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Silent Sunday: Flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia

Bright flower pots for sale in Tbilisi, Georgia

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Mtskheta, UNESCO in Georgia

As in Armenia and the rest of the Caucasus, the world heritage sites in Georgia are churches and monasteries, all about religious history and architecture. On my final day in Tbilisi, I hopped on a marshrutka for the half-hour trip to Mtskheta. This town has been continuously inhabited for more than 3000 years and was the […]

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Geghard Monastery: carved from the mountain

Remember I wrote about the ruins of Zvartnots Cathedral with the spectacular view of Mount Ararat? And a bit later, the monasteries at Haghpat and Sanahin? Armenia’s third world heritage site is Geghard Monastery with its scenic surrounding canyon, the Upper Azat Valley. As you may have noticed, all three of Armenia’s sites are churches, […]

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Yerevan – a photo essay

It’s been quite a while since we’ve had a segment in our Magic of Cities series. Well, wait no more. Enjoy these Yerevan photos. I utterly enjoyed this curious city in the Caucasus and it quickly climbed up the list of my favourite cities in the world. Yerevan is all about colour, water, music, life… […]

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Tbilisi to Yerevan

Today’s post is about bread and circuses – or, at least, bread and religion – which perhaps isn’t that different. While I pondered whether to travel from Tbilisi to Yerevan via train or marshrutka (minibusses with threadbare tyres found all over the Caucasus), I stumbled over a brochure from Envoy, an Armenian tour company. Among […]

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Tbilisi in 9 Instagrams

Ever heard of Tbilisi? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. It has been a while since I’ve written about – or indeed visited – any of Europe’s lesser-known capital cities, (you may remember Skopje, Pristina, Chisinau – or perhaps Kiev?) For a long time, I’ve been curious about the Caucasian countries, Europe’s final frontier, as […]

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World at a Glance: Mount Ararat and Zvartnots Cathedral

As I write this, I’ve just left Armenia, a country that has been on my wish list for a while. I’ve lots to share from this fascinating part of the world, but for now a quick glance at Zvartnots Cathedral. On my visit, these 7th century ruins happen to be the setting for a wedding […]

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