

9-13 September 2018 The ‘Mad Hatter’ drives us from the Heydar Aliyev International Airport using wide avenues of multiple lanes, flashing his headlights to move others from our path. Government official or royal family? Actually, a Baku Grand Prix hopeful. The Baku City Circuit, a motor racing circuit constructed along these boulevards, is the second-longest […]

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