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 [...]

2018-05-12T11:06:12+00:009 May 2018|Daytrip, Georgia|

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

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 [...]

2018-05-07T22:05:47+00:0017 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

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 [...]

2018-04-06T21:27:25+00:001 April 2018|Azerbaijan, UNESCO World Heritage|

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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