A visit in March to see our son in Tbilisi, Georgia – with a side trip to Armenia and a stop off in Istanbul on the way home to find where my grand-parents met in the 1920’s.
Wild cyclamens are for sale on the streets for woman’s day, picked a day ago in the mountains.
Soviet era blocks of apartments edge the city with a backdrop of snowy peaks.
There is the old door of our guesthouse and the wooden balconies in the Old Town of Tbilis.
There are the cave monasteries of Davit Gareja, with their frescoes, that date from the 6th century, in a bleak and open landscape. We stepped in and out of Azerbaijan high up on the mountain.
In the museum in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia is the world’s oldest shoe. It’s leather and it’s 5500 yrs old, found in a cave in 2008.
Two academics are staying in our guesthouse, who are researching the geology and pollen environment surrounding the finding in Georgia, a couple of years ago, of the 1.8 million years old remains of Homo Erectus.
And then there are the Caucasus mountains. How old are they…..?