Caucasus Photo Journal – Week 11: Mestia and Ushguli

Every Friday during our three-month trip through the Caucasus I plan to publish a short series of photos that sums up the week that was.

This week we arrived in the mountainous region of Svaneti. The weather is a little inclement, but the scenery is breathtaking. From our base in Mestia, we took a trip to Ushguli – one of the highest settlements in Europe.

 

© Emily Lush 2017
Looking out over Ushguli, one of Europe’s highest continuously inhabited communities.
© Emily Lush 2017
Svan tower houses. In the past, life in the high Caucasus was so perilous that each individual home needed to be fortified. In the 1970s, around 200 of these towers were still inhabited.
© Emily Lush 2017
Svanish salt is a delicious blend of sea salt and spices. The Svans have no written form of language, so culture and tradition is passed down through song and dance – and even cuisine.
© Emily Lush 2017
Ushguli’s two lower villages, viewed from a church in the centre of the community. Ushguli was Queen Tamar’s fabled winter residence.
© Emily Lush 2017
Mountain house in Ushguli.
© Emily Lush 2017
A hulking Caucasian dog sleeping in Mestia.

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