It took the painter 3 months to complete this work. The photo doesn’t do it justice.
The best part of the Carahunge stop was this gorgeous field of poppies.
Eggplants softening up on the fire
During the day, the tunduk is uncovered to let the sun shine into the yurt.
This statue serves as a memorial to those who died in the 1988 earthquake.
I’m fairly sure pomegranates aren’t native to Kazakhstan, but the juice was good regardless!
Watching over the city
Walking along a ridge to the first spring
The Kyrgyz State Philharharmonic Hall
If you’re able to tip over your tulip-shaped glass like this without spilling anything, you know you have just the right amount of brandy for a tasting.
A hidden vegan cafe in an artsy district of Moscow
The fruit stand where I unwittingly purchased two kilos of apricots
Traditional Turkish breakfast
A fire truck sprays the crowd at Republic Square.
A statue of Medea holding the golden fleece stands in the center of Batumi’s European Square. Apparently, Georgia was the land where Jason and the Argonauts arrived to search for the legendary treasure.
Inside the train bathroom, the sign reads, “Press the pedal to flush the toilet.” Sadly, there was no water.
Kesha doing a taste test
This Dungan Mosque was built in 1910. It’s modeled after a Chinese Buddhist temple.
Kids treat us to a concert of traditional Christmas carols
Oliy Majilis (the lower house of parliament)
A view of Noravank from atop a hill
Looking out over Dilijan
Shah-i-Zinda mausoleum complex
The beautiful Cascade, all lit up
Statue of Amir Timur, alongside the Soviet-era Ukbekistan Hotel
Jazz musician at Fabrica de Arte
A shot I took of tourists driving by the Jose Marti monument in the Plaza de la Revolucion
Mosque in Ortakoy
Lake Kol Tor #nofilter
Nuts and seeds at the bazaar
Kyrgyzstan’s most famous eagle hunter
Moldova vs Belgium U21
A view of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque from inside the nearby Siob Bazaar
The complex of Echimiadzin Monastery, as my guidebook notes, was the capital of Armenia from 180 to 340 AD. It is one of the oldest churches in the world.
The aftermath of dinner with a big group of French hikers
A charming collection of handmade dolls
My neighborhood – Yasenevo
Another view of the city from the top of the mountain
A Kyrgyz woman waits for the horse games to begin.
Karakol’s Ferris wheel
The rest of the group had gone to the apricot festival the day before, so they treated me to some fruit on the way home!
Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa surprised me with its pink tilework.
A view from below of the Alphabetic tower
Amberd was built in the 7th century.
Yurt #5, mid-set-up
Kari Lich (Stone Lake) sits at the foot of the mountain.
The crumbling rescue boat station bears the words “Ни одной жертвы воде!” (“Not one more victim to the water!”)
Delicious baklava at the Day of the Seafarer celebration
St. Gregory the Illuminator cathedral, Yerevan
A charming Kyzyl-Oi scene on the way from my guesthouse to the village center
Republic Square “singing” fountain at night
Another beautiful moutain scene on the way to Kyzyl-Oi
One of my favorite shots from the weekend. To the right you can see the beautiful–but controversial–Holy Trinity of Tbilisi Cathedral