Caucasus Photo Journal – Week 5: Baku, Azerbaijan

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 said goodbye to Georgia (for now) and hello to Azerbaijan. The overnight train ride from Tbilisi was wonderful and we hit the ground running in Baku, devoting our first day to idle strolls around the Old City. The rest of the week was spent learning more about Azerbaijan through a free walking tour of the city and a day trip to nearby Qobustan. This week I posted about my first impressions of Baku, shaped by our train ride and the people we encountered that night. I also shared two more stories from Tbilisi – the first is about buying handmade souvenirs and textiles, and the second is a collection of tips for eating out.

 

© Emily Lush 2017
Classic Baku architecture; channeling Paris in the spring.
© Emily Lush 2017
One of Baku’s countless public parks and gardens, all supremely well-kept.
© Emily Lush 2017
Inside Baku’s Old City. Listed in 2000, the Old City was the first of Azerbaijan’s historical sites to be recognised by UNESCO.
© Emily Lush 2017
An Azeria costume shop inside the Old City.
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Beautiful details on Baku’s doors and windows. Walking through the Old City conjures a blend of Oman, Marrakesh and Southern Spain.
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The lion, a symbol of fire, is the Old City’s animal emblem.
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Exploring the moon-like landscape of Qobustan, an hour’s drive outside of Baku on the Caspian coast.

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