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Photos: Armenia

ARMENIA | Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Armenian Churches

ARMENIA | Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | Views [227]

ARMENIA IS THE OLDEST CHRISTIAN NATION in the world, having adopted Christianity in 301 AD.  But its Biblical heritage goes back much farther.  One story has Noah floating somewhere near current day Yerevan when he spotted Mt. Ararat poking ... Read more >


One Down, One To Go

UKRAINE | Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | Views [277]

THE CLERKS STUDIOUSLY IGNORED ME while Connie waited in the taxi.  "Bye-em-bye" Vladimir sauntered up and passed our visa’d passports through the window, nary a word spoken except my half-whispered “Dosvedanya.”  Good-bye.... Read more >


Visa Quest

UKRAINE | Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | Views [222]

HAVE YOU NOTICED THAT THE LESS DESIRABLE the destination, the more difficult the visa process?  This is especially true of the former Soviet Republics — letters of introduction, detailed itineraries, hotel reservations, financial data —... Read more >


Tbilisi: Old Town, New Town

GEORGIA | Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | Views [218]

THE NIRIKALA FORTRESS, SO SCENIC FROM BELOW, in reality is just some crumbling walls high above the town.  But it affords the best view of Tbilisi — the Old Town and Peace Bridge, the hammam and Mother Georgia.  The cable car ride up ... Read more >


Mtskheta

GEORGIA | Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | Views [140]

MTSKHETA WOULD HAVE COME AS A SURPRISE to westbound travelers on the Silk Road, a Christian outpost in the Muslim world.  Its strategic location at the intersection of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers attracted the likes of Alexander the Great and ... Read more >


Georgia On My Mind

GEORGIA | Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | Views [230]

THE WAITING OFFICIAL AND THE BIG RED STICKER on Connie’s bag explained why it was the last one off the carousel.  A scan had exposed her stash of over-the-counter ibuprofen and multi-vitamins so customs officials had to go through her luggage ... Read more >


Photos: Georgia

GEORGIA | Monday, 20 Jul 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Gobustan Archeological Park

AZERBAIJAN | Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | Views [430]

THERE IS ART ALMOST ANYWHERE YOU TURN in Baku.  Street sculptures, beautiful carpets, hidden statues, and Jayran, the art-deco antelope, Baku’s most recent symbol.         Baku street art But art is nothing ... Read more >


Baku

AZERBAIJAN | Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | Views [259]

THE BRISTOL HOTEL BAKU IS A BIT SHABBIER than its neighborhood might suggest.  Our room in the 150 year-old building is cramped and dated but on second glance has everything we need — a fridge, electric kettle, BBC and CNN and a good ... Read more >


Photos: Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN | Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | Photo Gallery


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Turkey Wrap

TURKEY | Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | Views [219]

THE RESULTS OF OUR EXPERIMENT — is it better to visit Turkey in summer or winter? — are inconclusive.  Except for the invasion of cruise ship passengers at Ephesus, we managed to evade most of the crowds.  But we also skipped some ... Read more >


Remembering Ephesus

TURKEY | Saturday, 11 Jul 2015 | Views [381]

EPHESUS IS FAMOUS FROM BIBLICAL TIMES.  Paul preached the gospel here and John wrote his contribution to the New Testament in Ephesus. After Jesus’ crucifixion., Mary moved here with John and many — heretics no doubt — theorize ... Read more >


The Bodrum Peninsula

TURKEY | Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | Views [214]

BODRUM WAS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES in 2007, a quiet respite on the Adriatic coast.  If only we had known!     Sugar-cube houses My journal entry from that trip (hand-written, of course) said, Bodrum is about as picturesque ... Read more >


Aphrodisias and Pamukkale

TURKEY | Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | Views [257]

WE LEFT THE MEDITERRANEAN BEHIND YESTERDAY.  The road is long, with many a winding turn, through time-warped mountain villages where tractors have yet to replace donkeys.  We were headed for Pamukkale with a major detour to Aphrodisias, not ... Read more >


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