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Another Stolen Post

By Sherwoods

This has been one great trip!  I've been able to try even more hair styles,Another stolen postview architecture from the Soviet era, (stunning, simply stunning)Another stolen postand explore a fascinating part of the world with an expert guide.Another stolen postThis week, among lots of other things, we got to see the (actually) world-famous petroglyphs of Gobustan, of which there are more than 4,000 examples.Another stolen postThe art work was created by folks living in these parts even 100,000 years ago, and the little kids could hardly keep their hands off it.Another stolen postThe immense boulders upon which the carvings were made lay strewn among several small mountains rising from the plains at the edge of the Caspian Sea.Another stolen postThe area also contains an inscription by a Roman legionnaire, in the latter half of the first century, which is the furthest east of any evidence of the Romans.  Sophia found it amusing.  Something about why the gallinaceo crossed the via.Another stolen postThe associated museum was far less boring than expected.Another stolen postWe also visited Yanar Dağ ("Burning Mountain"), and although it wasn't much of a mountain, it was indeed on fire, thanks to someone carelessly igniting the naturally-leaking natural gas back in 1958.
Another stolen postThat day, we saved the best for last; that's right, the Mud Volcanoes of Gobustan!!Another stolen postThese little guys are also powered by natural gas, and they bubble and blop away harmlessly, the mud being cool, temperature-wise.Another stolen postThere were little bubbling lakes, which of course demanded offerings of mud balls.Another stolen postAfter scraping as much evidence of our visit off the shoes, pants, hair, etc., we loaded up.Another stolen postLater in the week, we abandoned the kids and visited the Old City of Bakú, sitting on the edge of the Caspian on the Absheron Peninsula.This really is an old, old place, with evidence of habitation for at least a couple of millennia, by successive waves of Turks, Tatars, Mongols, Russians, American diplomat families,  Another stolen postand Azerbaijani carpet merchants.  Oooh!  Pretty things!  Another stolen postWe explored underAnother stolen post and through
Another stolen post and around the old city,
Another stolen post which sits next to the busy harbor on the Caspian.
Another stolen postWe had to admit that the traffic, though really awful at times, was a little more organized, with fewer potholes to dodge than where we've been living.
Another stolen postMeanwhile, we're stuffed with great Georgian, Azerbaijani and whatever food, and are having fun with the grandkids.  We know they have to weigh our luggage at the airport, but we hope they don't weigh us.
We hope that your mud volcanoes are friendly too!

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