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Silk Road Journey

August 6 to Sept. 8, 2004. This was a 35-day tour across 7 countries (China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey), overland, from Beijing, China to Istanbul, Turkey. Sundowners of Melbourne, Australia was the tour company. There were 13 participants, including the tour leaders. There were 7 overnight trains, 1 night on a freighter crossing the Caspian Sea, and the rest of the travel by van or bus. I arrived a couple of days early in Beijing, and stayed in Istanbul a couple of days after the tour ended. This was truly the adventure trip of a lifetime!
Beijing, China - street scene near hotel
Beijing, China - street scene near hotel
Beijing - food stand
Beijing - food stand
Beijing - Bustling shopping street
Beijing - Bustling shopping street
Beijing shopping street - hat display
Beijing shopping street - hat display
Beijing street scene - arch
Beijing street scene - arch
Beijing shopping street - melon sellers
Beijing shopping street - melon sellers
Beijing - large local market
Beijing - large local market
Beijing market - mother & daughter
Beijing market - mother & daughter
Beijing market - mother & son fishmongers
Beijing market - mother & son fishmongers
Beijing market - girl with carcas
Beijing market - girl with carcas
Beijing market - little boy with seasonings
Beijing market - little boy with seasonings
Beijing market - Little Mr. No-pants
Beijing market - Little Mr. No-pants
Beijing - alley scene
Beijing - alley scene
Beijing - dancing in the park
Beijing - dancing in the park
Beijing - People's Park
Beijing - People's Park
Beijing People's Park - little princess
Beijing People's Park - little princess
Beijing People's Park - Men's band
Beijing People's Park - Men's band
Beijing People's Park - architectural details
Beijing People's Park - architectural details
Beijing People's Park - Tai Chi
Beijing People's Park - Tai Chi
Beijing - Temple of Heaven
Beijing - Temple of Heaven
Beijing - the famous Dirt Market
Beijing - the famous Dirt Market
Xian - gateway to Muslim quarter mosque
Xian - gateway to Muslim quarter mosque
Xian - pathway to mosque gardens
Xian - pathway to mosque gardens
Xian mosque in Muslim Quarter
Xian mosque in Muslim Quarter
Xian mosque gates and gardens
Xian mosque gates and gardens
Xian - Muslim bazaar
Xian - Muslim bazaar
Xian - Muslim bazaar vendor with baby
Xian - Muslim bazaar vendor with baby
Xian - Muslim Quarter food shop
Xian - Muslim Quarter food shop
Xian street
Xian street
Xian street
Xian street
Xian - Entrance to Terra Cotta Warriors Museum
Xian - Entrance to Terra Cotta Warriors Museum
Xian - Terra Cotta Warriors
Xian - Terra Cotta Warriors
Xian - TC Warriors - no two alike!
Xian - TC Warriors - no two alike!
Xian - TC Warriors - modelled after real men
Xian - TC Warriors - modelled after real men
Xian - TC Warriors' horses
Xian - TC Warriors' horses
Xian - TC Warriors' life-size horses
Xian - TC Warriors' life-size horses
Xian- Huaqing Hot Springs - Our intrepid group (minus 1)
Xian- Huaqing Hot Springs - Our intrepid group (minus 1)
Xian - Huaqing Hot Springs, once a summer palace
Xian - Huaqing Hot Springs, once a summer palace
Xian - Huaqing Hot Springs - goldfish pool
Xian - Huaqing Hot Springs - goldfish pool
Leaving Xian by train -  Gateway to the Silk Road - view of Taklamakan Desert
Leaving Xian by train - Gateway to the Silk Road - view of Taklamakan Desert
Enroute to Turpan - 2-day/night train leg - desolate station
Enroute to Turpan - 2-day/night train leg - desolate station
Enroute to Turpan - Taklamakan Desert
Enroute to Turpan - Taklamakan Desert
Enroute to Turpan - gloomy twilight shot of T. Desert
Enroute to Turpan - gloomy twilight shot of T. Desert
Enroute to Turpan - crumbling ancient wall
Enroute to Turpan - crumbling ancient wall
Brief train stop, enroute to Turpan
Brief train stop, enroute to Turpan
Snack time enroute to Turpan
Snack time enroute to Turpan
Train stop, enroute to Turpan - Chinese fried chicken
Train stop, enroute to Turpan - Chinese fried chicken
Day 2, enroute to Turpan - Taklamakan Desert
Day 2, enroute to Turpan - Taklamakan Desert
Jiayquan Fort at the end of the Great Wall
Jiayquan Fort at the end of the Great Wall
Jiayquan Fort at the end of the Great Wall
Jiayquan Fort at the end of the Great Wall
Train cabin party
Train cabin party
Train climbing grade at sunset
Train climbing grade at sunset
Taklamakan Desert at sunset
Taklamakan Desert at sunset
Turfan (or Turpan) - Minaret (1778) & Mosque
Turfan (or Turpan) - Minaret (1778) & Mosque
Turfan - Suleman's Minaret - details
Turfan - Suleman's Minaret - details
Turfan - Mosque roof with vineyards in background
Turfan - Mosque roof with vineyards in background
Turfan - another view of vineyards
Turfan - another view of vineyards
Turfan - leafy trellis shade
Turfan - leafy trellis shade
Turfan - carved column near mosque
Turfan - carved column near mosque
Turfan - view of mosque from gardens
Turfan - view of mosque from gardens
Turfan - family home scene
Turfan - family home scene
Turfan - family tomb (everybody has one)
Turfan - family tomb (everybody has one)
Turfan - house with fruit drying room on top
Turfan - house with fruit drying room on top
Turfan - Green Mosque
Turfan - Green Mosque
Turfan - Green Mosque doorway detail
Turfan - Green Mosque doorway detail
Turfan - neighborhood boys
Turfan - neighborhood boys
