Metropol the Hotel
Travel Blogs from Baku
... br> It is a very attractive city, the Old Town has been restored beautifully and it is very picturesque, possibly like Tbilisi might be if the government spent millions on restoring it. The new buildings are attractive in their juxtaposition, all glass and designer shapes.
We tried to do the lonely planet walking tour with Dave and Alicia, but got distracted by air conditioned coffee shops and a shopping mall, we did however make it up ...
... our exit at 7:00.
We were on the boat named "Professor Gul" by about 9:30 and after being assigned a cabin, I quickly killed Rich in the "Murder on the Caspian" game. According to the guides, we were on the best passenger ferry on the Sea. It had recently been renovated so the rooms were clean, there were fairly new matresses, and shared bathrooms with flush western toilets and a hot shower!
The lights of Turkenbashy were nice as we sailed ...
The track was so slick and the camber just of level that the truck just wanted to slide back into the ditch so we used the sand ladders as a road and slowly but surely got Calypso down to the intersection and back on the gravel just as the first of the group started to head back down from the volcanos. High fives all around and a cold can of Sprite to celebrate (we had ...
... to the side of the highway where I should wait for the bus to pass.
This is really starting to feel like I'm headed off to the middle of nowhere.
We reach the border. On the Georgian style, it all goes very quick, then we walk across a bridge to the Azeri side.
The immigration official looks at me suspiciously "what are you doing in Azerbaijan?"
"Uh... I'm a tourist just going to visit the country"
"But why are you coming ...
... massive! We walked up the steps that led us to our cabins.
The air of anticipation, fear and dread continued. And then.......................wow, a feeling of euphoria! The ferry looked good, the cabins were clean with brand new matrasses! The toilets were clean and proper sit down ones. The showers looked good. What had we been worrying about?
The ferry was like a 4 star hotel - what ...