Travel Blogs from Baku
... newly erected 'like original' buildings, which makes it a little bit sterile and like Disneyland. In a similar way Paris might have been the blueprint for Baku's promenade and center, which is obviously also newly build, at least parts of it. All the big new cars and the expensive fashion stores complete this impression. ~ 12000 km since ...
After listening to the therapeutic sound of the fire crackling we took a short still across the nearby highlands (which reminded us of those little housing estates you find located next to an airport). We then shot off to our next destination, the Baku Ateshgah Fire Temple.
We arrived shortly after in an enormous cobble stone square, which looked as though it had been set up as an Olympic size-parking bay. Despite the ...
... From here the Caspian Sea looked so green and clear it could rival that of the Mediterranean.
It was hard to imagine that the petroglyphs were created so long ago. The markings on the rocks depicted cows, boats and people dancing, just to name a few.
James Bond, oil rigs and exotic women, yes this is Azerbaijan. We sneakily popped by the oil drills to capture the strange an alarming number of ...
... boarding the ship took about 4 hrs; from boarding to leaving the port took 3hours; time spent at sea was 27hrs, and time from arriving as the Turkmenistan port to clearing customs took at least another 4 hrs. Total transit between borders was 38hrs for what on a good day takes about 15hrs. Turkmenistan is the first 'stan’ on our itinerary and we are both eager and excited to bite our teeth into it and report back as to what these unknown ‘stan’ places are really like. ...
... creeping along, not making a valid catch for him. Just as we pass him, he turns his car around and returns back to Baku. What a moron.
- We get out OK, relieved the cop didn't report some trumped up charges, vowing never to return, and hire some hackers to shut down the countries sewer system or something fun. We are very happy and relieved when we cross into Georgia, where we are greeted in perfect English by guards on Segways: "Welcome to Georgia".
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking