The Caucasus – Hits and Misses

Posted by Pat on October 6, 2018 in Travel |

September 2018 Of all the 84 countries I have traveled in the past 46 years, I have to admit to knowing the least about the countries of the Caucasus – Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Armenia. Little is written about this area beyond snippets of information, a few news flashes, and, if you know an Armenian, possibly […]

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Strong Women of Georgia

Posted by Pat on September 24, 2018 in Travel |

22-23 September 2018 The Queen Who Would Be King Morning departure from Akhaltsikhe finds us venturing further southwest into the region of Samtshke-Javakheti, named for two of the original Georgian tribes, the Meskh and Javakhs. This region is often seen as the cradle of Georgian culture. The distance is short, just 38 miles, but as […]

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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 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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