Safe, friendly atmosphere, not spoiled by civilization
Still a difficult destination
more than just oil-booming
Located in the walled town (Icheri-Shekher) (inside town ) the Maiden's Tower (Gyz Galassy) is Azerbaijan's best known landmark and the de facto symbol of Baku. You can climb its eight floors and enjoy a magnificent view of the old town and Baku bay. The cylinder shaped tower is about 30 metres tall with a diameter of 16.5 metres and walls 5 metres...more
Food very good. A nice but rather soulless bar (The Britannia) which has Efes, Xerdilan, Bitburger...more
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO EXPATS IN BAKU. I would like to warn Expats living in Baku that the Unlicensed Taxi drivers that sit close to OTTO bar are stopping Expats taking London Cabs. I have seen this 3 times now where 4 or 5 of them crowd round the person and physically pull Expats out of the London Taxi. On Tuesday Night a college of mine was subject...more
The Sheki bazaar is a great place to mingle with locals and see how Azeris shop and live in the country. Like in Georgia, bazaars are where most people do their daily shopping. An amazing variety of goods is on display, and there are designated sections for shoes clothing, toiletries, electronics and, of most interest for visitors, food. Azeris eat...more
Well it's hard to call Istanbul a restaurant it's more cafe quite good place for breakfast since it has it's own bakery and they make pretty good pasties and not overpriced at all,I would say very good value.But be careful they might try to charge you more, Tea cost 0.40 AZN and pasties 0.20 AZN.more
There is a museum of history of Ordubad in Ordubad :) The museum was created in 1980. 18th century "Qeyseriyye-Zorkhana" has been a home for the museum since May, 1990. Geyseriyye means covered east market and that's where they'd sell all kinds of jewels. In 17th-19th centuries fighters from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey came to fight and used...more
Ordubad is basically another region within Nahchivan, not too far driving away from Nahchivan city. It's a nice little town with its own villages and hosts many museums. Just like anywhere else in Nahchivan, the nature is picturesque and the people are amazingly friendly. One day is enough to visit all the museums and to grab a bite in one of the...more
Lahic is about 30 km from Ismaili over a rocky country road. You can take a taxi there, which may need to be a 4wd, or a bus if the weather is dry.
When we alighted from our marshrutka from Sheki in Ismaili we were immediately surrounded by taxi drivers eager for our money. We tried to ignore them but somehow got cornered by one whose friend spoke good Russian. They offered to take us there for 20 manat ($25) which seemed very reasonable.
What we didn't realize was that neither of them had any idea of how to get to Lahic, or how far it actually was. The third time they needed to ask directions, we stopped by a group of men idling in that typical Caucasian way. When they finally discovered how far Lahic was, and how bad the road is, they returned to the taxi and asked us for an additional 20 manat. Ever the American, I started to stress a little, but Mamuka simply smiled and got out of the car. I waited alone while some of them men peered in curiously, listening to an increasingly heated argument in Russian outside. I started imaging us abandoned, here in the barren hills of Azerbaijan, with only a large gang of fairly leering men to turn to.
Mamuka poked his head in, saw my tense expression, and exclaimed "Don't worry honey. This is great fun!". He resumed the argument, which eventually ended. The taxi men returned to the car and we started off. I turned to Mamuka in puzzlement. "How much extra did you pay them?" He answered "Nothing, of course! I told the leader of the gang that these men offered to take me to Lahic if I would pay them 20 manat. They are honour bound to adhere to that agreement. If I give them the 20 extra manat, their honour will be sold, for money that will escape their pockets within a few days. The leader agreed with me and ordered them to make sure we get to Lahic."
The taxi men unhappily dropped us off back in Ismaili, where they spoke to the driver of a 4wd and paid him our 20 manat. He in turn unhappily took us to Lahic, at a rate that is half of what locals pay, we later learned!
Zoroastrians are the followers of the Iranian prophet Spitaman Zarathushtra (known to the Greeks as Zoroaster) who lived and preached somewhere around the Aral Sea. The energy of the creator is represented in Zoroastrianism by fire and the sun which are both enduring, radiant, pure and life sustaining. Zoroastrians usually pray in front of some...more
Azeri scientists think this is an Albanian church; Georgians claim it to be the Georgian... Whatever the case it is worth of visit... Though most of it in ruins...
My Way Restaurant is a place for people who equate food with the highest form of art. It is also a restaurant for those who value a chef's Restoranmasterful ability to transform sustenance into culinary wonder.
No restaurant is a better symbol of Ganja than "My Way" Restaurant. Designed with a unique style, the restaurant is a modern classic that has been redefining National and International cuisine since 2007.
Calm lighting with candle-lit tables and the raised under-lit dining area belies the true atmosphere, Barwhich gets noisier as the evening gets going. But if you go earlier in the week it's a great place for a decent Asiatic meal and a good gossip over a sumptuous cocktail.
It's certainly one of the hottest places to lounge at the moment.
Favorite Dish: All kinds of national and international meals that they serve.
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