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They have a funicular to get you up/down the hillside.
However, I showed up on lunch break. Being adventurous, I climbed my way to the top. Stupid me. 3/4's of the way I ran into construction - I found a way around but I should have waited.
Interesting cemetery at the top (see next entry).
I did take the funicular back down.
Almost got caught taking a photo of the UN Building (see that guard?)
We ended work early which gave us the opportunity to do a little sightseeing. Luckily they arranged a driver for us to go south about an hour to see the Gobustan Rock Carvings.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site checked off the list.
I really wanted to see the lions, but they don't let people go into that area.
As we handed our passports at the immigration counter in Baku airport, the official first looked for all the usual information - passport details, Azerbaijan visa validity etc. but then proceeded to carefully (visually) scan every single page in the passport! What he was checking was the presence of any stamps from having visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a country recognized by no one, but claimed by Azerbaijan. Evidence of having visited this ...
... mosque. It is a nice mosque, but I was not able to enter because I was wearing shorts, so not much to write about there, but a few minutes past the mosque is the James Bond Oil Field. This was featured on one of the 007 movies. I didn’t think it was that impressive that it was in the movie, but the actual oil field was great. I have never been that close to actual oil pumps. There were hundreds of them and they were constantly pumping up and down. ...
... Saturday! The TV's in the bars were full of it, re-running the contest!
Most of us then went for a walk along the sea front and found a few bars and restaurants. Later Ryan, Jody and myself went to a Karaoke bar where yours truly elected to sing one of his old favourites "American Pie".
Now, even if I am 'blowing my own trumpet' a bit, I know that I can sing this song pretty well. But when the backing track came on it ...