Turfan - local children
Turfan - local children
Turfan - bread seller
Turfan - bread seller
Turfan - shoppers
Turfan - shoppers
Turfan - ”Silk Road Speed Food“
Turfan - ”Silk Road Speed Food“
Turfan - beautiful shaded street off traffic circle
Turfan - beautiful shaded street off traffic circle
Turfan - Liz, Meg & Anne enjoy local pizza
Turfan - Liz, Meg & Anne enjoy local pizza
Turfan - popular form of transportation
Turfan - popular form of transportation
Turfan - our lovely hotel lobby
Turfan - our lovely hotel lobby
Turfan - Uygar folk show
Turfan - Uygar folk show
Outside Turfan - entrance to Jiaohe ruins
Outside Turfan - entrance to Jiaohe ruins
Ancient Jiaohe city ruins (108 BC - 450 AD)
Ancient Jiaohe city ruins (108 BC - 450 AD)
Jiaohe was built on a high plateau, encircled by deep river valleys
Jiaohe was built on a high plateau, encircled by deep river valleys
Jiaohe ruins well-preserved due to dry climate
Jiaohe ruins well-preserved due to dry climate
Jiaohe ruins
Jiaohe ruins
Stunning moment at Jiaohe ruins
Stunning moment at Jiaohe ruins
Jiaohe - long avenue flanked by buildings
Jiaohe - long avenue flanked by buildings
Jiaohe ruins - were these houses?
Jiaohe ruins - were these houses?
Jiaohe ruins - monastery
Jiaohe ruins - monastery
Jiaohe was a large city
Jiaohe was a large city
Jiaohe - sign explains Buddhist monastery
Jiaohe - sign explains Buddhist monastery
Jiaohe's evocative ruins
Jiaohe's evocative ruins
Jiaohe's dramatic desert setting
Jiaohe's dramatic desert setting
Jiaohe ruins highlighted by sun
Jiaohe ruins highlighted by sun
Jiaohe inhabitants climbed down to work the fields daily
Jiaohe inhabitants climbed down to work the fields daily
Jiaohe's vast complex
Jiaohe's vast complex
Jiaohe's intriguing streets
Jiaohe's intriguing streets
Jiaohe - impressive walls
Jiaohe - impressive walls
Jiaohe must have been magnificent!
Jiaohe must have been magnificent!
The incredible Turfan karez irrigation system
The incredible Turfan karez irrigation system
Turfan - inside the keras (wells) system museum
Turfan - inside the keras (wells) system museum
Keras system underground waterway - from 1 BC
Keras system underground waterway - from 1 BC
Keras irrigation system - good advice
Keras irrigation system - good advice
Turfan's keras system flows underground to irrigate their fruit crops
Turfan's keras system flows underground to irrigate their fruit crops
Turfan - the amazing dried fruit market outside the keras exhibit
Turfan - the amazing dried fruit market outside the keras exhibit
Turfan is one of the world's largest dried fruit producers
Turfan is one of the world's largest dried fruit producers
Leaving Turfan, which is in a bowl at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert
Leaving Turfan, which is in a bowl at the edge of the Taklamakan Desert
Kashgar, Western China - We are greeted with dancers arriving at Seman Hotel
Kashgar, Western China - We are greeted with dancers arriving at Seman Hotel
Visiting Kashgar's ancient Idkha Mosque
Visiting Kashgar's ancient Idkha Mosque
Kashgar - Idkha Mosque ceiling detail
Kashgar - Idkha Mosque ceiling detail
Beautiful, serene Idkha Mosque
Beautiful, serene Idkha Mosque
Idkha Mosque ceiling panel
Idkha Mosque ceiling panel
A visit to Kasgar's Old City Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
A visit to Kasgar's Old City Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Family scene - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Family scene - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Old mud walls - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Old mud walls - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Old wall construction - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Old wall construction - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Interesting red door - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Interesting red door - Koziquiyabixi neighborhood
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood children
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood children
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood street scene
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood street scene
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood family portrait
Koziquiyabixi neighborhood family portrait
Koziquiyabixi grandfather & grandson
Koziquiyabixi grandfather & grandson
Koziquiyabixi - Meg points out an interesting old lock
Koziquiyabixi - Meg points out an interesting old lock
Koziquiyabixi - garden of neighborhood's most beautiful home
Koziquiyabixi - garden of neighborhood's most beautiful home
Koziquiyabixi home - a hospitable display of treats
Koziquiyabixi home - a hospitable display of treats
Koziquiyabixi home - daughter displays her costume
Koziquiyabixi home - daughter displays her costume
Wall niches inside Koziquiyabixi home
Wall niches inside Koziquiyabixi home
Kashgar  public square - that's Chairman Mao waving
Kashgar public square - that's Chairman Mao waving
Kashgar  public square - leisure pastime
Kashgar public square - leisure pastime
We are invited to Koziquiyabixi home for an incredible dinner
We are invited to Koziquiyabixi home for an incredible dinner
We are sated after Koziquiyabixi home dinner
We are sated after Koziquiyabixi home dinner
Our beautiful Koziquiyabixi home hostess
Our beautiful Koziquiyabixi home hostess
Oh my goodness! Grandma brings dessert!
