Baku Photos

I’m experimenting with posting more photos, trying to show unique perspectives of our travels.  So look out for a post a day until I catch up with my camera roll.

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Evening walk by the open air archeological museum near our place in the old city. It was late as I was delayed at immigration getting my visa in order. Wife got our bag and independently got herself to the apartment.
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Heydar Aliyev Exhibition Center, named after current president’s father. This is the least spectacular view.
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One of many nicely renovated buildings
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Famous Flame towers lit with LED flames.
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One of the many Baku cats

 

What’s your favorite Zoroastrian reference:

  1. Freddy Mercury
  2. Amahl and the Night Visitors
  3. Ateshgah of Baku – Fire Temple
  4. 2001: A Space Odyssey

Answers in my next post.

Grandmother’s Lavash

Our first days in Baku we wandered around the old city.  I tried my hand at balancing teacups.  Looking for new adventures, we wandered around the outskirts of Baku taking a local bus out to the Fire Temple.  Originally, a temple around a natural flame worshiped by Zoroastrians.  Later, it was taken over by Sikh immigrants.

On the way back, we stopped at a small shop near the metro station.  I got a Lavash and a small tea (Lipton in a plastic cup).  Lavash is a type of flat bread common all over the lands of the old Ottoman Empire.  This one reminded me of my grandmother May. It had a slightly crunchy texture and yeasty butter taste that took me back to my childhood.

Afterward, I thought about how did my Grandmother learn to make Lavash.  Was it something she invented, or something from the Norwegians in Windom, Minnesota like Lefse.  Maybe some of the Russian immigrants from Mountain Lake made it.  I still remember the Borsch suppers at the Mennonite Church.  An even better story is that she learned about it from Azerbaijani or Armenian immigrants during the times she lived in  California.