Travel Blogs from Baku
18 May to ...
After a reasonably long drive day, on roads which I thought might be better, we arrived at some mud volcanoes which are about 60km outside Baku.
What a change in scenery over the drive! We went from arable farm land to dust and scrub... and oil wells/processing plants. It was more the scenery I expected from Azerbaijan.
The mud volcanoes themselves were only about 8 foot/2.5m tall at their highest and the ...
... our flight to London Heathrow, which took 6 hours. A serious downgrade on the plane this time - there was no inflight entertainment on this one! We landed at 9.15pm and were greeted by The Archers to take us safely back to Paddocks End where warm hospitality awaited! It's good to be back! Tom finished Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Stayed at Paddocks End, Cookham [T&J Rating: 5/5] - great to be back ...
... clean, quiet old city where I feel I can finally breathe more easily. My nerves are a bit rattled, but I'm determined that this rocky start isn't going to set the tone for my Azerbaijan experience.
Luckily I find Baku's only hostel easily (it's actually just a private home with a couple rooms turned into dorm rooms) and they a free bed...
Let's call it a day.
Here I learn people speak speak Azeri, can understand Turkish because it's ...
... is located in the Absheron Peninsular which juts out into the Caspian Sea at a right angle. It is also, reputedly, one the most polluted place on Earth.
As I have said the first signs were grim as brilliant sunshine gave way to smog and a landscape that was heavily industrial.
However when we approached the city centre, the smog disappeared and was replaced by brilliant sunshine again.
We quickly found our hotel, ...
... We all wandered out for an evening along the boardwalk with drinks, dinner and bumper cars – a yummy meal of meat and veggies called Sadj, served on a metal plate heated below with hot coals.
The morning was filled with filling in visa applications, getting a bus, getting lost finding the Turkmenistan embassy, standing around waiting for entry then we all left the crew with the passports, cash and applications to wait ...
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
- Free parking