Oh my goodness! Grandma brings dessert!
Our wonderful Koziquiyabixi host family
Our wonderful Koziquiyabixi host family
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb gate
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb gate
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb Mosque
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb Mosque
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb Mosque, where an emperor & favorite (“fragrant”) concubine are entombed together
Kashgar - Apakh Hoja Tomb Mosque, where an emperor & favorite (“fragrant”) concubine are entombed together
Read about the Apakh Hoja Mosque
Read about the Apakh Hoja Mosque
Door detail - Apakh Hoja Mosque
Door detail - Apakh Hoja Mosque
Kashgar Sunday Market - produce sellers
Kashgar Sunday Market - produce sellers
The world-famous Kashgar Sunday Market
The world-famous Kashgar Sunday Market
The world-famous Kashgar Sunday Market
The world-famous Kashgar Sunday Market
Kashgar Sunday Market - watermelon man
Kashgar Sunday Market - watermelon man
Kashgar Sunday Market - anyone want to buy a goat?
Kashgar Sunday Market - anyone want to buy a goat?
Kashgar Sunday Market - anyone want to buy a goat?
Kashgar Sunday Market - anyone want to buy a goat?
Official checks what's coming & going at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Official checks what's coming & going at the Kashgar Sunday Market
You can also get a shave at the Kashgar Sunday Market
You can also get a shave at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Hungry brothers chow down at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Hungry brothers chow down at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Catching up at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Catching up at the Kashgar Sunday Market
Sweet Uygar children - Kashgar Sunday Market
Sweet Uygar children - Kashgar Sunday Market
Sign about Kashgar's importance as a Silk Road town
Sign about Kashgar's importance as a Silk Road town
Show & tell - Kashgar Sunday Bazaar in town
Show & tell - Kashgar Sunday Bazaar in town
Grant attracts a friendly crowd with his digital camera
Grant attracts a friendly crowd with his digital camera
Street scene - Kashgar Sunday Bazaar
Street scene - Kashgar Sunday Bazaar
Bazaar babies
Bazaar babies
Liz in front of Silk Road sculpture outside the Seman Hotel (former Russian consulate), Kashgar
Liz in front of Silk Road sculpture outside the Seman Hotel (former Russian consulate), Kashgar
On the road again... heading for the Irkeshtam Pass
On the road again... heading for the Irkeshtam Pass
Rugged dramatic scenery - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Rugged dramatic scenery - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Magnificently colored hills - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Magnificently colored hills - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Poplar windbreaks - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Poplar windbreaks - enroute to Irkeshtam Pass
Scenery - Climbing towards Irkeshtam Pass
Scenery - Climbing towards Irkeshtam Pass
First camel sighting!
First camel sighting!
A magnificent Baktrian camel
A magnificent Baktrian camel
Grant & Tien Shan Mountains
Grant & Tien Shan Mountains
Grant & Tien Shan Mountains
Grant & Tien Shan Mountains
More Baktrian camels!
More Baktrian camels!
At the Chinese border with Kyrgyzstan, incredibly overloaded trucks
At the Chinese border with Kyrgyzstan, incredibly overloaded trucks
At the Chinese border with Kyrgyzstan, we view the scenery for hours, waiting for K. border officials to let our van & guide in
At the Chinese border with Kyrgyzstan, we view the scenery for hours, waiting for K. border officials to let our van & guide in
We wait & wait at this lovely spot...
We wait & wait at this lovely spot...
That's the Kyrgyzstan border down there
That's the Kyrgyzstan border down there
Finally, near dark, we are underway on the worst roads in the world, in the most wretched van ever
Finally, near dark, we are underway on the worst roads in the world, in the most wretched van ever
Truly, the worst roads ever...
Truly, the worst roads ever...
