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Follow Pat O'Hara's search for the perfect moment in the national parks of the Eastern Caucasus. Eleanor O'Hanlon reports, with photos by Russell Sparkman.

Georgia veteran Peter Nasmyth returns to guide us into the history and heritage of the region. Denise Rocco captures it all in digital images.

April 29:
In Ancient Groves

April 28:
Batumi and Beyond

April 26:
Fly Tusheti Air

April 25:
An Image of Eden

April 24:
The Road of Friendship

April 22:
Patriarch of the Forest

April 21:
Monastery in the Desert

April 20:
Vashlovani Reserve

April 19:
The Living Pillar

April 18:
Preparing for the Journey

April 17:
Georgian Table

April 12:
Tbilisi Overview

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From: Peter Nasmyth
Location: London, England
Date: April 12, 2000

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Georgians have a saying about those who first visit, report on, or invade their country. "A guest," they say, "is a gift from God." The old survival technique to make your enemy your friend still works, and this small, much coveted and plundered culture has held up remarkably well over 2000 years of visitation.

The country can hold a powerful sway over its guests. In my case that began 13 years ago, when Georgia glowed as the richest, most welcoming, champagne-laden holiday resort of the Soviet Union. I'd been swept in on a tide of Russian literary enthusiasm for the ancient Caucasian nation. Not surprisingly Georgian hospitality hooked me. Standing under that majestic white horn of rock, Mt. Kazbek, I quickly understood why Tolstoy, Pushkin, Lermontov, Mandelstam had found themselves transfixed. The landscape was breathtaking, the culture no less dramatic. Proud, independent, highly artistic, Georgians proffered a natural friendliness and generosity, even within the suspicious Soviet clasp.

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A game of backgammon on the streets of Old Town.
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A woman drops her ballot in the box. Eduard Shevardnadze won re-election with over 80% of the vote.

Denise checks in

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Georgian Friendship
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