A fishing boat on the shore at low tide on a foggy day in Yarmouth Nova Scotia.
I’m still feeling relaxed and clean four hours after emerging from Tbilisi’s famous sulfur baths, called Bath Bakhmaro, located in the historic district and hard to miss by its distinctive brick domes. We had anticipated our visit since we first came to Tbilisi, and so we arranged to rent two rooms for our party–five women […]
Wurstmeister Mike Sloan rushes to the front door when he sees new customers entering. “Welcome to the Wurst Haus! Follow me for a sample of the best sausage in Missouri!” he proudly proclaims. Everyone hurriedly surrounds a metal tray dressed with hanging links of smoked bratwurst, a tip jar and bottles of hand-batched wurst soda. […]
We woke up in Mestia, about 30 km from the Russian border, and at 8 am we hit the winding road for a marathon 11-hour journey all the way back to the capital, Tbilisi. The previous day we had ventured even further up north and visited a church with frescoes still perfectly clear and […]
There is something about the tension between the canon and the boys pose, almost as if he is falling on the battlefield, that I like about this shot. Fort Anne National historic site, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.
Georgia is a fantastic food destination, it’s full of fresh locally grown vegetables and the chefs don’t feel the need to use a heavy hand with sauces or dunk everything in frying oil. Here are some of the highlights of Georgian cuisine that we tasted during our journey and some of the things that are […]
Even before we reached the grim industrial city of Gori, my friends on the bus were talking about how much they wanted to see the museum there dedicated to its most infamous son, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. When we got there, Joseph Stalin’s light green private rail car was what we saw first. He was […]
“In April 1894, a middle-aged gentleman, bearing a load of dresses, was rowed to the deepest part of the Venetian lagoon. A strange scene followed: he began to drown the dresses, one by one. There were a good many, well-made, tasteful, and all dark, suggesting a lady of quiet habits and some reserve. The gondolier’s […]
Founded by Germans in 1837, Hermann sits in a valley popularly known as the romantic Rhineland of Missouri. Tucked away on the longest river in America, early residents quickly took advantage of the sunny weather and fertile soil for growing grapes. The rocky nourishing dirt and steep slopes proved perfect for making award-winning white, light […]
Our day of travel and exploring across western Georgia began at the home and winery of Iago and Marina Bitarishvili in rural Mtskheta. This consonant-heavy small town is also the home of one of the country’s oldest churches, which was built high on a hill around the year 603. Seeing a church built in […]
We woke up in Sighnaghi and outside men were playing backgammon while a small dog sat majestically atop a stone step in the town square. Young men sat outside our hotel strumming on a four-stringed small guitar. I asked them if they could play any Rolling Stones, Dylan or Led Zeppelin and they laughed […]
Georgia: some random thoughts as we drove from the center of the country, Tbilisi, to the west: Along the road, we came to a detour, with two policemen directing our bus shunting us off to a dusty rutted road. We were driving through the remains of an old Soviet factory, one of hundreds that have […]