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 [...]
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 [...]
As I write this, I’ve just left Armenia, a country that has been on my wish list for quite some time. 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 [...]
Caucasus! The name evokes a sense of complexity, mystery, a bit of tension, danger even… And where is it, exactly? In Europe? Asia? Somewhere in between? Tomorrow I’m delving into a new region of the world. New to me, that is. It’s a region I’ve been drawn to for quite some time, so I’m very [...]
Wandering about in tiny San Marino, the world’s oldest republic, I stumbled upon this boy with the troubled face – a monument to victims of the school siege in Beslan in 2004.