Tag Archives: Caucasus

The world from above. Steppe, mountains and the Caspian sea.

Looking at out planet from above is a profound experience. Michael Collins, Apollo 11’s resident philosopher, famously said that looking at Earth from a great distance was the strongest memory of his epic voyage, going on to add that Earth was … Continue reading

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An amalgamation of pleasant experiences.

The Caucasus is one of the handsomest places I’ve been to. Everything coagulated in an extremely pleasant amalgamation in mind, something I’m eager to share. There isn’t the tiniest bit of logic in this collage of photos; call, if you may, … Continue reading

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Potholes, bribes and a Foreign Office advice. Riding the marshutka to Yerevan.

It is said that Paul of Tarsus, whilst riding from Jerusalem to Damascus, was blinded by an intense light, spoke with a divine entity and, there and then, found his faith and converted to Christianity. Now, I haven’t been blinded … Continue reading

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Notes from the fringes of the Empire: Yerevan.

Yerevan lies in a bowl shaped like the tongue of a cat, delimited on one side by the Hrazdan gorge, and on the others by steep hills, on which stand strange perches and other abstruse relics of the Soviet past. … Continue reading

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Russian cars

As a kid I used to love those old cop films, shot in Italy or Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, where cops with the mandatory mustache, brown shirts and bell-bottomed trousers fought crime and terrorism (or both at the same … Continue reading

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Tbilisi people watching

The main objective of my visit to Tbilisi was the architecture of the city’s centre. However, what about its people? I was fresh from a rather disappointing stint in Oman, where I succeeded in being ignored, shooed off or be treated … Continue reading

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