Ancient Khiva

Ancient Khiva – Oasis in Khorezm


In Uzbekistan, not far from Urgench, there s a town of Khiva more that 2,5 thousand years old. It is considered that the town grew around the draw-well Kheivak with its amazingly tasty water. Once Khiva was an important point on a trade route connecting the East and the West: the travelers stayed in this oasis in the middle of…

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Kazbegi, Georgia


Mount Kazbek is famous due to Russian literature: schoolchildren in the Soviet Union and some post-Soviet countries learnt by heart poetic pieces by Jury Lermontov or read books by Ilf and Petrov, all describing Kazbek. To this well-known dormant stratovolcano and one of the major mountains of the Caucasus, we came from Gonio through Batumi, Tbilisi, by Georgian Military Road.…

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Taos Pueblo, New Mexico


Taos is the oldest continuously populated settlement of the USA, situated about 70 miles away from Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Indians still living here are considered to belong to Pueblo people, although it is important to understand that “Pueblo” is very much of overgeneralization, since its tribes are very different in languages, cultures, and traditions. For instance, the language…

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