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Georgia on my mind

We’ve decided to take advantage of being so far east and drive a little further north towards Armenia and Georgia, into the spectacular Kackar mountains. This area once belonged to the Kingdom of Georgia so it feels quite different from the rest of Turkey. Map reading can be a bit tricky as lots of the places still have Georgian names as well as their Turkish ones.

We’re now in the highest part of the mountain range created by Turkey’s fault lines and it shows. Wooden villages are perched precariously on the steep mountain sides and you ain’t no one in Kackar without an elaborate winching system (or telepherique as they call it up here) to get your Ocado bags up to the front door.

The locals are super friendly, if somewhat bemused. They normally only get the occasional Austrian hiker and were keen to show us some trails. No doing we said…where we go, Lottie goes.

5 Responses to “Georgia on my mind”

Tim on 10/11/2010 at 11:33 pm said :

You’ll like this – Dave Towers was on The Apprentice… The designer who designed the product label for the brand/advertising task.

Charlie Hay on 11/11/2010 at 11:02 am said :

Isn’t that Alan Sugar on the right hand side of that last photo?

Adam on 11/11/2010 at 12:30 pm said :

Ha – in his best suit as well!

Adele Rackley on 12/11/2010 at 1:19 pm said :

What’s the massive stone structure the local lady is standing in front of? It’s a big contrast to the wooden village buildings – do you know how old it is?

Adam on 12/11/2010 at 3:58 pm said :

It’s actually a Christian church, and is indeed an incongruous structure – it’s on top of a hill and has over time been built all around close by with wooden houses. It was difficult to imagine how they built it, really, and it was quite a strange thing to come across.

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