Day out Tbilisi: Ananuri Castle and Kazbegi Mountains

Along the Georgian Military Highway If you're following this blog - and reading this, chances are you're interested in the world's slightly more obscure places. You might for example have visited Georgia, or perhaps you're considering it for your next Euro/Asian jaunt. (Is the Caucasus [...]

2020-08-27T12:36:38+01:009 May 2018|Daytrip, Georgia|

Tatev Monastery: flying up the mountain (Day out Yerevan)

You’ve heard about Yerevan, about the road to get there, about Soviet Armenia, about some of the many monasteries here in the world’s first Christian country. Now let me take you to one that balances on the brink of a canyon. To get there, we’ll [...]

2020-08-27T12:39:22+01:0030 April 2018|Armenia, Daytrip|

Soviet Yerevan: time travelling in Armenia

As I’m finalising this post, Yerevan has become a happening place. The prime minister just resigned a few hours ago, after several days of protests. According to my blogger friend Megan, who is there just now, the whole city is a party. The police, military, and [...]

2018-12-12T11:43:27+00:0023 April 2018|Armenia, No more, Quirky corners|

Gori: birthplace of the world’s most infamous dictator (Day out Tbilisi)

Looks innocent enough, doesn't he, young Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili? What could this rather dashing 20-something possibly have on his conscience? At the time of this portrait, probably not much else than the odd bank robbery. Give him a few years, however... Earlier, I mentioned visiting the [...]

2020-08-27T12:37:04+01:0017 April 2018|Daytrip, Georgia|

11 things you’ll love about Baku

My initial impression of the Azerbaijani capital is that of a giant modernisation project, one where the old and the hyper contemporary vie for attention. The city actually feels a bit... undecided. Baku is a crossroads in every sense: between Europe and Asia, between conventional [...]

Gobustan: rock art and mud volcanoes (Day out Baku)

Rock carvings; we've spoken about that frequently here on Sophie's World - in the Caribbean, and around in Scandinavia: in the Arctic, in the very south of Norway, and just across the border in Sweden. In fact, there are rock carvings in my home town; the [...]

The Four Seasons in Baku: Graceful and luxurious

I arrive at the Four Seasons Baku on a scorching day in early July. It is so hot, entering the Beaux-Arts lobby is a relief in itself. Not only is it deliciously cool. It’s also beautiful, with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and a sweeping, grandiose [...]

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