Baku, Azerbaijan – Heydar Aliyev International Airport

This is a beautiful airport! Terminal one – for international flights – is sleek and modern. The interior has a natural feel with wood trim, greenery and many windows: Add to this the cocoon shops, cafes and bars! Panoramic view from the second floor restaurant where we enjoyed breakfast! Breakfast of soft and hard cheeses,…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Maiden Tower & Bazar Square

The Maiden Tower, located in Old City, is one of Azerbaijan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a tower shrouded in mystery. First, the date of when the tower was built is debated.  Some historians believe it was built in the 14th century, other historians believe as far back as the 4th century. The purpose…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Inquisition Medieval Instruments of Torture

The temporary exhibit of Inquisition Medieval Interments of Torture hosted by the Palace of the Shirvanshah was as captivating as it was repulsive. Michael insisted the torture devices were not replicas – but the real deal. It was not enjoyable thinking that people died agonizing deaths in these devices. If these were original, medieval gruesome torture…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Palace of the Shirvanshahs

The Palace of the Shirvanshahs is a 15th century palace located in Old City and one of Azerbaijan’s first UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was built by the rulers of Shirvan – a historical district located in what is now modern Azerbaijan. It is a museum that houses a gift shop, a permeant exhibition and…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Sights of the Old City

Old City is the most ancient part of Baku, surrounded by walls, with two locations, Maiden Tower and Palace of Shirvanshahs, becoming the first World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in Azerbaijan. Making our way to the entrance from the Filarmoniya Park side of the city. Inside we first discover what looks to be sulphur baths!…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Sights on Our Walk to Old City

Here are sights during our walk to the historical core of Baku, Old City! I believe this is a picture of Azerbaijani politician Heydar Aliyev.   Poet and playwright Huseyn Javid:   Michael looking for rocks!  He collects rocks from all places we travel for a mosaic rock pathway he plans to build for our yet…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Hunting Republic

Michael and I were up early and out for our second full day in Baku! Our walk was to visit Old City, Baku. On the way, Michael and I stumbled upon a store that lined an entire block. The store was called Hunting Republic. This store was walking into an animal lover or anti-hunting supporter’s…

Baku, Azerbaijan – Walk to the Caspian Sea

Michael and I flew from Qatar to Azerbaijan. However, this flight out of Hamad International Airport was a final goodbye, a bittersweet farewell of our four years of expat life in Qatar. However, this flight launched a brand new, exciting chapter for us, starting with two months of travel before returning to Canada. First stop…

Newly Understood Differences Between Azerbaijan & Qatar

Azerbaijan was once a state of the Soviet Union and a Muslim majority country. More than 90% of the population are Muslim. Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan. One of my favorite experiences of travel is feeling the vibe of the location. The Muslim vibe in Baku was very different than that of the Muslim…