Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sheki, Azerbaijan

There are numerous food stalls along the highway.  Melons-


Cold drinks and cooked corn-


As well as halvasi- candy which is made from peanuts, honey, sesame flour and whatever else they might add-


You never know what else you might have to slow down for-


There are billboards of the President everywhere-



There are huge entrance gates like this to cities.  This is the one at Sheki-


We visited the Khan Palace in Sheki, the summer home, which was built in 1797 but recently remodelled-


More intricate wood work on the exterior of the palace-


The stained glass windows are set in wooden latticework, without nails or glue.  This is Marianne in front of one of the beautiful windows-


There are many artisans in Sheki.  Hat makers-


and silversmiths-


Here are some other colorful shops-



This is a typical street scene-


Leaving Sheki, this is the scenery along the way.  It's a very dry climate!



Our next stop was at some mud volcanoes.  They are very weird, in fact, it seemed like we were on a different planet!


They bubble!


And cold mud flows down the sides-


Oil oozes out of the ground-


And there are pipelines everywhere!


Here is our bushcamp for the night-


Tomorrow, we're off to Baku to catch the ferry for Turkmenistan!








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