Kyrgyzstan road memorial
Kyrgyzstan road memorial
Rugged, mountainous, empty Kyrgyzstan
Rugged, mountainous, empty Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan - nomadic yurts here and there
Kyrgyzstan - nomadic yurts here and there
Kyrgyzstan - nomadic yurts
Kyrgyzstan - nomadic yurts
Kyrgyzstan - Sary Tash - typical winter housing for nomads
Kyrgyzstan - Sary Tash - typical winter housing for nomads
Kyrgyzstan - we stop to check out the yoghurt ball sellers
Kyrgyzstan - we stop to check out the yoghurt ball sellers
The incredible emptiness of Kyrgyzstan
The incredible emptiness of Kyrgyzstan
Margilan (Fergana Valley), Uzbekistan - market in operation since ancient Silk Road days
Margilan (Fergana Valley), Uzbekistan - market in operation since ancient Silk Road days
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - note traditional ikat pattern dress
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - note traditional ikat pattern dress
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - abundant food everywhere
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - abundant food everywhere
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - potatoes & onions
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - potatoes & onions
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - veggies & herbs
Margilan (Fergana Valley) - market - veggies & herbs
Outside Margilan market - local bus service - note driver hand-cranking engine!
Outside Margilan market - local bus service - note driver hand-cranking engine!
Fergana, Uzbekistan - a lovely park
Fergana, Uzbekistan - a lovely park
Fergana, Uzbekistan - Monument to Akmet al Fergani, astrologer, mathematician, geographer, circa 800 BC
Fergana, Uzbekistan - Monument to Akmet al Fergani, astrologer, mathematician, geographer, circa 800 BC
Fergana, Uzbekistan - a lovely park
Fergana, Uzbekistan - a lovely park
Fergana, Uzbekistan - Monument to Akmet al Fergani, astrologer, mathematician, geographer, circa 800 BC
Fergana, Uzbekistan - Monument to Akmet al Fergani, astrologer, mathematician, geographer, circa 800 BC
Fergana, Uzbekistan - This old woman's job is to pick out grass between pavers
Fergana, Uzbekistan - This old woman's job is to pick out grass between pavers
Margilan - old silk factory
Margilan - old silk factory
Margilan - old silk factory
Margilan - old silk factory
Margilan - old silk factory - man preparing silk threads for ikat dying
Margilan - old silk factory - man preparing silk threads for ikat dying
Margilan - old silk factory - woman weaving
Margilan - old silk factory - woman weaving
Margilan - old silk factory - the fabulous shop
Margilan - old silk factory - the fabulous shop
Boys cool off outside the Margilan  silk factory
Boys cool off outside the Margilan silk factory
Delicious Uzbek bread
Delicious Uzbek bread
Another Uzbek bazaar - snack aisle
Another Uzbek bazaar - snack aisle
Uzbek bazaar - snack seller
Uzbek bazaar - snack seller
Uzbek bazaar vendor
Uzbek bazaar vendor
Rishton Pottery Factory (Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan) - young apprentice
Rishton Pottery Factory (Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan) - young apprentice
Rishton Pottery Factory, Uzbekistan
Rishton Pottery Factory, Uzbekistan
Local Uzbek kids outside Rishton Pottery Factory
Local Uzbek kids outside Rishton Pottery Factory
Kokand Mosque... Kokand was a Silk Road trade center in the 15th Century
Kokand Mosque... Kokand was a Silk Road trade center in the 15th Century
Painted ceiling - Kokand Mosque
Painted ceiling - Kokand Mosque
Young girl - Kokand Mosque cloister
Young girl - Kokand Mosque cloister
Hot & tired, we rest in Kokand Mosque cloister
Hot & tired, we rest in Kokand Mosque cloister
Kokand Palace, circa 17th century
Kokand Palace, circa 17th century
Exquisite tile details - Kokand Palace
Exquisite tile details - Kokand Palace
Kokand Palace arches
Kokand Palace arches
Kokand Palace arches
Kokand Palace arches
Kokand Palace - group of Uzbek visitors
Kokand Palace - group of Uzbek visitors
Kokand Palace - vividly decorated room
Kokand Palace - vividly decorated room
Kokand Palace - vividly decorated room
Kokand Palace - vividly decorated room
Kokand Palace exterior
Kokand Palace exterior
Kokand Palace - old carriages
Kokand Palace - old carriages
Kokand Palace - hammam entrance
Kokand Palace - hammam entrance
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - photo stop
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - photo stop
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - outskirts of Tashkent - drivers stop (for 3rd time) to confer on directions to hotel
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - outskirts of Tashkent - drivers stop (for 3rd time) to confer on directions to hotel
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - drivers don't know where they're going!
4-taxi caravan from Kokand to Tashkent - drivers don't know where they're going!
