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Armenia and Georgia
My next incursion into parts of the ex-Soviet Union involves 5 days in Armenia on my own, after which I join a group for 9 days in Georgia. In August 2013, I set off with my friend Brian to travel by rail from Vladivostok to Moscow over a three week period, stopping at a number of places along the way. In July 2012, I went with my sister, Glenda and her son, Skye to St Petersburg. Then Glenda and I followed in the footsteps of our grandparents, visiting the places they came from in Latvia and Lithuania before ending our trip in Tallinn in Estonia. The pictures and blog from those trips are also on this site.
My latest 5 diary entries

24th Aug 2014 - Armenia and Georgia
Vardzia, Georgia’s most impressive cave town, then back to Tbilisi
Not far from our overnight stop is the extensive cave town of Vardzia, part of which is once again an active monastery.  The site has strong connections with the 12th century queen, Tamar.  In the large ...
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23rd Aug 2014 - Armenia and Georgia
An ancient cave town and a reconstructed citadel
The cave city of Uplistsikhe, outside Gori, boasted a population of 20, 000 at its peak.  Its foundations are traced to 6 B.C. and it was a centre of pre-Christian sun worship.  From around the 5th centu...
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22nd Aug 2014 - Armenia and Georgia
From Georgia’s ancient capital to Stalin’s birthplace
We started our day by retracing our journey back along the Georgian Military Highway, which is now empty due to the landslide at the border.  The journey gave us the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular mounta...
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21st Aug 2014 - Armenia and Georgia
Hiking in the spectacular Caucuses (and news of a catastrophic landslide)
When I drew the curtains of my room this morning, I was greeted by the magnificent sight of snow-topped Mount Kazbeg.  I could also see Tsminda Sameba (Holy Trinity) Church, the destination of our hike today,...
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20th Aug 2014 - Armenia and Georgia
Into the Caucuses
Before leaving Telavi, we visited the local market, which is known for the quality of its fresh produce.  I was particularly impressed by the variety of fresh herbs on offer.  There was also plenty of fr...
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