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Best of 2012: Travel highlights of the year in photos

Best of 2012: Travel highlights of the year in photos

Jan 2, 13 • Azerbaijan, Georgia, Holland, Iran, Myanmar / Burma, Romania, Thailand, Travel experiences, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan2 Comments »
Year 2012 was very successful in terms of traveling and full of thrilling impressions and amazing discoveries. In 2012 I started my long term trip and spent exactly half of the year (July-December) traveling full time. First part of the year I...
Sighnaghi  - the golden grape of Kacheti, wine region of Georgia

Sighnaghi – the golden grape of Kacheti, wine region of Georgia

Oct 7, 12 • Georgia1 Comment »
Wine is constant proof that God loves us & loves to see us happy. Benjamin Franklin There was no question where we should go to drink wine – Kacheti, the wine basket of Georgia. Moreover September is the harvest season when grapes are...
Georgia: Transport - How to

Georgia: Transport – How to

Sep 15, 12 • GeorgiaNo Comments »
The main means of transport in Georgia so far is so called marshrutka, a minibus. They are usually old and shattered. Drivers are grim and swearing. We took these minibuses all everywhere in Georgia: along the black coast, then to Kutaisi, survived...
Why I have mixed feelings about Georgia?

Why I have mixed feelings about Georgia?

Sep 14, 12 • Georgia1 Comment »
Georgia is famous for its rich history, beautiful landscapes, great food & wine, and of course, extremely hospitable people. I remembered hospitality and Georgian food since my childhood when we used to come and visit my grandma who used to live...
Borjomi: Mineral water & The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Borjomi: Mineral water & The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park

Sep 13, 12 • Georgia1 Comment »
Borjomi is a small resort town in south-central Georgia very often overlooked by visitors to Georgia. Alternatively people spend only one night here. Just few come here to explore the town and the Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park. Borjomi is very...
 How swastika from ancient Georgia taught me something about Ukraine

How swastika from ancient Georgia taught me something about Ukraine

Sep 12, 12 • Georgia4 Comments »
Swastika is an equilateral cross with four arms bent at right angles. This sigh is usually associated with World War 2 and the Nazi regime in Germany. At least in Europe and the North America. I knew that this sign is widely used in India and...
Amazing golden jewelry from Colchis kingdom, Tbilisi, Georgia

Amazing golden jewelry from Colchis kingdom, Tbilisi, Georgia

Sep 12, 12 • Georgia1 Comment »
On a rainy day in Tbilisi, we decided to visit the National Museum. Usually I kind of get bored in museums, however this one has caught my attention, as it was hosting an impressive collection of golden jewelries from the ancient kingdom of Colchis...
Hike to Kazbegi, Georgia

Hike to Kazbegi, Georgia

Sep 10, 12 • Georgia8 Comments »
After hiking in Svaneti we could not leave Georgia without going to Kazbegi. To be in Georgia and not visit Kazbegi is like visiting Prague and not seeing the Charles bridge. Besides the Georgia Military Highway which leads to Kazbegi and the...
Disappeared lamb shashlyk - Mystery uncovered

Disappeared lamb shashlyk – Mystery uncovered

Sep 7, 12 • Georgia5 Comments »
Shashlyk is a form of Shish kebab popular throughout the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Pakistan, Iran, Mongolia, and Israel among other places. Shashlyk (meaning skewered meat) was originally made of lamb (in some extent pork or beef)....
Unusual cemeteries of Georgia

Unusual cemeteries of Georgia

Sep 6, 12 • Georgia2 Comments »
For some people cemeiteries are sad places. For people from a Romanian village Săpânţa the cemetery is a happy place.  Traditionally in many countries pictures of deceased people are placed on tomb stones. In some – only a face or a bust,...
Hike to Koruldi lakes & Mt. Ushba in Svaneti, Georgia

Hike to Koruldi lakes & Mt. Ushba in Svaneti, Georgia

Aug 28, 12 • Georgia9 Comments »
After one day of rest and some small walks on the outskirts of Mestia it was time for a a big one. Time to hike to Koruldi lakes at the foot of Ushba mountain. Everybody calls it the Cross hike because first you have to climb through woods up to the...
Hike to Chalaadi glacier, Svaneti, Georgia

Hike to Chalaadi glacier, Svaneti, Georgia

Aug 25, 12 • Georgia1 Comment »
After settling down and exploring a bit of Mestia the previous evening we decided to wake up early and hike to Chalaadi glacier, the closest one to the village. With a map of hiking trails from the information office we made our way through the...
The towers of Svaneti, Georgia

The towers of Svaneti, Georgia

Aug 24, 12 • GeorgiaNo Comments »
After shaving fast through the Black coast we decided to go to the mountains of Svaneti. We chose Kutaisi as a base. Two days later and 6 hours of roller coaster ride from Kutaisi on a marshrutka(minibus) we safely arrived to Mestia, Svaneti. The...
(Unexpected) Welcome to Georgia in Ukrainian

(Unexpected) Welcome to Georgia in Ukrainian

Aug 21, 12 • GeorgiaNo Comments »
We were leaving Ayder in Kaskar mountains in hope for some sun, beach and swimming, and because it was rainy, foggy and cold, and because Mara was a bit sick and totally in no condition to hike really-good-Scottish-summer style. No one expected...
Uzbek food - serious reason to visit Uzbekistan

Uzbek food – serious reason to visit Uzbekistan

Jun 28, 12 • Uzbekistan1 Comment »
If you ask me to give three reasons to visit Uzbekistan, i will definitely answer: 1) Hospitality, 2) Food and 3) Architecture. Or 1)Food, 2) Hospitality and 3) Architecture. Or 1) Architecture….but you get the point, food is always one of...
Novruz Bayrami - celebration of New Year in Azerbaijan

Novruz Bayrami – celebration of New Year in Azerbaijan

Apr 17, 12 • Azerbaijan, Central Asia1 Comment »
When I was in Baku last month the capital of Azerbaijan was preparing for Novruz Bayrami. I had never heard of this holidays before. First my attention was attracted by decorations made of wheat sprouts. They are called semeni and an essential part...
What is Tandyr or how traditional bread is baked in Baku

What is Tandyr or how traditional bread is baked in Baku

Mar 27, 12 • Azerbaijan, Central Asia6 Comments »
Tandyr is a an oven on ground or dug into ground, usually built of clay. In different countries it is called – tundur, tunur, tanur, turn, Tandr, tendir, tandoori, tandyr, etc. This type of ovens is widespread in Turkey, Azerbaijan,...
The tomb of Tamerlane / Timur - Gur Emir mausoleum in Samarkand

The tomb of Tamerlane / Timur – Gur Emir mausoleum in Samarkand

Dec 29, 11 • Central Asia, Samarkand, Uzbekistan2 Comments »
One of the main attractions of Samarkand is Gur Emir mausoleum. It is the mausoleum of the conqueror Timur (also known as Tamerlane) where his tomb is located.                The mausloleum is a part of Muhammad Sultan ensemble...
Samarkand - the capital of Tamerlane

Samarkand – the capital of Tamerlane

Dec 26, 11 • Central Asia, Samarkand, Uzbekistan4 Comments »
I have never really connected Smarkand with Uzbekistan. I knew it is there, but  when i think of Uzbekistan, i think about the Soviet Socialistic Republic of Uzbekistan. While thinking of Samarkand, which was the capital of Tamerlane Empire,...