Tashkent, capitol of Uzbekistan - lovely Orthodox church
Tashkent, capitol of Uzbekistan - lovely Orthodox church
Tashkent - monument to courage, in tribute to people of Tashkent for fortitude during the city's 10-yr. rebuilding after the dev
Tashkent - monument to courage, in tribute to people of Tashkent for fortitude during the city's 10-yr. rebuilding after the dev
Tashkent - 1554 Masoleum of mullah who “fixed” infertile marriages
Tashkent - 1554 Masoleum of mullah who “fixed” infertile marriages
Tashkent UNESCO World Heritage site - exquisite library
Tashkent UNESCO World Heritage site - exquisite library
Tashkent - library details - houses oldest Korans from all Islamic places
Tashkent - library details - houses oldest Korans from all Islamic places
Tashkent library - ceiling detail
Tashkent library - ceiling detail
Tashkent - library exterior
Tashkent - library exterior
Tashkent library doorway
Tashkent library doorway
Tashkent - at a bazaar stop, our guide demonstrates the use of a baby boy's cradle (no diapers needed!)
Tashkent - at a bazaar stop, our guide demonstrates the use of a baby boy's cradle (no diapers needed!)
Tashkent market
Tashkent market
Tashkent market - the famous Central Asian yoghurt balls
Tashkent market - the famous Central Asian yoghurt balls
Uzbek deli, Tashkent style
Uzbek deli, Tashkent style
Tashkent market - stairway of spices
Tashkent market - stairway of spices
Tashkent market - outdoor stalls
Tashkent market - outdoor stalls
Samarkand, Uzbekistan - leafy park
Samarkand, Uzbekistan - leafy park
Unidentified statue in Samarkand park
Unidentified statue in Samarkand park
Samarkand - The famous Ulug Bek Observatory, unearthed in the 20th Century
Samarkand - The famous Ulug Bek Observatory, unearthed in the 20th Century
Inside the Ulug Bek Observatory
Inside the Ulug Bek Observatory
Observatory “docent” wearing cap showing she's a recent bride
Observatory “docent” wearing cap showing she's a recent bride
View of old city walls from Observatory
View of old city walls from Observatory
Another view of old city walls from Observatory
Another view of old city walls from Observatory
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Tile restoration - Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Tile restoration - Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
Samarkand - the incredibly beautiful Shah-i-zinda masoleum complex
More masoleums in complex
More masoleums in complex
Ornate doors - masolum complex
Ornate doors - masolum complex
View of restoration project for masoleum complex
View of restoration project for masoleum complex
Inside the Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
Inside the Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
Inside the Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
Inside the Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
The Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
The Bibi Khanym Mosque (Timor's wife)
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Main entrance - Guri Amir masoleum complex
Main entrance - Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Guri Amir masoleum complex
Sign about Guri Amir masoleum complex
Sign about Guri Amir masoleum complex
Interesting time-line sign re Timur
Interesting time-line sign re Timur
Inside Timur's masoleum
Inside Timur's masoleum
Inside Timur's masoleum
Inside Timur's masoleum
Inside Timur's masoleum
Inside Timur's masoleum
Samarkand - unidentified ruins
Samarkand - unidentified ruins
Samarkand - The beautifully restored Registan complex
Samarkand - The beautifully restored Registan complex
Samarkand - One side of Registan complex
Samarkand - One side of Registan complex
Samarkand - Medrassa - Registan complex
Samarkand - Medrassa - Registan complex
Samarkand - Registan complex doorway detail
Samarkand - Registan complex doorway detail
Inside Registan - ceiling
Inside Registan - ceiling
Registan interior
Registan interior
Registan medrassa courtyard
Registan medrassa courtyard
Samarkand - Famous musician & instrument maker
Samarkand - Famous musician & instrument maker
Bukhara - relaxing at our lovely guest house (Lyabi Haus)
Bukhara - relaxing at our lovely guest house (Lyabi Haus)
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - wall detail
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - wall detail
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - ceiling
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - ceiling
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - interior
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - interior
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - doorway
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - doorway
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - long view
Bukara - the exquisite 10th Century Sumani Masoleum - long view
Bukhara - fragments of old city walls
Bukhara - fragments of old city walls
Bukhara - fragments of old city walls
Bukhara - fragments of old city walls
Bukhara - watermelon festival
Bukhara - watermelon festival
Bukhara - watermelon festival (note those beautiful Bukhara carpets)
Bukhara - watermelon festival (note those beautiful Bukhara carpets)
Bukhara - placque at Job's (Ayub) well, dating back to 12th Century
Bukhara - placque at Job's (Ayub) well, dating back to 12th Century
Bukhara - interior, Job's (Ayub) well
Bukhara - interior, Job's (Ayub) well
Bukhara - exterior, Job's (Ayub) well
Bukhara - exterior, Job's (Ayub) well
Bukhara - meat shop
Bukhara - meat shop
Bukhara - a Suffi mosque - city's most beautiful mosque
Bukhara - a Suffi mosque - city's most beautiful mosque
Bukhara - leaning tower being straightened, outside Suffi mosque
Bukhara - leaning tower being straightened, outside Suffi mosque
Bukhara - Suffi mosque restored ceiling details
Bukhara - Suffi mosque restored ceiling details
Bukhara - the Ark Fortress, dating to the 4th Century BC
