Eat, Pray, Love --in the Caucasus!

Eat, Pray, Love --in the Caucasus!

Here’s a surprise: If any one region on earth personifies the phrase “eat, pray, love” it is the Caucasus! Here’s why.

EAT: If you are a dedicated foodie you will be “over the moon” in the Caucasus; there is a sophisticated cuisine that has benefited from the Turkish and Persian empires surrounding it.  Fresh salads, the use of herbs and spices, fruits and nuts, makes for a delicious and healthful diet.  No wonder the area is famous for its long-lived people.  Add to this a seven thousand year old wine-making tradition in Georgia, famous mineral water and a world-class cognac produced in Armenia, delightful fruit beverages and modern wineries in Azerbaijan, (and of course, the Russian contribution of vodka) and you will want for nothing at the table.

PRAY: There is a mix of religions in the Caucasus.  In Azerbaijan, you will find more influence of the Persian Empire, with traces of Zoroastrian culture under the predominant Islamic faith. Due to a contemporary, cosmopolitan outlook (helped along by its rich deposits of oil) in Azerbaijan, Islam has a devout but tolerant following. Meanwhile, Armenia was the earliest nation to establish a Christian Church of its own, in 301 AD, and Georgia followed in its conversion to Christianity in 327 AD. That makes them two of the earliest converts in the world, and the outpouring of energy to the creation of places of worship is astounding. From the magnificent churches carved out of living rock in Armenia, to the mountaintop religious aeries of Georgia, the sheer impact of spiritual commitment channeled into beauty is enough to move anyone, of any religion. The presence of synagogues in urban areas is also a testament to tolerance.

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Silk and Spice Festival is held in my home city Bukhara

Silk and Spice Festival is held in my home city Bukhara

The Silk and Spice Festival is held in my home city Bukhara, Uzbekistan each year in May.

Ancient Bukhara is known as one of the most peaceful historic destinations in Uzbekistan. Intricate tile work on mosques and minarets glitter in the morning sun, shaded chaikhanas with comfy divans await a leisurely chat and fresh tea, and the stalls and shops of traditional craftsmen and artisans from throughout the  Silk Road countries are tucked behind the adobe walls of the old city which glow warmly in the desert sunset.

Yet once a year tradition breaks free and explodes across the city!

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What are you doing for New Year's next March?!

What are you doing for New Year's next March?!

While we eagerly anticipate signs of spring here in the northeast, the folks in Central Asia gear up for one of their biggest festivals of the year. Springtime and the solstice means New Years, or Navruz in these regions, and what a party! 

I'll soon be posting photos from this year's Navruz in Uzbekistan as I travel there to be with travelers, family and friends and I'll look forward to sharing the fun with you in person next year!  Come and enjoy the festivities with me and my extended family in Bukhara in 2017 as part of a fabulous trip to explore Uzbekistan. Mid-March 2017 will be our departure date to celebrate Navruz and discounts are available right now for travelers who wish to join us for this 10 day journey to one of the most interesting destinations on the Silk Road. 

The Uzbek celebration is an incredible mix of Persian Zoroastrian tradition and jubilant Uzbek culture. The whole country comes out to party showing off its finery with brilliant national costumes, lively music and dance performances, sports and games and handicraft displays.

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Our 10 Year Anniversary - Once-in-a-Life-Time Adventures

For our celebration we want to make 2018 a very special year for our travelers, so we have planned a series of extraordinary events and anniversary tours to recognize and celebrate our ten year anniversary.

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