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Sep 4, 2019 - Azerbaijan - the Russian Steps (sic)

By good fortune or good timing we have just missed the sweltering mid 40s temperatures of high summer to hit the country's capital Baku but a word of warning for senior citizens: Azerbaijan is not a country for the infirm: they love steps, steps up, steps down then up again and not a handrail in sight. Note to Boris: there's a big new market opportunity for handrails in Baku. Apart from this minor inconvenience what's the capital like? In a word (or two): unexpectedly exciting. The architecture is turn of the (20th) century European...

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May 10, 2016 - Baku with the group

Monday 9 May 2016 Around Baku, Azerbaijan Up early this morning for our first breakfast with the new group. There are 15 of us in this group, 11 from Australia, 2 from England and 2 from Hong Kong. After breakfast, we set off at 9:00am by bus for a city tour of Baku as well as a number of places in areas surrounding the city. First we went to the Old City and although we had visited previously, we went into a few additional places that we hadn't seen before. The weather was fine and mild today about 22C. We climbed to the top of the...

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May 8, 2016 - In Baku Azerbaijan - Lynn's birthday

Saturday 7 May 2016 Baku, Azerbaijan It was Lynn's birthday today. After breakfast we went for a walk along the seaside promenade to the south with the intention of travelling by the funicular to the top of the hill where there is a lookout near the Flame Towers buildings. We walked along the seafront – it was a beautiful day, fine and sunny, bit of a breeze. When we reached the funicular, it wasn't working, surprise, surprise. So we walked up to the top up about a thousand steps to see the city of Baku laid out in front of us. Situated on...

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May 6, 2016 - Arriving in Azerbaijan

Wednesday 4 May 2016 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to Baku, Azerbaijan After sitting in the hotel lobby in Ashgabat from about 7:30pm last night, we were picked up by the driver at 1:00am and taken to Ashgabat International Airport, only about 10-15 minutes away. When we arrived, we checked in, had our bags x-rayed 3 times, showed our passports 3 times, went through Immigration and waited for our Lufthansa flight at 3:30am. There were only about 30 people on the flight, and of these, about 10 disembarked in Baku and the rest stayed on board for...

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Oct 11, 2008 - Baku

10/11/08 Saturday We had some free time today and I passed on a visit to the Carpet Mueseum which I saw during my previous visit to Baku. I mainly rested to let the antibiotics do their work. This evening we had dinner at a nice restaurant in the Old City. The dinner included a performance by musicians and dancers dressed in native costumes and playing tunes with an assortment of curiously shaped instruments.

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Oct 8, 2008 - Sheki to Baku via Kudamir

October 8, 2008 Wednesday – Sheki/Baku via Kudamir We spent the morning exploring Sheki. First, we took a short drive to the former Khans’ Palace which, though small and compact, is an architectural delight. Two rows of nicely framed cloudy glass windows grace the central façade. There is window after window of world class stained glass on the interior. And, the walls, ceilings and floors of each room have Versailles-like craftmanship that are a feast for the eye. Before departing Sheki we took a walk down to the market which was buzzing...

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Jul 26, 2008 - Baku, Azerbaijan

The taxi driver who brought us back yesterday agreed to pick us up this am to take us to the minibus which will take us to the border(at train station). At 6:30 we left Nata Hotel but once again due to language we went 1st to the wrong bus sta. He understood we were going to Baku but not via the border. We tried 'train station' where minibuses to border leave, then 'chug chug, whoo whoo' which did it and by 7 we made the transfer and were off to the border...again. This time our only delay was that at each of the 3 chk points - especially...

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Jan 23, 2008 - Baku / Qobustan

Baku es una ciudad petrolera. Frente al Mar Caspio, se esta renovando en buena parte gracias al precio del petroleo. La peninsula justo al norte de Baku era el centro petroquimico de toda la Union Sovietica. El centro antiguo de Baku es bastante bonito, con una citadela mas o menos bien conservada. Hay algunos edificios renovados muy bonitos, pero en los alrededores del centro se nota la influencia sovietica decadente, simbolizada mas que nada por los edificios gigantescos que se caen a pedazos. Hay un edificio gigantesco, que parece un...

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Mar 1, 2006 - Baku, Azerbaijan

Baku is great, it is my favorite city this trip. people are nice some even speak english a little. my russian is shit. the food is great and the old city is a lot of fun to get lost in. Kind of like stone town on Zanzabar. It"s an oil town with lots of money and the US is providing a bit to keep the economy stable and the oil flowing out of the caspian. I did a bit of carpet hunting and hagled my ass off. i managed two nice carpets for 250 US, but when it came time to ship them,(march 3rd) that was a different story. the post would not ship...

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Sep 9, 2005 - Premiere escale: Baku, capitale d'Azerbaidjan

Nous sommes a Baku depuis 2 jours mais c'est notre premiere entree faite d'un cafe Internet. Comme je viens de tout perdre ce que j'avais ecrit !!!!! je recommence mais plus brievement et j'enregistre souvent pour ne plus perdre: (P.S. il n'y a pas d'accent ici, car le clavier est mi-azeri, mi anglais et il fait une chaleur torride dans ce sous sol....) D'abord, tout va tres bien. L'avion sans histoire remarquable si ce n'est une rhume de cerveau (Andre) aussi violent que spontanne entre Montreal et Londres + 24 heures. Ensuite un hotel 2...

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Apr 17, 2005 - No pais dos sorrisos dourados e sapatos bicudos

Baku, Azerbaijao Tivemos a oportunidade de visitar algumas cavernas proximas ao mar Caspio, um dos mais antigos lugares habitados pelo homem. Ha inscricoes datadas de 20.000 anos atras, o que eu achei um exagero. Algumas delas, mais recentes (8.000 anos atras), ilustram a caca e a domesticacao de animais como o cavalo e o camelo. A inscricao mais bacana era a de um navio a remos desenhada com inclinacao de 90%, provavelmente indicando um naufragio... * * * A natureza tem sido generosa conosco; pudemos ver golfinhos na Turquia e lobos na...

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Sabático - 2005

Apr 17, 2005 - Petroglyphs, Zoroastrian Fire Temples and English Teachers in Baku

Depart: Qobustan, Azerbaijan Arrive: Baku, Azerbaijan Overnight: Absheron Hotel - In the morning we set off to the other part of Qobustan which has caves with petroglyphs - drawings that have been etched into the rocks. Qobustan has the oldest examples in the world - some of which date back to 40,000 BC! They are mostly representations of people, animals and boats. It's funny how the guide took great care to tell us that the petroglyphs depicted women with large breasts, small waists, large hips and most interestingly...small...

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