Bukhara - the Ark Fortress, dating to the 4th Century BC
Bukhara - entrance to the Ark Fortress, dating to the 4th Century BC - once housed 30,000 people
Bukhara - entrance to the Ark Fortress, dating to the 4th Century BC - once housed 30,000 people
Bukhara - Ark Fortress courtyard, called the Registan
Bukhara - Ark Fortress courtyard, called the Registan
Bukhara - Ark Fortress interior - columns made of Russian trees, soaked 20 years in acidic water
Bukhara - Ark Fortress interior - columns made of Russian trees, soaked 20 years in acidic water
Bukhara - Ark Fortress interior - ceiling detail
Bukhara - Ark Fortress interior - ceiling detail
Bukhara - famous statue depicting folk tale
Bukhara - famous statue depicting folk tale
Bukhara - medrassa & famous tower
Bukhara - medrassa & famous tower
Bukhara - beautifully restored medrassa
Bukhara - beautifully restored medrassa
Bukhara - medrassa & famous tower - details
Bukhara - medrassa & famous tower - details
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - courtyard of medrassa
Bukhara - medrassa interior detail
Bukhara - medrassa interior detail
Bukhara - medrassa interior
Bukhara - medrassa interior
Bukhara - medrassa interior - symphony of columns
Bukhara - medrassa interior - symphony of columns
Bukhara - another view of medrassa courtyard
Bukhara - another view of medrassa courtyard
Bukhara - Grant with Caravansari kids
Bukhara - Grant with Caravansari kids
Bukhara - beautiful tile detail on old building
Bukhara - beautiful tile detail on old building
Bukhara - musical instrument seller at Caravansary
Bukhara - musical instrument seller at Caravansary
Bukhara - a sea of red carpets lights up an evening stroll
Bukhara - a sea of red carpets lights up an evening stroll
Bukhara - a sea of red carpets lights up an evening stroll
Bukhara - a sea of red carpets lights up an evening stroll
Central old-town Bukhara - boys leap off mulberry tree into Lyaby House pool
Central old-town Bukhara - boys leap off mulberry tree into Lyaby House pool
Bukhara - another beautiful medrassa
Bukhara - another beautiful medrassa
Bukhara - another beautiful medrassa - detail
Bukhara - another beautiful medrassa - detail
Bukhara - entertainment at outdoor restaurant
Bukhara - entertainment at outdoor restaurant
Bukhara - evening at Lyabi House pool with restaurants
Bukhara - evening at Lyabi House pool with restaurants
Bukhara - Caravansary complex, dating back to Silk Road days
Bukhara - Caravansary complex, dating back to Silk Road days
Bukhara - Caravansary - artist selling beautiful handcrafts
Bukhara - Caravansary - artist selling beautiful handcrafts
Bukhara - Caravansary kids
Bukhara - Caravansary kids
Bukhara - Caravansary bazaar family
Bukhara - Caravansary bazaar family
Bukhara street scene near Caravansary
Bukhara street scene near Caravansary
Bukhara - our guest house, once home of wealthy Jewish merchant
Bukhara - our guest house, once home of wealthy Jewish merchant
Bukhara - our guest house, a very atmospheric place!
Bukhara - our guest house, a very atmospheric place!
Bukhara - our guest house - interior stairway
Bukhara - our guest house - interior stairway
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv, site of 5 ancient Silk Road cities
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv, site of 5 ancient Silk Road cities
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of MervMary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of MervMary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - grazing camels
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - grazing camels
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - old walls
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - old walls
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - wall detail
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - wall detail
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - ancient city walls
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - ancient city walls
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - Dromedary camels grazing
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - Dromedary camels grazing
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - Dromedary camels grazing
Mary, Turkmenistan - ruins of Merv - Dromedary camels grazing
Mary, Turkmenistan - Muslim women waiting to enter mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - Muslim women waiting to enter mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - Muslim women entering mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - Muslim women entering mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - family outside mosque
Mary, Turkmenistan - family outside mosque
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa, a Parthian city
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa, a Parthian city
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa - view of new mosque in nearby city
Near Ashghabad, Turkmenistan - Ruins of Nissa - view of new mosque in nearby city
Ashghabad - the omni-presence of President Turkmenbashi is EVERYWHERE. Monument to his birth.
Ashghabad - the omni-presence of President Turkmenbashi is EVERYWHERE. Monument to his birth.
Ashghabad - gold revolving statue of Turkmenbashi in god-like pose
Ashghabad - gold revolving statue of Turkmenbashi in god-like pose
Ashghabad - statue of Turkmenbashi's birth
Ashghabad - statue of Turkmenbashi's birth
View of downtown Ashghabad
View of downtown Ashghabad
Mother & daughter - viewing platform of monument to Turkmenbashi
Mother & daughter - viewing platform of monument to Turkmenbashi
Monument to Turkmenbashi, Ashghabad
Monument to Turkmenbashi, Ashghabad
The other-worldlyness of down-town Ashghabad...fountains everywhere, in the middle of the desert!
The other-worldlyness of down-town Ashghabad...fountains everywhere, in the middle of the desert!
