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Dining scenes in Old City Baku

As we stated in the Azerbaijan food post the choice and variety is immense when it comes to cuisine. It seems that wherever you choose you cannot go far wrong. There are one or two places in the Old City of Baku however that never escape a visit whenever we are in town. Lovely dining experiences in an old style setting, the caravanserais. Being a large point on the Silk Road there are a few caravanserai in Baku Old City. A place for resting, eating and networking. The entrances leading to old open topped courtyards, a place once to...

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Drive up high to the remote village of Xinaliq – Azerbaijan

In the north of Azerbaijan, in the mountainous region of Quba, is one of the highest, most remote villages in the Caucasus area and indeed Europe, Xinaliq. Over 2300m above sea level, in the middle of the Greater Caucasus mountain range that leads to Russia over the North side. Xinaliq is the local name, it is also known as Khinalug or Khinalig amongst many variations. This village was a place I had been told you have to see to believe. A place with a history well over 500o years, so unique and cut off through the thousands of years...

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The food and cuisine of Azerbaijan

As far as travelling with food in mind, Azerbaijan cuisine is up there in the top of my list of favourites. Each visit I always look forward to some traditional favourites as well as seeking out some delicious new dish I haven’t tried yet. With Azerbaijan having 9 of the 11 world climate zones you can imagine this has led to variety, colour and flavour. A country where the greens are a very flavoursome joy to eat on their own, or the meat dishes that get my mouth watering every time. Some Azeri dishes have spread around the world...

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Azerbaijan – Opera and Ballet Theatre Baku

Well, I think we all know now that I do love travelling to Azerbaijan. Not many places I have been to more than once with so much in the world to do and see. But, I fell in love with the country and the people on my first brief visit here so third time it was. Still lots to see and do. Of course, before heading into a new district of the country there is always time for a day or two in Baku. So much culture, so much heritage. New things to see around every corner. It is...

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German Christmas markets in Cologne

Like many German cities, Cologne (or Köln to use its German name) sparkles brightest at Christmas time, when its festive markets become the star attraction. This year are seven different markets dotted around the city, so there’s something for everyone, young and old. In each market you’ll find a happy throng of visitors and locals wandering among stalls selling wooden toys, tree decorations and woollen clothing; eating gingerbread and bratwursts and sipping from steaming mugs of glühwein (mulled wine) as they shop. Each market has its own unique glühwein mug, so you’ve the perfect excuse to try a drop...

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A Cumbria weekend with miles and smiles #BHsocialhike

It was time for another BaldHiker Social Hike weekend, #BHsocialhike, and a new weekend of hikes, new friends, old friends, miles and smiles. The venue this time was the upper Eden Valley, Cumbria and 2 contrasting but gorgeous hikes planned in and amongst the wine, food, chat, and laughs. The accommodation was secluded luxury at Waitby School, away from it all, on a hill near Kirkby Stephen. Everyone arrived on the Friday night, a lot of hellos and welcomes, and Saturday morning brought some cool sunshine with some of the group eager to get on the hills The fine...

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