Category Archives: Travels in the World

Tblisi – Georgia’s Capital and Crowning Glory

Tblisi, the capital of Georgia, is stunning.  Dramatic cliff faces plunge into its meandering river, while others staunchly pierce the blue skies above, crowned with steepled churches and rocky forts. Modern arty structures blend with old wooden cottages.  The crumbling, grapevine-strewn, latticed verandas create a picture frame for … Continue reading

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House-sitting – A Pup, Some Rabbits and… Google!

Daisy and I ran after rabbits today. Squirrels darted up trees. We jumped mole hills and rabbit holes and sniffed nervously at fox burrows. I’m sure one of us would have caught something if we weren’t attached to each other by … Continue reading

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Georgia – Lesser-known Food and Wine Paradise

Georgia, where Europe, the Middle East and Asia meet… Georgia, the country, why don’t more of us know it? It hangs in the Southern Caucasus mountains just above North East Turkey and below South West Russia. Handed between the Ottomans … Continue reading

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Batumi, Georgia – When Good Beach Resorts Go Bad!

With a December average high temperature of 12°C, and average low of 6°C, we were looking forward to defrosting in Batumi. I also couldn’t wait to discover the pumping vibe of a city newly peppered with eye-wateringly futuristic architecture and … Continue reading

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Kars, Turkey – Coolness, Culture and Kebabs

Low expectations Kars was a kinky little surprise that we hadn’t been expecting. We knew we were up for a gruelling, winding, 9 hour, two bus, trip into the mountains from Trabzon to see Ani, but we figured it was … Continue reading

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Paris – A Day in the Life of a Francophile Dreamer

This post is real time – why not mix it up with a bit of “Back to the Future” in amongst the ongoing trip report! Bus, Train and Tunnel from London – Simultaneously! “What time is your Eurostar train?” everyone … Continue reading

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Ani, Turkey – Opposing Views and a Lost City

Breathtaking Journey “There is no way we could have done it. We were too busy fighting the war in the West and the South and everywhere!” said our guide adamantly. We were cruising along in his car, funky slightly belly-dancerish … Continue reading

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Georgia, Armenia and Iran – Happy Holidays!!!

My sister and I met up with another good friend in Trabzon. Full circle for me, this is where I had arrived in Turkey from Russia almost a month earlier. We had each done long trips before but now these … Continue reading

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Diyarbakir – Mourning Songs, Sticks and Stones

The clicking of prayer beads, round and round in the fingers of the old men, lends a soft background beat to the heartfelt songs of their Kurdish history. One by one the men take their turn in this centuries’ old … Continue reading

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Erbil – Capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

I am not going to lie. I was petrified going into Iraq. Actually, we were going into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq which is semi-autonomous and not considered to be “Extreme Risk” like the rest of the country. Many governments … Continue reading

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