Ashghabad - a beautiful mosque at twilight
Ashghabad - a beautiful mosque at twilight
Ashghabad - a huge park glorifying Turkmenbashi, with water & fountains galore
Ashghabad - a huge park glorifying Turkmenbashi, with water & fountains galore
Ashghabad - another gold statue glorifying Turkmenbashi
Ashghabad - another gold statue glorifying Turkmenbashi
Ashghabad - huge central market
Ashghabad - huge central market
Ashghabad - huge central market
Ashghabad - huge central market
Ashghabad - huge central market - melon sellers
Ashghabad - huge central market - melon sellers
Leaving Ashghabad - the train station
Leaving Ashghabad - the train station
Ashghabad train station - Turkmenistan travelers
Ashghabad train station - Turkmenistan travelers
Port of Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan - we wait all afternoon for freighter to cross the Caspian Sea
Port of Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan - we wait all afternoon for freighter to cross the Caspian Sea
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Port of Turkmenbashi - aboard the freighter, early evening
Aboard the freighter crossing the Caspian Sea
Aboard the freighter crossing the Caspian Sea
Aboard the freighter crossing the Caspian Sea - moonlight on trash cans
Aboard the freighter crossing the Caspian Sea - moonlight on trash cans
Moonlight on the Caspian Sea
Moonlight on the Caspian Sea
Moonlight on the Caspian Sea - our quarters in the crew cabins were miserable!
Moonlight on the Caspian Sea - our quarters in the crew cabins were miserable!
Next morning, we approach Baku, Azerbijan
Next morning, we approach Baku, Azerbijan
View of Baku, Azerbijan
View of Baku, Azerbijan
Port of Baku - tugboats
Port of Baku - tugboats
City tour of Baku - visit to a beautiful hilltop mosque
City tour of Baku - visit to a beautiful hilltop mosque
Mosque interior - Baku
Mosque interior - Baku
Gorgeous Mosque interior - Baku
Gorgeous Mosque interior - Baku
Mosque washing place - Baku
Mosque washing place - Baku
Very moving walk through cemetary for fallen soldiers
Very moving walk through cemetary for fallen soldiers
Very moving walk through cemetery for fallen soldiers
Very moving walk through cemetery for fallen soldiers
Very moving walk through cemetery for fallen soldiers - monument
Very moving walk through cemetery for fallen soldiers - monument
View of Baku port
View of Baku port
Semit! That wonderful bagel-like, sesame-seeded snack
Semit! That wonderful bagel-like, sesame-seeded snack
Walking tour of Baku - old fortress
Walking tour of Baku - old fortress
Walking tour of Baku - the music hall
Walking tour of Baku - the music hall
Downtown Baku - pedestrian area with shops & cafes
Downtown Baku - pedestrian area with shops & cafes
A fabulous display of kuchina dolls!  Recognize anyone?
A fabulous display of "kuchina" dolls! Recognize anyone?
Baku - ruins of historic tower
Baku - ruins of historic tower
Baku - castle/fortress - handsome carved door
Baku - castle/fortress - handsome carved door
Baku - castle/fortress - striking view of old & new buildings
Baku - castle/fortress - striking view of old & new buildings
Baku - castle/fortress - beautiful carved stonework
Baku - castle/fortress - beautiful carved stonework
Baku - castle/fortress
Baku - castle/fortress
Baku - castle/fortress - tomb
Baku - castle/fortress - tomb
Baku - castle/fortress - another carved door
Baku - castle/fortress - another carved door
Baku - view of excavations
Baku - view of excavations
Baku - view of excavations
Baku - view of excavations
Baku - narrow street
Baku - narrow street
Baku - narrow street - boy in the window
Baku - narrow street - boy in the window
Baku - herb & vegetable shop
Baku - herb & vegetable shop
Baku - ancient public laundry
Baku - ancient public laundry
Baku - street scene. Note Ottoman style balconies on left
Baku - street scene. Note Ottoman style balconies on left
Baku street scene
Baku street scene
Baku street - rug sellers
Baku street - rug sellers
Baku street - carpets anyone?
Baku street - carpets anyone?
