Hello there! As I promised - the virtual photo tour to Azerbaijan is here! Here you will see places, faces, get a glimpse of the local culture, the nature, food and many more. I took some of the pictures with my camera, while others (no of of the best quality) with my phone. Some pictures took a few minutes to take, with really little preparation, while others took even shorter - seconds - as we flew by in our car. This is only Part I of the photo tour. Stay tuned for more. Meanwhile, enjoy!
Very first photo: “Bucket market” in the village of Vendam in the region of Gebele. All fresh! All good!
Tendir (tandoori) baked bread we enjoyed in the open air in the Guba region.
A beautiful view to a village in the Aghsu region.
Filled flatbreads, gutabs, made in Corat (read Jorat) village not far from capital Baku. The most prized Corat gutabi is made with camel meat. Hot from the oven. Sprinkle sumac on top and you will come back here again and again.
Boys having fun watering the trees and flowers in our Baku backyard.
Our black mublerry tree in Baku gave us some fruits. These mulberries are delicious beyond words! Juicy and sweet. Dangerous too - they leave stains on your face and cloths if you don’t handle them with care.
On the way to the region of Guba. Those boys you spot in the distance sell fresh baby hazelnuts - pricy but good. Our wallets were emptied.
Welcome to the city of Sheki. It is a beautiful region in the northeast. With lots of history, delicious food and friendly people with a good sense of humor.
Speaking of delicious food - this is Sheki’s famous delicacy. Sheki-style baklava (khown as Sheki halvasi). Crisply noodle-like layers filled with spiced nuts. Sweet and beautiful. Look at those saffron-painted patterns!
A glimpse inside that baklava. You may be hating me now.
That baklava goes particularly well with a glass of strong Azerbaijani tea, served in a pear-shaped glass, called armud istekan. This tea was enjoyed in the region of Ismayilli.
Glasses. Waiting to be filled.
A glimpse of nature in Gebele (aka Gabala). A paradise worth visiting.
Watermelon fields, somewhere in the countryside.
Can you spot them? I can.
She told me, “Why would you take my picture? I am not pretty” and laughed. She was beautiful and friendly. She is a roadside baker with a tendir nearby. Oghuz region.
We were happy with our purchase. Hot tendir-baked breads that were devoured on the spot.
Happy ducks roaming the grass in the region of Ismayilli.
One day we went for a picnic in the region of Guba (northwest). No picnic is complete without a samovar steaming nearby. Here’s my cousin preparing the mighty vessel for the tea table.
Here’s a typical scene on the road to the countryside. They march along the cars peacefully. Took this one on the go.
On the road to Sheki we also spotted this.
My favorite sound is that of tumbling river. This river is in Zagatala in the northeast.
Tendir-baked breads baked in the northeast look slightly different than those baked elsewhere. They are thicker, yellower on top, with a denser texture. This is Balaken-style tendir bread.
A picnic in the nature? Kabab is a must. Grilled meats on skewers browning to perfection.
Grilled vegetables are a must too. Summer is here. Veggies abound.
On the road to Sheki.
Icy cold spring water in Zagatala. We posed for the picture too.
Entering the region of Gakh (more photos in next tours).
Fresh haselnuts, not ripe enough yet. Zagatala. Cousin’s backyard.
Azerbaijan produces some good wine. Here’s a glimpse at wine bottles lined up in a supermarket.
A stolled the streets of Old City, downtown Baku, at night. A shop selling antique kitchenware. I dreamed of suitcases filled with them, to fly with me to LA.
Happy kids in the region of Balaken.
Spot me in the dark. Baku.
Our tea table for some impromptu guests in Baku.
To end the tour on a happy note - my cousin’s adorable son with his adorable dog Jessie. They live in Zagatala.
Stay tuned for more photos soon!