PHOTO: Lush Armenian Countryside with Mt. Ararat as a Backdrop

Lush greenery of the Armenian countryside, with Mt. Ararat on the horizon

There was no escaping the imposing presence of Mt. Ararat as I traveled around Armenia. The mountain was always visible, whether driving through the lush green countryside or walking around the capital city of Yerevan. My first sight of Mt Ararat came at dawn, as my train from Tbilisi, Georgia was nearing Yeravan. Bleary-eyed from … Read more

Baku, Azerbaijan – The Smell of Money

A visit to the walled Old City, with its ancient architecture and narrol stone lanes, is one of the top things to do in Baku

From the moment I set foot in Baku, I knew there was something very different about Azerbaijan’s capital city. Mirror-clad skyscrapers and modern shopping centers stood juxtaposed against the 700-year old stone walls of the Old City. Elegantly dressed women in high heels negotiated crazy patchwork stone streets. Delicious cooking smells mingled with an unpleasant … Read more

The Historical UNESCO Monuments of Mtskheta, Georgia

17th century ciborium at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta Georgia beneath which the robe of Jesus is said to be buried

Mtskheta, the original capital of Georgia, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the place where the country first adopted Christianity in 334. Today, not only is it the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church, it is home to Jvari Monastery and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral, two important religious sites … Read more

Homage to Seneca Falls, NY – Birthplace of Women’s Suffrage

Park Ranger presentation on the history of the women's suffrage movement, inside the restored Wesleyan Chapel

I just finished watching day three of the Democratic National Convention. One sentence in Nancy Pelosi’s speech caught my attention. Speaking about women, she said, “Our diversity is our strength. Our unity is our power. This month, as America marks the centennial of women, finally, women winning the right to vote, we do so with … Read more