Baku - caravansary interior with shops
Baku - caravansary interior with shops
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - interior of oil-baron mansion, circa late 19th Century
Baku - fabulous multi-course dinner in a caravansary
Baku - fabulous multi-course dinner in a caravansary
Azerbijan - Zoroastrian flame worship place
Azerbijan - Zoroastrian flame worship place
Azerbiajan oil fields
Azerbiajan oil fields
Azerbiajan oil fields
Azerbiajan oil fields
Azerbiajan - place where flames come out of ground, due to natural gas
Azerbiajan - place where flames come out of ground, due to natural gas
Azerbiajan - place where flames come out of ground, due to natural gas
Azerbiajan - place where flames come out of ground, due to natural gas
Our charming Baku guide, Rimeza
Our charming Baku guide, Rimeza
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Narikala Fortress
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Narikala Fortress
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Narikala Fortress from Metekhi Church
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Narikala Fortress from Metekhi Church
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church - detail
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church - detail
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church - portico
Tbilisi, Georgia - Metekhi Church - portico
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Metekhi Church from across the river
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of Metekhi Church from across the river
Tbilisi, Georgia - old houses
Tbilisi, Georgia - old houses
Tbilisi, Georgia - old houses
Tbilisi, Georgia - old houses
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of sulphur baths
Tbilisi, Georgia - view of sulphur baths
Tbilisi, Georgia - interior, sulphur baths
Tbilisi, Georgia - interior, sulphur baths
Tbilisi, Georgia - entrance to bakery
Tbilisi, Georgia - entrance to bakery
Tbilisi, Georgia - sign at Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tbilisi, Georgia - sign at Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tblisis Georgia - Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tblisis Georgia - Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tbilisi, GA - street scene
Tbilisi, GA - street scene
Tblisis Georgia - Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tblisis Georgia - Forty Sebastian Holy Martyr's Church
Tbilisi, GA - street sweeper
Tbilisi, GA - street sweeper
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral - door detail
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral - door detail
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral - rear view
Tbilisi, GA - Sioni Cathedral - rear view
Tbilisi, GA - old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - first floor, old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - first floor, old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - second floor, old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - second floor, old synagogue
Tbilisi, GA - ancient Anchiskhati church
Tbilisi, GA - ancient Anchiskhati church
Tbilisi, GA - ancient Anchiskhati church - interior
Tbilisi, GA - ancient Anchiskhati church - interior
Scenery enroute to northern Georgia
Scenery enroute to northern Georgia
Scenery enroute to northern Georgia
Scenery enroute to northern Georgia
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - Ananauri - church & fortress complex
Northern Georgia - enroute to Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - enroute to Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - enroute to Caucasus Mountains - roadside stands
Northern Georgia - enroute to Caucasus Mountains - roadside stands
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountain - view from our lodge at  Gudauri
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountain - view from our lodge at Gudauri
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - view from our lodge at  Gudauri
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - view from our lodge at Gudauri
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - spectacular scenery
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - spectacular scenery
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - Liz, at photo stop
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - Liz, at photo stop
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - odd artwork
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - odd artwork
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - roadside craftswoman
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - roadside craftswoman
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - strange ooze
Northern Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - strange ooze
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - church on hill
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - church on hill
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - a town pig wallow
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains - a town pig wallow
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Western Georgia - Caucasus Mountains
Gori, Western Georgia - Stalin Museum
Gori, Western Georgia - Stalin Museum
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town - far view
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town - far view
Western Georgia - view from Uplistsikhe
Western Georgia - view from Uplistsikhe
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western Georgia - Uplistsikhe cave town
Western GA, Kutaisi - electrical apparatus in our guest house
Western GA, Kutaisi - electrical apparatus in our guest house
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral - door detail
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral - door detail
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Bagrati Cathedral
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - ancient iron door
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - ancient iron door
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - wall detail
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - wall detail
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex - restored frescos
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery complex
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery - family brings a sacrificial lamb
Kutaisi, Western GA - Gelati Monastery - family brings a sacrificial lamb
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Motsameta (Martyr's) Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Mr. Clive has lunch with some new friends, outside Motsameta Church
Kutaisi, Western GA - Mr. Clive has lunch with some new friends, outside Motsameta Church
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey -  OH, OH!
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey - OH, OH!
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey - stop for fresh-cooked corn
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey - stop for fresh-cooked corn
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey - canal scene
Enroute to Batumi, Turkey - canal scene
Trabazon, Turkey - wedding below our hotel room
Trabazon, Turkey - wedding below our hotel room
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery, seen from below
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery, seen from below
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - far view from below
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - far view from below
Enroute to Samsun, Turkey - Sumela Monastery
Enroute to Samsun, Turkey - Sumela Monastery
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - long stairway up
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - long stairway up
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - overview of interior
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - overview of interior
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - view of site's perch
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - view of site's perch
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - interior buildings
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - interior buildings
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - ancient church
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - ancient church
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - wall painting detail - interior of ancient church
Near Trabzon, Turkey - Sumela Monastery - wall painting detail - interior of ancient church
View of Black Sea, near Samsun, Turkey
View of Black Sea, near Samsun, Turkey
Safronbolu, Turkey - a Silk Route town, well-reserved Ottoman houses
Safronbolu, Turkey - a Silk Route town, well-reserved Ottoman houses
Safronbolu, Turkey - our Ottoman-style hotel
Safronbolu, Turkey - our Ottoman-style hotel
Safronbolu, Turkey - downtown
Safronbolu, Turkey - downtown
Safronbolu, Turkey - town scene
Safronbolu, Turkey - town scene
Safronbolu, Turkey - detail on Ottoman house
Safronbolu, Turkey - detail on Ottoman house
Safronbolu, Turkey - town scene
Safronbolu, Turkey - town scene
Safronbolu, Turkey - it's a hill town!
Safronbolu, Turkey - it's a hill town!
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - view of town from top
Safronbolu, Turkey - time for a cold beer in the garden
Safronbolu, Turkey - time for a cold beer in the garden