Finally, two months after returning from our holiday, I have finished going through all my photos and writing the corresponding blog posts! These pictures are from our relatively laid back final days in Baku.
The most important photos first – more delicious Azeri food in gloriously tacky underground restaurants, completed with local wine and bread. I am hungry just looking at this!
We spent our last night being awfully touristy, and taking in the stunning night time views of Baku from atop the Hilton in their rotating bar. Admittedly when Chris suggested we check it out, I was a bit unsure, but it ended up being great fun. Entry was free, and drinks were not ridiculously expensive (around $6 AUD for a beer). Even if you came up and brought a can of soft drink it would be worth it for the views of the city on a clear day or night. Plus, they gave out free pringles with drinks purchased!
Our last day saw us with the morning to kill before our afternoon flight back to Australia, so we fit in one last walk into the city centre.
We walked from our hotel up to Şəhidlər Xiyabanı, a cemetery come park located near the Flame Towers that offers great views over Baku.
The park is quite interesting to explore as well, featuring memorials to public figures and an eternal flame.
The park also offers views over the suburb our hotel was staying in – as you can see, nowhere near as glamorous as the city centre!
Eventually the sun came out to treat us for a few hours, as we walked along the boulevard overlooking the Caspian Sea.
Chess is incredibly popular in the Caucasus, so it was not uncommon to find sets established in public spaces, and a small crowd standing on watching a match.
Chris complained that I took approximately 100 different photos of the Flame Towers. But hey, it isn’t my fault they were so photogenic!
And that brings this long-winded recounting of our adventures through the UAE, Oman, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan to an end! It was such an amazing holiday, taking us through some countries I would never have ever imagined previously visiting, but I am so glad that we did. From the desert in Oman, to the mountain tops of Georgia, and the high rises of Dubai – I truly feel so lucky to be able to travel this world.